JCE 91.09—September 2014 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education September 2014 Cover

Advanced Placement Chemistry Special Issue

The September 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. The September issue features a special issue of 20 contributions on Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry as well as many other articles to help students learn chemistry.

AP Chemistry Special Issue


The College Board has released a new framework for the advanced placement (AP) chemistry course and exam emphasizing big ideas, enduring understandings, and science practices; concomitant instructional changes are underway. In response to a call for papers on the AP chemistry curriculum and assessment redesign, chemistry educators at the high school and college levels have contributed papers collected in this special issue on AP chemistry to share ideas, best practices, perspectives, and recommendations for action.


Gregory T. Rushton, Associate Editor of JCE, introduces and contextualizes the Journal of Chemical Education’s Special Issue: Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry.

AP Chemistry Special Issue Content

Deanna Cullen has listed the 20 commentaries, articles, and labs in the AP Chemistry Special Issue as a Pick on ChedX. Contributions to the “Journal of Chemical Education Special Issue: Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry” have a designation that they are part of this collection.

Assessment Using Multiple Choice

Guide To Developing High-Quality, Reliable, and Valid Multiple-Choice Assessmentsby Marcy H. Towns; this article is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS’s Editors’ Choice program.

Chemical Education Research: Introductory Chemistry

Collaborative Professional Development in Chemistry Education Research: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice­by Gabriela Szteinberg, Scott Balicki, Gregory Banks, Michael Clinchot, Steven Cullipher, Robert Huie, Jennifer Lambertz, Rebecca Lewis, Courtney Ngai, Melissa Weinrich, Vicente Talanquer, and Hannah Sevian

Increasing High School Students’ Chemistry Performance and Reducing Cognitive Load through an Instructional Strategy Based on the Interaction of Multiple Levels of Knowledge Representation
by Dušica D. Milenković, Mirjana D. Segedinac, and Tamara N. Hrin

Identifying At-Risk Students in General Chemistry via Cluster Analysis of Affective Characteristics
by Julia Y. K. Chan and Christopher F. Bauer

Helping Students Learn Introductory Chemistry


A Study of High School Students’ Performance of a Chemistry Experiment within the Virtual World of Second Lifeby Kurt Winkelmann, Matthew Scott, and Deborah Wong

Description and Preliminary Evaluation of a Program for Improving Chemistry Learning in High School Students by José Peñaranda Armbrecht, Alberto Aragón-Muriel, and Germania Micolta


A Hands-On Activity Incorporating the Threefold Representation on Limiting Reactant by Angélica M. González-Sánchez, Edgardo L. Ortiz-Nieves, and Zuleika Medina


Visualizing Gas Adsorption on Porous Solids: Four Simple, Effective Demonstrationsby Ocean Cheung

A Simple Demonstration of Atomic and Molecular Orbitals Using Circular Magnets
by Maharudra Chakraborty, Subrata Mukhopadhyay, and Ranendu Sekhar Das


A General Chemistry Laboratory Course Designed for Student Discussion by Carrie A. Obenland, Kristi Kincaid, and John S. Hutchinson

Determination of Al Content in Commercial Samples through Stoichiometry: A Simple Experiment for an Advanced High-School Chemistry Olympiad Preparatory Courseby Kássio M. G. de Lima, Ámison R. L. da Silva, João P. F. de Souza, Luiz S. das Neves, and Luiz H. S. Gasparotto

A Novel General Chemistry Laboratory: Creation of Biomimetic Superhydrophobic Surfaces through Replica Molding by Samuel Verbanic, Owen Brady, Ahmed Sanda, Carolina Gustafson, and Zachary J. Donhauser

Discovery Labs in Materials Science

Sol–Gel Application for Consolidating Stone: An Example of Project-Based Learning in a Physical Chemistry Labby Desireé M. de los Santos, Antonio Montes, Antonio Sánchez-Coronilla, and Javier Navas

Noncovalent Derivatization: A Laboratory Experiment for Understanding the Principles of Molecular Recognition and Self-Assembly through Phase Behavior
by Amy S. Cannon, John C. Warner, Smaa A. Koraym, and Anne E. Marteel-Parrish

Simple Chemical Vapor Deposition Experimentby Henrik Pedersen

Teaching and Using Electronics

Description of the Role of Shot Noise in Spectroscopic Absorption and Emission Measurements with Photodiode and Photomultiplier Tube Detectors: Information for an Instrumental Analysis CoursebyRobert L McClain and John C. Wright

Teaching Electronics and Laboratory Automation Using Microcontroller Boards
by Gary A. Mabbott

Cyclic Voltammetry Simulations with DigiSim Software: An Upper-Level Undergraduate Experimentby Stephania J. Messersmith

From the Archive: Web-Based Resources for Chemical Education

This issue includes an article about open web tool that collects and curates physical and chemical data of hundreds of substances. By using this tool, students can navigate through data and find correlations and discover trends on their own. See: ChemEd X Data: Exposing Students to Open Scientific Data for Higher-Order Thinking and Self-Regulated Learning
by Brandon Eklund and Xavier Prat-Resina.

Some other Web-based resources from past issues of JCE include:

Interactive Web-Based Pointillist Visualization of Hydrogenic Orbitals Using Jmol by Shane P. Tully, Thomas M. Stitt, Robert D. Caldwell, Brian J. Hardock, Robert M. Hanson, and Przemyslaw Maslak

The Molecule Calculator: A Web Application for Fast Quantum Mechanics-Based Estimation of Molecular Properties by Jan H. Jensen and Jimmy C. Kromann

Photosynthesis in Dynamic Animations by Milada Teplá and Helena Klímová

With 91 Years of Issues, There’s Volumes of Resources in JCE

You will find all of the articles mentioned above, and many more, in the Journal of Chemical Education. Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print (ASAP—As Soon As Publishable) are also available.

The January 2014 issue will be available as a sample issue for the entire year. If you like what you read, subscribe! If you have something to share, write it up!