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Seawater Chemistry and Global Trade: Part 4

Continuation of the practical application of chemistry to seemingly something unrelated- global maritime trade. In this classroom activity students predict the buoyancy (and hence stability) of a merchant cargo ship based on interpretation of seawater surface salinity values. Like in the first three posts, the question types are conceptual. 

Seawater Chemistry and Global Trade: Part 3

This is the third post in a series dealing with seawater chemistry and global maritime trade. This classroom activity introduces the concept of salinity and tasks students to predict the range of salinities in certain regions of the ocean (coastal and open water, all four hemispheres, high and lower latitudes). Enjoy...

Chemistry of Canning: Classroom Activity Dealing with Concentrations and Molecular Structure

As autumn approaches it is that time of year to begin canning fruit like peaches. In canning light colored fruits, a chemical pretreatment is used to prevent darkening. This blog describes a classroom activity comprised of questions related to the chemistry of the pretreatment solution. The questions focus on the seminal topics of concentration and molecular structure.