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by Tom Kuntzleman
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 09:26

The solution to Chemical Mystery #11, which involves the Leidenfrost Effect, is presented.

Recent activity: 11 months 2 weeks ago
by Chad Husting
Sun, 03/04/2018 - 08:08

I first learned about argument driven inquiry through a post written by Ben Meacham. I was interested in both the stoichiometry  lab and the way that it was presented to the students through Argument Driven Inquiry. This lead me to the Argument Driven Inquiry (ADI) website. The website provided many resources. 

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Recent activity: 10 months 6 days ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:04

What happens if you place metal that is glowing orange-hot into some water? Watch this video and find out!

Recent activity: 11 months 2 weeks ago
by Lowell Thomson
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 22:55

Inspired by Ben Meacham's ost on stoichiometry, I looked to modify the lab sequence for my IB Chemistry class for our unit on stoichiometry. I will describe my experience modifying a typical empirical formula lab, along with using a modified version of the lab Ben shared.

 

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Recent activity: 10 months 4 days ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:59

What happens if you cool a Scrub Daddy sponge in liquid nitrogen (or dry ice) and subsequently strike it with a hammer? Let's find out! 

Recent activity: 11 months 4 weeks ago
by Dan Meyers
Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:28

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics? I have been able to draw many similarities and relevance to what I am teaching in the classroom. How about you?

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Recent activity: 11 months 3 weeks ago
by Kaleb Underwood
Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:08

As I drive home from work every day in Houston, TX I am greeted by the entrancing voice of Dr. John Lienhard, now an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering and History at the University of Houston.

Recent activity: 1 year 1 day ago
by Chad Husting
Sat, 02/10/2018 - 18:04

The concept of the mole has always been a challenging topic for myself and my students. The challenge comes in part when we try to imagine 6.02 x 1023 of anything. Another challenge for some students is the math and theory behind this number and concept. I have tweaked an activity to help guide my students to an understanding of these concepts.

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by Jordan Smith
Mon, 02/05/2018 - 15:33

 

Do you require your students to learn all the element names and symbols? Do your students struggle with chemical nomenclature, chemical equations, or stoichiometry? You may want to consider getting them back to the basics.

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Recent activity: 11 months 4 weeks ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Sun, 02/04/2018 - 10:02

A simple laboratory experiment in which students simply measure the wavelength of light is described. An LED light, diffraction glasses, and a meterstick are the only required materials.

Recent activity: 1 year 1 week ago