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by Josh Kenney
Fri, 03/04/2022 - 18:50

Practice problem answer keys that provide correct and incorrect answers increase student metacognition and lead to more thorough learning.

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Recent activity: 5 months 1 week ago
by Michael Jansen
Fri, 03/04/2022 - 09:50
Michael Jansen typically teaches his students to solve qualitative chemical equilibrium problems using an ICE table but once students have mastered this skill, he introduces LeChâtelier’s Principle and a modified quantitative ICE table.
Recent activity: 5 months 2 weeks ago
by Melissa Hemling
Tue, 03/01/2022 - 08:03

Bring the fun of the viral word game "Wordle" into the chemistry classroom!

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Recent activity: 3 months 2 days ago
by Josh Kenney
Mon, 02/28/2022 - 10:21

Recently, Josh Kenney took time from his regular scheduled chemistry curriculum to investigate a student's claim that chocolate cake was an acid-base indicator. 

Recent activity: 5 months 2 weeks ago
by Joseph Lomax
Sun, 02/27/2022 - 19:55

In two connected ways, thermodynamics describes how both physical or chemical processes spontaneously trend towards equilibrium. This post is concerned with showing how free energy (ΔGrxn) changes as the reaction quotient (Q) changes as both trend towards the special condition, equilibrium, described by the constant K.

 

Recent activity: 5 months 3 weeks ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Tue, 02/22/2022 - 18:21

Tom Kuntzleman conducts a safer "mercury-like" beating heart experiment with an added splash of gratefulness.

Recent activity: 5 months 3 weeks ago
by Kathleen Carrigan
Mon, 02/21/2022 - 20:02

How to build confidence in your students and minimize aggression.

Recent activity: 5 months 3 weeks ago
by Dean Campbell
Thu, 02/10/2022 - 08:42

Balloons that inflate using carbon dioxide produced from the reaction of citric acid and sodium hydrogen carbonate can be used to demonstrate a number of aspects of chemistry. Gas laws were used with the balloons to illustrate limiting reactants, molar mass of gases, and rockets. The endothermic reaction in the balloon was visualized with an infrared camera, and the Green Chemistry aspects of these balloons were considered.

Recent activity: 6 months 6 days ago
by Kristen Drury
Mon, 02/07/2022 - 06:41

Explore a chemistry activity designed to have students measure quantities and calculate the moles and number of particles contained in the sample. 

Recent activity: 6 months 1 week ago
by Tom Kuntzleman
Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:22

Did you figure out how to create a multi-colored mixture? Check out the solution to Chemical Mystery #19: Multi-colored Mixture!

Recent activity: 6 months 1 week ago