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Lowell Thomson's picture

The power of seeing the chemistry in action

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:51 -- Lowell Thomson
Distillation of ethanol

As I maneuver through the school year, a certain rhythm develops. The start of the year brings the excitement of new classes and new students. I'm often trying new things in the fall as I've reflected on the previous year's teaching over the summer. The energy level is certainly much higher at this time than almost any other.

Deanna Cullen's picture

Types of Chemical Reactions

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 17:23 -- Deanna Cullen

I expect that most high school chemistry teachers assign some type of laboratory related to types of chemical reactions including synthesis, decomposition, single replacement and double replacement reactions. I have used several published versions, but I am sharing my modifications.

Time required: 

20 minutes prep, 40 minutes laboratory, 15-20 minutes discussion

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Work sheet to accompany orbital viewer program

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 09:12 -- Tom Kuntzleman

Orbital Viewer, written by David Manthey, is a fantastic program for displaying electronic orbitals.  You can read more about the program here.  I have my students use Orbital Viewer when learning about quantum numbers and their associated rules, electronic orbitals, and other quantum concepts.  I have developed a worksheet that allows students to use Orbital Viewer to explore various concepts related to electronic orbitals.  You can download this worksheet and answer key below.  I would very much appreciate you letting me know if

Time required: 

My freshman chemistry students take somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes to complete the worksheet. 

Homogeneous Solutions using PhET Interactive Simulations and labs

Mon, 09/16/2013 - 15:19 -- Trish Loeblein

This is a series of experiments, PhET Interactive Simulation activities, and clicker questions to relate macroscopic and molecular representations of homogenenous solutions. Graphing skills are also used.

Time required: 

This is a combination of activities that will take several class periods or a few class periods and homework if students have computer access outside of classtime. 

Deanna Cullen's picture

Energizer Lab

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 14:58 -- Deanna Cullen

Students proceed through a prior knowledge activity, practice creating and using a voltaic cell and use of a model designed to simulate the particulate level activity within a voltaic cell. The teacher checks for student understanding at specific points as groups work together. A discussion follows to help clarify ideas.

Time required: 

About one 60 minute class period for lab and manipulative procedure.

Deanna Cullen's picture

Trend Setter Lab

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:57 -- Deanna Cullen
Trendsetter Lab

Students will proceed through a pre-lab engagement activity, organize element cards based on similarities & trends, discuss trends with the class and then produce a periodic table that includes the trends discussed within the lab. The teacher will check for student understanding at specific points as groups work together.

Time required: 

Two 60 minute class periods for procedure. You may wish to include more time for discussion. The assessment portion can be done as homework.

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