June 2022 Xchange

The June 2022 Xchange highlights some of the contributions that have recently been published on ChemEd X. We hope you will take a moment to check in and see what you may have missed. 


Can Alkaline Water Change Body pH?

Can Alkaline Water Change the pH of your body? We use chemistry to put this claim to the test!


Gas Laws Interactive Notebook

Nora Walsh shares the outline of the interactive notebook pages she uses for her gases unit. All of the documents and foldables are available for download.  

Don't miss our next ChemEd X Talk! Nora will share tips and advice for integrating interactive notebooks into chemistry lessons. She will share both general and specific tips on everything from organizing your classroom for notebooking to how to plan layouts, general and specific ideas for input and output, and some ideas on grading/scoring interactive notebooks. Join us on July 11th, 2022!  ChemEd X Talk: Integrating Interactive Notebooks into chemistry courses


Using Candy To Simulate Alpha and Beta Decay

This engaging activity uses wrapped and unwrapped candy to simulate alpha and beta decay.


Seawater Chemistry and Global Trade- Huh?

Maritime shipping is the backbone of global commerce and trade. How is the chemistry of seawater involved in the complex, intertwined network of international trade? Let's find out.


Getting to Know Dean Campbell and his Favorite Demo!

Dean Campbell is a veteran instructor that enjoys sharing his passion for chemistry with students, instructors and the public. Get to know Dean and learn about his favorite demonstration!


Lessons from the Early College High School Model

Early Middle College High Schools are growing in popularity. They are an alternative public high school program where students earn up to 60 college credits while completing their high school diploma. Here, the author describes some lessons learned while teaching at an early college program that helps prepare students for college and careers.


Applying "Make it Stick" to Chemistry Teaching

"Make it Stick" is filled with research-based recommendations to improve the effectiveness of learning.


KoolAid and similar drinks as convenient laboratory reagents: The weak acid-strong base titration of citric acid or malic acid

The major component of a non-carbonated drink such as KoolAid or a similar beverage is usually a fruit acid, either citric acid or malic acid. The titratable acid (H+) concentration of such drinks has been found to be in the range of 0.02 to 0.04 M. A weak acid-strong base titration of these drinks with 0.1 M NaOH solution is feasible as a student exercise. The use of such drinks as reagents is safe, convenient, and inexpensive. Experiment instructions are included. 


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