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by Melissa Hemling
Mon, 02/25/2019 - 19:28

Like many AP Chemistry teachers, I was not fond of teaching Photoelectron Spectroscopy (PES). Surprisingly, I fell in love with teaching PES in AP Chemistry this year after I made an old-school change.

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by Stephanie O'Brien
Tue, 02/19/2019 - 18:50

Given a guiding question, students determined what they wanted to test, did the experiment and got their CER boards ready for review. Instead of a regular argumentation session, we had a glow and grow session, where students had to provide positive and negative feedback for each board.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:46

You can figure out how this Valentine's Day experiment was done...if you know your chemistry, that is!

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by Ariel Serkin
Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:26

Molecule Monday is an opportunity to engage students in the chemistry of everyday life.

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by Lauren Stewart
Thu, 02/07/2019 - 17:59

We all know how fundamental the mole concept is for stoichiometry. This year I brainstormed ways to really make it stick. I decided to do multiple mini-practicums, one for each learning target of the mole unit. I am sharing brief descriptions of the mini-practicums I did for each learning target.

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by Josh Kenney
Thu, 02/07/2019 - 06:22

Many researchers have attempted to characterize the knowledge of an expert teacher, and it's complex, to say the least.

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by Chad Husting
Wed, 02/06/2019 - 20:14

I have an extreme fascination with the periodic table! And, so does my colleague, Mike. Let me tell you some ways we are celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table.

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by Kristen Drury
Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:17

Answers to common questions about the AP Chemistry Exam format, content, and grading.

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by Doug Ragan
Sun, 02/03/2019 - 15:46

National Periodic Table Day is February 7th. Check out some of my favorite periodic table resources.

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by Ben Meacham
Tue, 01/29/2019 - 16:43

If you are looking to go beyond using traditional, arguably misleading, definitions of entropy involving “disorder” and “messy bedroom” analogies, the Boltzmann Bucks game fits the bill. The game, pulled from a Journal of Chemical Education article, provides a wonderful opportunity for students to more accurately conceptualize entropy.

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