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by Melissa Hemling
Tue, 05/21/2024 - 14:59

Use the classic Lava Lamp Lab to make the concept of intermolecular forces more accessible!

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by Michael Jansen
Thu, 05/16/2024 - 11:46

The meaning of chemistry vocabulary may seem obvious to the teacher, but we cannot assume that students have the same understanding.

Recent activity: 1 week 6 days ago
by Melissa Hemling
Thu, 05/16/2024 - 07:50

Use magnetic chess as a brain break during chemistry class to help introduce potential energy versus interparticle distance graphs in a memorable way!

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Sat, 05/04/2024 - 07:44

Adding dyes to salting out experiments can create a variety of interesting color effects as the dyes differentially dissolve in the aqueous and organic layers. Can this differential solubility of dyes be explained using intermolecular forces as a guide? 

Recent activity: 3 weeks 5 days ago
by Josh Kenney
Wed, 05/01/2024 - 10:37

Josh Kenney explains an innovative POGIL-like approach to teaching stoichiometry, integrating LEGO pieces. Addressing student difficulties with stoichiometry's abstract nature, he designed a custom LEGO activity inspired by existing resources, promoting collaboration and enhancing conceptual grasp. This engaging approach primes students for complex stoichiometry challenges.

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by Michael Jansen
Thu, 04/25/2024 - 11:50

From bond energies to thermochemical equations, explore the convergence of pathways to the same result in teaching Hess’s Law of Heat Summation.

Recent activity: 1 month 4 days ago
by Ashley Green
Tue, 04/23/2024 - 11:39

Dive into the topic of gas laws through a station-based activity designed to engage students in hands-on exploration. Students articulate their understanding through particulate models.

Recent activity: 1 month 6 days ago
by Joseph Lomax
Fri, 04/05/2024 - 09:19

Joe Lomax suggests that making your students into a flowchart can better teach them the titration process while you and your class will enjoy the process!

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by Yvonne Clifford
Tue, 04/02/2024 - 14:47

This seasoned chemistry teacher is mentoring future educators. From hands-on labs to guest speakers, explore how she cultivates a vibrant learning environment and supports the next generation of chemistry rockstar teachers!

Recent activity: 1 month 4 days ago
by Christopher Kurowski
Tue, 04/02/2024 - 09:55

Explore the journey of a high school chemistry teacher who turned a playful challenge into a powerful teaching tool on TikTok! From quirky titration mishaps to acting out VSEPR geometries, this teacher has found endless ways to make chemistry come alive on the platform. 

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