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by Melissa Hemling
Thu, 03/18/2021 - 17:25

Melissa Hemling shares her favorite manipulatives along with cheap at-home alternatives to help students visualize VSEPR.

Recent activity: 6 months 1 week ago
by Ben Meacham
Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:30

Ben Meacham decided to alter his approach to teaching about enthalpy and focus on getting students to first develop the mathematical model for enthalpy of solution so they could eventually apply it to make predictions for different solutes being dissolved. In this blog post he shares the process he used with his class.

Recent activity: 6 months 2 weeks ago
by Josh Kenney
Tue, 03/16/2021 - 08:38

March is Women's History Month and talking about female chemists' work during class is a great way to celebrate the month. Here, the author discusses three ways to highlight female chemists in a chemistry class.

Recent activity: 6 months 2 weeks ago
by Thomas Cox
Sun, 03/14/2021 - 22:30

Per label, 39 grams of table sugar (sucrose) are in a 12fl.oz. can of a Red Bull beverage. Visually, how much is 39 grams of anything? Check it out in this post.

Recent activity: 6 months 2 weeks ago
by Clarissa Sorens...
Mon, 03/08/2021 - 19:09

Evaluations are part of our everyday lives. This multi-part blog series aims to expand our collective understanding of evaluation. Part 3 focuses on reflections and critiques of some prominent evaluation theories.

Recent activity: 6 months 3 weeks ago
by Dean Campbell
Sat, 03/06/2021 - 22:07

The blossoms of eastern skunk cabbage produce heat for a couple of weeks in early spring. This heat, which can be detected using an infrared camera, results from oxidation of carbohydrates. The mechanisms behind this process can be used to introduce energy transduction during classroom discussions of thermochemistry.

Recent activity: 6 months 3 weeks ago
by Melissa Hemling
Sun, 02/28/2021 - 17:00

Are you having a hard time describing 3-D drawings or or showing motion of particles in your digital assignments? GIFs can help!

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Recent activity: 6 months 1 week ago
by Kathleen Carrigan
Mon, 02/22/2021 - 22:35

Community colleges offer associates degrees in mortuary science and Chemistry for Funeral Service or similar type courses are typically part of the associates degree curriculum. This post is written primarily for faculty who may advise students in this career path. This post (Part 1) will discuss a few reasons why taking chemistry is important for students pursuing a career in mortuary science.

Recent activity: 7 months 6 days ago
by Melanie Harvey
Sun, 02/21/2021 - 20:20

Service animals will continue to become more common in chemical laboratories. It is important that chemistry faculty and departments are prepared to safely accomodate students with service dogs in laboratory courses. 

Recent activity: 7 months 1 week ago
by Dean Campbell
Sat, 02/20/2021 - 10:43

Cold weather brings about the opportunity to demonstrate glass transition temperatures of polypropylene containers.

Recent activity: 7 months 1 week ago