JCE 93.12 December 2016 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education December 2016

Improving Student Understanding

The December 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: synthesis in the laboratory, examining and using a flipped classroom, improving labs through multimedia-based and student-directed learning, using applied math for better understanding, improving student understanding of thermodynamics, inclusive chemistry teaching, using manuscript review for assessment, climate chemistry, spectroscopy experiments, performing safe demonstrations.

Cover: Synthesis in the Laboratory

In , Yujia Xie, Xiaoxing Liu, and Minli Tao discuss a multistep experiment for a synthesis laboratory course that incorporates organic synthesis, chemical analysis, and instrumental analysis. In the experiment, students characterize a tertiaryamine-functionalized polyacrylonitrile fiber (PANTF) synthesized from polyacrylonitrile fiber (PANF) and N,N-dimethyl-1,3-propanediamine (shown on the cover). Students then use PANTF as an immobilized catalyst in a three-component condensation reaction. At the end of the reaction, the fiber catalyst can be easily separated from the reaction system by simple filtration and used directly in the next cycle. SEM images of PANF (left half of cover, shown at two different levels of magnification) and PANTF (right half of the cover, shown at two different levels of magnification) reveal that the smooth surface of PANF becomes slightly rougher after reaction to form PANTF.

Other synthesis labs in this issue include:

~ Meghan R. Johnston, Alexandros Makriyannis, Kyle M. Whitten, Olivia C. Drew, and Fiona A. Best

~ Craig N. Streu, Randall D. Reif, Kelly Y. Neiles, Amanda J. Schech, and Pamela S. Mertz


Norbert J. Pienta highlights Journal of Chemical Education content in 2016 and acknowledges contributors to the Journal in .


Harry E. Pence discusses the opportunities for chemical educators available through cloud computing.  By every student in a class can have access to all of the resources necessary for the class, which encourages collaboration and the development of new educational models.

Examining and Using a Flipped Classroom

~ Suazette R. Mooring, Chloe E. Mitchell, and Nikita L. Burrows

~ James C. Shattuck

~ Jenay Robert, Scott E. Lewis, Razanne Oueini, and Andrea Mapugay

  ~ Mary S. Lenczewski

Improving Labs through Multimedia-Based and Student-Directed Learning

~ Sherri C. Young, Keri L. Colabroy, and Marsha R. Baar

~ Patrick Gryczka, Edward Klementowicz, Chappel Sharrock, MacRae Maxfield, and Jin Kim Montclare

~ Sehat Ullah, Numan Ali, and Sami Ur Rahman

~ Fung Fun Man

Using Applied Math for Better Understanding

~ João E. V. Ferreira, Ricardo M. Miranda, Antonio F. Figueiredo, Jardel P. Barbosa, and Edykarlos M. Brasil

~ Yingbin Ge

~ Matthew N. Srnec, Shiv Upadhyay, and Jeffry D. Madura

Improving Student Understanding of Thermodynamics

~ Romain Privat, Jean-Noël Jaubert, and Edouard Moine

~ Carmen Álvarez-Rúa and Javier Borge

Inclusive Chemistry Teaching

~ Felipe A. Vitoriano, Vânia L. G. Teles, Ivanise M. Rizzatti, and Régia C. Pesssoa de Lima

~ Anthony S. Stender, Ryan Newell, Eduardo Villarreal, Dayne F. Swearer, Elisabeth Bianco, and Emilie Ringe

Using Manuscript Review for Assessment

~ David J. Gorin, Elizabeth R. Jamieson, K. T. Queeney, Kevin M. Shea, and Carrie G. Read Spray

Climate Chemistry

 ~ C. Frank Shaw III, James W. Webb, and Otis Rothenberger

~ Mario Wriedt, Julian P. Sculley, Darpandeep Aulakh, and Hong-Cai Zhou

Spectroscopy Experiments

~ Megan M. Ackerman, Christopher Ricciardi, David Weiss, Alan Chant, and Christina M. Kraemer-Chant

~ Molly C. Larsen and Russell J. Perkins

~ Teresa L. Rapp, Susan R. Phillips, and Ivan J. Dmochowski

From the Archives: Performing Safe Demonstrations

Demonstrations can be an engaging and effective way to show chemistry in action, but they need to be conducted in the safest manner possible. In this issue, John J. Dolhun discusses . Some additional articles that address the noise level from exploding chemical demonstrations are:

~ Kent L. Gee, Julia A. Vernon, and Jeffrey H. Macedone

~ Jeffrey H. Macedone, Kent L. Gee, and Julia A. Vernon

Additional articles that improve on the safety of popular demonstrations include:

~ John J. Dolhun

~ John J. Fortman, Andrea C. Rush, Jennifer E. Stamper

~ Robert B. Gregory and Matthew Lauber

A very safe way to experience a demonstration is with a video, such as the ! collection available to subscribers of .

Improving Understanding with JCE

With 93 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education to explore, you will always find something to improve understanding—including the , and many more, in . Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print () are also available.

Do you have something to share? Write it up for the Journal! For some advice on becoming an author, read . In addition, numerous author resources are available on JCE’s ACS Web site, including: , , and