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Electrolytic Dissolution of Copper Metal

Thu, 08/15/2013 - 20:43 -- Tom Kuntzleman

Looking for an easy, hands-on experiment to use in your classroom at the beginning of the school year? In the June, 2013 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education, Isao Ikemoto and Kouichi Saitou describe a simple experiment to demonstrate the electrolytic dissolution of copper ions from a copper electrode. This experiment can be conducted using only items that are easily obtained around the home or in grocery stores.

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Photoelectron Spectroscopy PES

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 09:08 -- Deanna Cullen

Photoelectron Spectroscopy or PES is a topic included in the redesigned AP Chemistry curriculum. I have heard quite a bit of discussion surrounding this addition.  It has caused panic in some teachers because they never learned it themselves, have never taught it before and/or they have no materials to teach the topic.  I have been spending some time searching for a lesson plan for my own class

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Holding Fire in the Palm of Your Hand

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 08:51 -- Tom Kuntzleman

Some students of mine and I have published two papers in the Journal of Chemical Education that describe how stunt people use chemistry to safely set themselves ablaze while filming action movie scenes. The secret behind this stunt lies in the use of superabsorbent polymer (SAP) gels. To pull off this trick...

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CHEMED 2013 in Waterloo

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 14:56 -- Deanna Cullen
CHEMED 2013

Greg Rushton and I attended and presented at CHEMED in Waterloo July 28th through August 1st.  We enjoyed the ice cream and frozen snacks at the JCE sponsored Ice Cream Social Monday evening.  We presented JCE resources for AP Chemistry on Tuesday and JCE resources for General Chemistry on Wednesday.  The resources and links from those meetings are linked here.

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Inquiry For AP Chemistry

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 19:29 -- Deanna Cullen
Vegas 2013 AP

I attended and presented at the National AP Conference in Las Vegas on July 18th and 19th! Adding Inquiry to the course is one of the major changes to how we will teach AP Chemistry.  I shared some resources and gave tips during my presentation. I am sharing those resource in this post.  I am also sharing items that I found especially helpful from presentations that I attended and conversations I had with other teachers. 

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Summer Inquiry Fun!

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:17 -- Sarah Kong

Summer is one of my favorite times as a teacher!  Like most teachers I like to take a little time away from school, but, once I've rested a bit, its my favorite time to do research as well.  I encourage you to take time this summer to explore labs and activities that you think may work for your classroom, but just didn't have time to examine with your busy teaching schedule.

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