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by Dean Campbell
Sun, 05/21/2023 - 10:50

Dean Campbell tries to use at least one demo for every class to illustrate concepts described in his chemistry courses. In this post, he includes short descriptions of the demonstrations and props he has used while teaching his collegiate General Chemistry II courses.

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by Amy Snyder
Thu, 05/11/2023 - 15:13

Experienced chemistry teachers offer tips for setting up labs! 

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by Josh Kenney
Tue, 05/09/2023 - 13:10

YouTube Shorts are 60-second vertical aspect ratio videos that are meant for cell phone viewing. Since they are shorter and easier for students to access than traditional YouTube videos, Josh Kenney has started creating more of them for his blended chemistry class. Check out some of his tips for creating effective chemistry tutorials with YouTube Shorts.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Tue, 05/02/2023 - 18:48

Learn the chemistry behind the reaction between calcium carbide and water...melon...?!

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by Michael Jansen
Tue, 05/02/2023 - 13:40

There are many ways that assessment can be done well. Michael Jansen shares what worked for him. 

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by Jim Webb
Wed, 04/26/2023 - 20:53

Have you seen the "salting-out effect"? This interesting demonstration shows a separation of two layers in a solution of water and an organic solvent by adding an ionic salt. Although this concept has important applications in organic chemistry and biochemistry, it can also be visually stunning and engaging for audiences. Read on to learn how to incorporate this demonstration into your chemistry lessons.

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by Ariel Serkin
Wed, 04/05/2023 - 10:22

Ariel Serkin shares an activity she has explored using natural acid base indicators with her food chemistry elective students. 

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by Dean Campbell
Fri, 03/31/2023 - 09:55

This timely post is a perfect fit for the theme of Chemists Celebrate Earth Week 2023! Algae is a rich topic with many possible connections to the chemistry classroom. Algae needs to take in light, carbon dioxide, and various simple nutrients and, though it can sometimes get out of control, can produce oxygen, diatomaceous earth, and other products. It can even fluoresce pink! 

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by Melissa Hemling
Fri, 03/24/2023 - 16:17

The AP with WE Service program is one way to incorporate service-learning into your AP course to improve student understanding of content and help develop the leaders of tomorrow.

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by Ariel Serkin
Mon, 03/13/2023 - 15:05

Congratulations on becoming a PAEMST finalist. Now what? After the grueling application process, you realize that you now have to write an addendum. Here are some tidbits to help you navigate this hectic week.

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