Picks

ChemEd X contributors and staff members are continually coming across items of interest that they feel others may wish to know about. Picks include, but need not be limited to, books, magazines, journals, articles, apps—most anything that has a link to it can qualify.

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by Kaleb Underwood
Tue, 07/04/2017 - 15:52

As part of a two-week Chemistry Modeling Workshop™ in Houston, TX, I had the opportunity to read the Journal of Chemical Education article “When Atoms Want” by Vicente Talanquer of the University of Arizona. I researched Dr. Talanquer and discovered he created a collection of simulations called Chemical Thinking Interactives (CTI). These digital tools illustrate many chemistry topics with a focus on the particulate nature of matter.

Recent activity: 1 week 1 day ago
by Lowell Thomson
Tue, 06/20/2017 - 02:26

I would like to share a new product from Atomsmith, the Atomsmith Classroom Online. It is run in HTML 5, and thus no problems with Java, Flash, or any other system. With a price of 10.99 per year for teacher access and 1 dollar for each student, it is within reach of many school budgets.

Recent activity: 3 weeks 7 hours ago
Making Sense of Climate Change Denial
by Tom Kuntzleman
Sat, 06/10/2017 - 06:29

A fantastic resource to help you learn more about how to teach climate change and global warming is described.

Recent activity: 1 month 1 week ago
by Hal Harris
Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:20

In “A Global Warming Primer”, Jeffrey Bennett provides a template for conversation about the most pressing global environmental issue of our time. The author also recommends a link to the ACS Climate Science Toolkit that offers many useful resources for learning about and teaching the concepts related to climate science.

Recent activity: 1 month 3 weeks ago
Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution Simulation from Wolfram
by Lowell Thomson
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:36

In this Pick, I will share a replacement simulation I found for studying Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution Curves, as the previous online simulation I used was no longer working due to Java issues.

Recent activity: 2 months 4 weeks ago
by Chad Husting
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 17:39

Each week I decided to put on paper, or in a blog, one concrete action that I could take that I was pretty sure would help at least one student. After almost three years and close to a hundred entries, the entries were separated into categories by multiple people. The result was pretty clear....my biggest struggles were with assessment.

Recent activity: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Screen shot of app description on iTunes store
by Doug Ragan
Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:11

According to the app store description, Chemical Formula Challenge is "An educational game to improve your ability to form chemical formulas from chemical names. You can either play it yourself or challenge a friend". The app features different levels of play such as easy, normal, and hard regarding the difficulty of the ions. As an example, beryllium chloride is considered "easy" while lead II nitride is considered "hard". The app then gives the user several ions to choose from and the user must then select the correct number of ions needed to balance the formula correctly.

Recent activity: 4 months 9 hours ago
by Lowell Thomson
Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:43

I was at a workshop recently, when a friend suggested I read, Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Atkins, Oxford University Press. The friend suggested the book would not take long to read, and given the name included the phrase "A very short introduction" who was I to argue? So I bought the Kindle Version of the book for about $7 U.S. and got to reading.

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Recent activity: 4 months 2 days ago
by Chad Husting
Sun, 03/12/2017 - 10:45

 If this is a site all about chemistry teaching, what in the world does a book called "10% Happier" have to do with anything? Let me explain....I'll try the short, condensed, one page executive summary.

Recent activity: 4 months 1 week ago
by Deanna Cullen
Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:11

Women’s History Month (March 1 - 31, 2017) honors the contributions of women to American culture and society. The American Chemical Society has selected some women scientists that contributed to important discoveries during times of rampant gender discrimination. Consider sharing these with your students.

Recent activity: 4 months 2 weeks ago