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by Thomas Cox
Fri, 10/08/2021 - 14:01

A brinicle is a finger-like formation of super-cooled briny solution that grows underneath sea ice. The formation process of this ‘ice finger of death’ has only recently been captured for the first time on camera. T

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by Michael Jansen
Wed, 10/06/2021 - 15:23

Michael Jansen contemplates his student's reaction to a last minute switch to an old school delivery of a lesson.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Mon, 09/27/2021 - 16:42

Inspired by a recent article in the Journal of Chemical Education, Tom Kuntzleman attempted to extract lithium from a coin battery, and to use the extracted lithium to produce a pink flame.

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by Nick Thomas
Mon, 09/27/2021 - 13:21

When introducing acid-base theory, the concept of indicators and their pH color changes is usually discussed. To illustrate some color transitions to students, a classroom demonstration has been devised based on a memorable scene from Disney’s 1964 movie Mary Poppins.

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by Chad Husting
Sat, 09/25/2021 - 16:07

Chad Husting uses a few simple gas law experiments to introduce his students to the particulate level of chemistry.

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by Patrick Brown
Thu, 09/16/2021 - 19:41

A primary goal of modern education is to prepare students for a globally competitive society. Importantly we must ask questions such as, “who is doing the hard intellectual work in the classroom?” and "what does doing hard intellectual work look like?"

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by Dean Campbell
Thu, 09/16/2021 - 15:18

The familiar soda fountains that can be produced by adding Mentos candies to plastic bottles of carbonated beverages can also be produced by adding objects to carbonated beverages in aluminum cans. A variety of simple methods for producing soda fountains from cans are described.

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by Chad Husting
Mon, 09/06/2021 - 14:03

Chad Husting explains how he used two hands on activities to get a sense of where his students were at within the realm of labwork and the scientific process as school began. 

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by Francisco Villa
Sun, 08/29/2021 - 16:45

Yes, sitting down and having "The Talk" with your students- the one focused on their careers and goals. Sometimes it is difficult and each student can be very different. But it is still worth it in the long run to do this.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Wed, 08/18/2021 - 09:09

Check out the solution to Chemical Mystery #18: Peek A Boo Blue! 

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