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by Mary Saecker
Wed, 05/10/2017 - 14:32

The May 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: project- and inquiry-based laboratories; measuring value and impact; research on core ideas and clickers; new twists on classic activities; understanding diffraction; acid-base chemistry; teaching informed by technology: flipped learning, biochemistry labs, and scientific computing for chemists; from the archives: chemistry helps feed the world.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Kaleb Underwood
Tue, 05/02/2017 - 08:55

I found a version of this demonstration online a couple of years ago. I admit, when I first tried it with my class it was mostly for a crowd pleaser to demonstrate the activity series of metals, but I then became very intrigued by the processes occurring. The original source only referenced the “single replacement reaction” between Mg(s) and AgNO3(aq). Therefore, when I saw a grayish product (silver) I was not surprised. However, I was surprised by the white flash and the production of a white product, which were reminiscent of the classic combustion of magnesium demonstration. This led to some research and my conclusions that follow. Read through to the end and you will find a video of the demo.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Thu, 04/13/2017 - 17:35

Erica Jacobsen shares highlights from the April 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education that are of special interest to high school chemistry teachers.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Mary Saecker
Wed, 04/12/2017 - 20:49

The April 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: green chemistry; environmental chemistry; using food chemistry to teach; 2016 Jame Bryant Award; development of important skills; chemical education research: assessment; advanced laboratories; from the archives: water quality.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Erica K. Jacobsen
Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:05

Throw the phrase “chemistry class” at someone to get their reaction. What do you predict it would be? A chalkboard full of stoichiometry problems? Wading through the atomic masses on the periodic table? Bubbling beakers? Something else? In any case, I’m guessing his or her first answer would not be, “Creative writing.”

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:06

The March 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: protein chemistry; making connections in in chemical education research; chemical bonding; importance of non-technical skills; courses built on reactivity; periodic table; heterocyclic compounds; teaching resources; from the archives: Using Wikipedia and Wikis to teach.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Doug Ragan
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 23:51

In an effort to better understand my high school students' knowledge of what is happening during phase changes, heating curve calculations, and the ever popular can crush demo, I run them through a series of activities. First, I ask my students "What Temperature Does Water Boil At?"

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Erica Posthuma
Thu, 02/16/2017 - 09:38

Food chemistry is an interesting and fun class for students. Read the article for some suggestions about resources along with an outline of a unit developed around water in cooking. 

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Recent activity: 1 year 1 month ago
by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:40

Julia Winter is the 2016 Conant Award winner. She is a veteran chemistry teacher from Michigan. You can watch a video interview recorded March 2016.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 02/14/2017 - 14:30

The February 2017 online issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now to subscribers. Topics featured include: surface chemistry; chemical identity thinking; conceptual understanding; communicating science to the general public; activities and labs linking chemistry and art; history and chemistry; early access to research; technology as instructional support; synthesis laboratories; from the archives: bottle chemistry.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago