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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.

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Chemistry Instruction for the Next Generation graphic
by Deanna Cullen
Tue, 04/18/2017 - 18:24

Registration is now open for the inaugural Chemical Education Xchange Conference with a theme of Chemistry Instruction for the Next Generation. Recent chemical education research has informed the expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards and the revised AP chemistry curriculum along with changing expectations at the postsecondary level. The Journal of Chemical Education is sponsoring the virtual conference to support the chemistry education community by bringing together chemistry education researchers and chemistry educators at the secondary and postsecondary level to address the implications of increasing the use of student-centered strategies. 

Recent activity: 13 hours 40 min ago
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Sun, 04/09/2017 - 09:29

On April 22, 2017, people all over the world will be coming together to stand up for science. The March for Science is a part of a global movement by scientists, science-enthusiasts, and evidence-based policy makers to celebrate the integral role science plays in all our lives. The March will serve to further several goals, I encourage you to read about them.

Recent activity: 2 weeks 2 days 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: 2 weeks 5 days 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: 1 month 3 days 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: 1 month 6 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: 1 month 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: 1 month 3 weeks ago
Beaker app logo
by MeyersChemistry
Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:40

This week, one of my students alerted me to some mobile apps featuring chemistry. One, in particular, seems to be mostly free and incorporates a hands-on approach to conducting virtual laboratory experiments. The app is called BEAKER - Mix Chemicals and is offered by THIX on the Apple and Google Play Stores. My student demonstrated how the app works and I gotta say - it's pretty sleek.

Recent activity: 2 months 8 hours ago
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:02

Chem 101 is a FREE (for a limited time) app for any apple or android device designed to improve engagement in college chemistry courses. Although the intended audience is college level, there are modules appropriate for high school as well. Students can use the app to practice on their own, or instructors can create in-class or at home assignments.

Recent activity: 2 months 1 week ago