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The Different Periodic Tables of Dmitrii Mendeleev  Michael Laing
Between 1869 and 1905 the Russian chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev published several tables with different arrangements of the chemical elements. Four of these are compared with periodic tables by Russian scientists from 1934 and 1969.
Laing, Michael. J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 63.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Enrichment / Review Materials |
Periodicity / Periodic Table
Mendeleev on the Periodic Law: Selected Writings, 1869–1905 (William B. Jensen, ed.)  Theodor Benfey
The periodic properties of the elements is the chemists central organizing principle. Here are 13 of Mendeleevs complete or partial publications that illuminate his developing ideas on periodicity.
Benfey, Theodor. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 1279.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Theoretical Chemistry
A Kool Reaction from the Fine Print  Susan A. S. Hershberger and Arlyne M. Sarquis
Students investigate the reduction of artificial food dyes by citric acid-promoted oxidation of a metal in the form of fine or coarse steel wool. The artificial red and yellow food dyes present in drink mixes contain azo linkages (nitrogennitrogen double bonds) that are readily reduced to colorless products under mild reducing conditions.
Hershberger, Susan A. S.; Sarquis, Arlyne M. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 1792A.
Acids / Bases |
Consumer Chemistry |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Dyes / Pigments |
Food Science |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Reactions
Predicting Inorganic Reaction Products: A Critical Thinking Exercise in General Chemistry  David G. DeWit
Describes a course module designed to afford practice in applying the principles encountered throughout the general chemistry sequence to understanding and predicting chemical reactivity and the products of simple inorganic reactions.
DeWit, David G. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 1625.
Acids / Bases |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Learning Theories |
Metals |
Nonmetals |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Reactions
Endothermic Chemical and Physical Changes: An Introductory Chemistry Experiment  Margaret J. Steffel
Each of eleven unidentified compounds is heated in a test tube to determine whether the endothermic change each undergoes is a chemical or a physical change.
Steffel, Margaret J. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 1185.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Physical Properties |
Reactions |
Phases / Phase Transitions / Diagrams
Acid–Base Chemistry According to Robert Boyle: Chemical Reactions in Words as well as Symbols  David E. Goodney
Examples of acidbase reactions from Robert Boyle's The Sceptical Chemist are used to illustrate the rich information content of chemical equations. Boyle required lengthy passages of florid language to describe what can be done quite simply with a chemical equation.
Goodney, David E. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 1001.
Acids / Bases |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Nonmajor Courses |
Reactions |
Nomenclature / Units / Symbols
Are Some Elements More Equal Than Others?  Ronald L. Rich
Presents a new periodic chart with 18 columns but no interruptions of atomic numbers at Lanthanum or Actinum, and no de-emphasis of elements 57-71 or 89-103 by seeming to make footnotes of them. It shows some elements more than once in order to illuminate multiple relationships in chemical behavior.
Rich, Ronald L. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 1761.
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Inner Transition Elements |
Main-Group Elements |
Nomenclature / Units / Symbols |
Oxidation State |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Transition Elements
Revised First-Year Curriculum with an Inorganic Chemistry Course  Kenneth M. Long
The chemistry faculty revised the first-year curriculum to deal with students who mistakenly thought they already understood general chemistry, students who were inadequately prepared for general chemistry, and the department's need to better meet the inorganic guidelines of the ACS Committee on Professional Training.
Long, Kenneth M. J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 1172.
Descriptive Chemistry
The Place of Zinc, Cadmium, and Mercury in the Periodic Table  William B. Jensen
Explanation for why the zinc group belongs with the main group elements; includes several versions of periodic tables.
Jensen, William B. J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 952.
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Main-Group Elements |
Transition Elements |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Atomic Properties / Structure
Acrylonitrile  Jay A. Young
Properties, hazards, and storage requirements for acrylonitrile.
Young, Jay A. J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 737.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Laboratory Management |
Laboratory Equipment / Apparatus
An Integrated Chemical Information Program  Arleen N. Somerville and Susan K. Cardinal
Description of a program at the University of Rochester that integrates chemometrics into all levels of undergraduate and graduate chemistry education; includes a listing of specific information-seeking skills that are addressed and how this is integrated into the curricula of specific classes.
Somerville, Arleen N.; Cardinal, Susan K. J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 574.
Descriptive Chemistry
Salt Crystals—Science behind the Magic  Charles F. Davidson and Michael R. Slabaugh
Discussion of sodium chloride and factors that influence the shape of the crystals it forms.
Davidson, Charles F.; Slabaugh, Michael R. J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 155.
Consumer Chemistry |
Crystals / Crystallography |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Solids
Periodic Table Live! 3rd Edition: Abstract of Special Issue 17  Nicholas B. Adelman, Jon L. Holmes, Jerrold J. Jacobsen, John W. Moore, Paul F. Schatz, Jaclyn Tweedale, Alton J. Banks, John C. Kotz, William R. Robinson, and Susan Young
CD-ROM containing an interactive journey through the periodic table; includes information about each element, biographies of discoverers, videos of reactions, sources and uses, macro and atomic properties, and crystalline structures.
Adelman, Nicholas B.; Holmes, Jon L.; Jacobsen, Jerrold J.; Moore, John W.; Schatz, Paul F.; Tweedale, Jaclyn; Banks, Alton J.; Kotz, John C.; Robinson, William R.; Young, Susan. J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 1487.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Solid State Chemistry |
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Physical Properties |
Reactions |
Crystals / Crystallography
The Chemical Name Game  Robert M. Hanson
Provides practice in learning about names and properties of chemical species.
Hanson, Robert M. J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 1380.
Nomenclature / Units / Symbols |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Physical Properties
Demonstrations with Nitrocellulose: Possible Further Pedagogic Value (re J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 1449)  Edward G. Senkbeil
Characteristic of explosives to have fuel and oxidizer in the same structure.
Senkbeil, Edward G. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 1596.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Calorimetry / Thermochemistry |
Rate Law
Demonstrations with Nitrocellulose: Possible Further Pedagogic Value (re J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 1449)  J. C. Jones
Characteristic of explosives to have fuel and oxidizer in the same structure.
Jones, J. C. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 1596.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Calorimetry / Thermochemistry |
Rate Law
Melting Point, Density, and Reactivity of Metals  Michael Laing
Using melting points and densities to the predict the relative reactivities of metals.
Laing, Michael. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 1054.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Metals |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Physical Properties |
Reactions |
Thermodynamics |
Calorimetry / Thermochemistry |
Electrochemistry
Making Assumptions Explicit: How the Law of Conservation of Matter Can Explain Empirical Formula Problems  Stephen DeMeo
How the law of conservation of mass provides a theoretical foundation for empirical formula problems that introductory students encounter.
DeMeo, Stephen. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 1050.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Stoichiometry
Periodic Patterns (re J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 1053-1056)  Michael Laing
Unique organization of the periodic table.
Laing, Michael. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 877.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Main-Group Elements |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Transition Elements
Periodic Patterns (re J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 1053-1056)  Michael Laing
Unique organization of the periodic table.
Laing, Michael. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 877.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Main-Group Elements |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Transition Elements
Enchanted Glass  Sándor Szabó L., Károly Mazák, Dezsö Knausz, and Márta Rózsahegyi
These experiments present the "hydrophobizing" and organophilic properties of silicones. The method is to make hydrophobic the polar, hydrophilic surface of glass by silylating the surface of various glass objects with trimethylsilyl N,N-dimethylcarbamate; the process of activating and silylating glass beads, capillaries, beakers, and glass sheets is described.
Szabó L., Sándor; Mazák, Károly; Knausz, Dezsö; Rózsahegyi, Márta. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 329.
Noncovalent Interactions |
Organometallics |
Surface Science |
Descriptive Chemistry
From Chicken Breath to the Killers Lake of Cameroon: Uniting Seven Interesting Phenomena with a Single Chemical Underpinning  Ron DeLorenzo
By using a single equation prototype, seven interesting mysteries and phenomena can be seen as sharing a common chemical underpinning. The applications discussed are the Killer Lakes of Cameroon, chicken breath, the Permian Ocean, the snow line, boiler scale, the Fizz Keeper, and stalactites and stalagmites.
DeLorenzo, Ronald. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 191.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Applications of Chemistry |
Equilibrium
Combustion Demonstration Using Updated Flame Tornado  Edward G. Senkbeil
This demonstration uses the combustion of different forms of cellulose and an updated version of the "flame tornado" as an ignition source to illustrate the factors affecting the combustion process. The objectives of the experiment are to illustrate the factors affecting the rate of a combustion reaction and to demonstrate the factors affecting the production of a flame by using the flame tornado.
Senkbeil, Edward G. J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 1449.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Reactions |
Rate Law
Discovery and Early Uses of Iodine  Louis Rosenfeld
Therapeutic use of iodine, particularly in prevention and treatment of goiter.
Rosenfeld, Louis. J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 984.
Medicinal Chemistry |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Applications of Chemistry
A Living Periodic Table  James L. Marshall
A complete "living" periodic table of samples of all the elements through uranium is described. In many instances a sample of an element is accompanied by a direct commercial application. This periodic table is very helpful in enabling the student to gain a hands-on understanding of the true nature of the elements--as opposed to the more usual compilation of mere abstract data.
Marshall, James L. J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 979.
Main-Group Elements |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Transition Elements |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Applications of Chemistry
The History and Use of Our Earth's Chemical Elements: A Reference Guide (by Robert E. Krebs)  reviewed by Jeffrey D. Bracken
This book is an excellent resource for chemical educators at the high school and college levels. The format of the text is consistent and the writing style is clear and concise, making it ideally suited for student use also.
Bracken, Jeffrey D. J. Chem. Educ. 1999, 76, 475.
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Geochemistry |
Descriptive Chemistry
Chemistry of the Heaviest Elements-One Atom at a Time  Darleane C. Hoffman and Diana M. Lee
A 75-year perspective of the chemistry of the heaviest elements, including a 50-year retrospective view of past developments, a summary of current research achievements and applications, and some predictions about exciting, new developments that might be envisioned within the next 25 years.
Hoffman, Darleane C.; Lee, Diana M. J. Chem. Educ. 1999, 76, 331.
Chromatography |
Instrumental Methods |
Isotopes |
Nuclear / Radiochemistry |
Separation Science |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Enrichment / Review Materials |
Atomic Properties / Structure
Why Gold and Copper Are Colored but Silver Is Not  Ariel H. Guerrero, Héctor J. Fasoli, and José Luis Costa
Interpretation of the yellow color of gold based on an adequate external electronic configuration (s1d10/s2d9) and s and d sublevels close enough to allow transition between them to proceed significantly.
Guerrero, Ariel H.; Fasoli, Hctor J.; Costa, Jos Luis. J. Chem. Educ. 1999, 76, 200.
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Metals |
Descriptive Chemistry
The Natural Selection of the Chemical Elements (by R. J. P. Williams and J. J. R. Fraústo da Silva)  George B. Kauffman
A book whose ambitious objective is "to show the relationship of every kind of material around us, living and nonliving, to the properties of the chemical elements of the periodic table." The entire book possesses a strong environmental and interdisciplinary emphasis.
Kauffman, George B. J. Chem. Educ. 1998, 75, 1559.
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Descriptive Chemistry
Three Programs for DOS: Abstract of Volume 10B, Number 1 3. FactGAME  Richard W. Ramette
FactGAME is a game for two players to test their knowledge of chemical facts.
Ramette, Richard W. J. Chem. Educ. 1997, 74, 347.
Descriptive Chemistry
Three Programs for DOS: Abstract of Volume 10B, Number 1 2. Periodic Table Games  John S. Martin
The Periodic Table Games are intended to expose students to the vocabulary of chemistry: formulas, combination rules, and descriptive chemistry. They may be played by an individual against the computer, or by several competing players.
Martin, John S. J. Chem. Educ. 1997, 74, 346.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Nomenclature / Units / Symbols
Chemistry: The Study of Matter and Its Changes, Second Edition (by James E. Brady & John R. Holum)   reviewed by L. Peter Gold
Although this is only the second edition, this book has its roots in the textbooks by Brady and by Brady and Gerald Humiston that first appeared over twenty years ago. It remains largely in the tradition of the major textbooks of that era in its order and style of presentation.
Gold, L. Peter. J. Chem. Educ. 1996, 73, A241.
Descriptive Chemistry
What's Present? Qualitative Analysis Problems in General Chemistry  Sidney Toby
Open-book, research-oriented, sample questions regarding qualitative analysis.
Toby, Sidney. J. Chem. Educ. 1995, 72, 1008.
Qualitative Analysis |
Aqueous Solution Chemistry |
Solutions / Solvents |
Descriptive Chemistry
Precolumbian Chemistry: A Descriptive Chemistry and History of Technology from Natural Resources: Metallurgy, Pottery, Pigments, Dyes, Agriculture, and Medicine  Robinson, Janet Bond
Synopsis of a pre-Columbian, high school chemistry curriculum, including an outline of course content and experiments.
Robinson, Janet Bond J. Chem. Educ. 1995, 72, 416.
Descriptive Chemistry
Elements of and in the Chemical Literature: An Undergraduate Course  Novick, Sabrina Godfrey
Synopsis of a descriptive chemistry course designed to familiarize students with the chemistry of the elements, as well as the wide variety of resources containing information on the properties of the elements and their associated compounds; includes examples of homework and other assessments used in the course.
Novick, Sabrina Godfrey J. Chem. Educ. 1995, 72, 297.
Main-Group Elements |
Transition Elements |
Descriptive Chemistry
The Periodic Table Video Disk: Second Edition  Banks, Alton J.
A database of visual information about the chemical elements.
Banks, Alton J. J. Chem. Educ. 1995, 72, 126.
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Descriptive Chemistry
The Changing Roles of Descriptive Chemistry: Integrating Reactions and Properties with Theories and Principles of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry  Gillespie, Ronald J.
"Descriptive chemistry" should be abandoned as a topic in the introductory course and be replaced with an integration of inorganic and organic substances with the appropriate theory and principles.
Gillespie, Ronald J. J. Chem. Educ. 1994, 71, 665.
Descriptive Chemistry
Descriptive chemistry in the general chemistry course: A new approach   Gillespie, Ronald J.; Humphreys, David A.
Despite commonly held beliefs, descriptive chemistry can be relevant, interesting, important, and integral to general chemistry students.
Gillespie, Ronald J.; Humphreys, David A. J. Chem. Educ. 1993, 70, 528.
Descriptive Chemistry
Redox demonstrations and descriptive chemistry: Part 3. Copper (I)-copper(II) equilibria   Ophardt, Charles E.
The unusual redox properties of copper (I) and copper (II) ions explained and illustrated.
Ophardt, Charles E. J. Chem. Educ. 1991, 68, 248.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Oxidation State |
Oxidation / Reduction
Simple Inorganic Substances: A New Approach (Sanderson, R.T.)  Kauffman, Goerge B.
This book stresses the cause-and-effect relationship between the structures of atoms and the properties of their compounds, with an emphasis on providing a thorough understanding of the most familiar and important inorganic compounds.
Kauffman, Goerge B. J. Chem. Educ. 1990, 67, A26.
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Descriptive Chemistry
"The Periodic Stack"  Farris, Mike
A Hypercard stack that operates on a data base of information about the properties and reactions of the chemical elements.
Farris, Mike J. Chem. Educ. 1989, 66, 756.
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Physical Properties
Periodic law (Curry,E.; Chandler, J.; Mackay, L.)  Lechner, Joseph H.; Gardlund, Sharon L.
Two reviews of a software program which serves as a data base for 20 items of information on the first 103 elements.
Lechner, Joseph H.; Gardlund, Sharon L. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, A333.
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Descriptive Chemistry
General chemistry; second edition (McQuarrie, D.A.; Rock, P.A.)  Asplund, R. Owen
A review of a general chemistry textbook geared toward students who are highly visual learners.
Asplund, R. Owen J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, A168.
Descriptive Chemistry
Write an autobiography of an element  Vanorden, Naola
A clever and creative assignment for students to learn chemistry and sharpen their communication skills.
Vanorden, Naola J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 995.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Periodicity / Periodic Table
Chemistry in action: Another approach to descriptive chemistry  Pearson, Earl F.; Wilkins, Curtis C.; Hunter, Norman W.
Many professors struggle with the placement of descriptive chemistry in the introductory course. These authors present their solution.
Pearson, Earl F.; Wilkins, Curtis C.; Hunter, Norman W. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 716.
Descriptive Chemistry
An overhead demonstration of some descriptive chemistry of the halogens and LeChtelier's principle  Hansen, Robert C.
Colorful demonstrations that illustrate Le Chtelier's principle, solubility rules, and periodic trends.
Hansen, Robert C. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 264.
Equilibrium |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Periodicity / Periodic Table
Periodic contractions among the elements: Or, on being the right size  Mason, Joan
Contraction across the row, irregularities in the build up of the periodic table, the second row anomaly relativistic contraction and expansion among the heavier elements, post-transition anomaly, periodicities of physicochemical properties.
Mason, Joan J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 17.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Atomic Properties / Structure
Chemical Elements (Fleisher, Paul)  Harrison, Thomas G.
A computer program designed to help first-year students learn more about the chemical elements.
Harrison, Thomas G. J. Chem. Educ. 1987, 64, A25.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Enrichment / Review Materials
Redox demonstrations and descriptive chemistry: Part 2. Halogens  Ophardt, Charles E.
Oxidation states of bromine and iodine.
Ophardt, Charles E. J. Chem. Educ. 1987, 64, 807.
Oxidation / Reduction |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Oxidation State
Redox demonstrations and descriptive chemistry: Part 1. Metals  Ophardt, Charles E.
The oxidation states of iron, tin, and mercury.
Ophardt, Charles E. J. Chem. Educ. 1987, 64, 716.
Metals |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Oxidation State
Descriptive chemistry  Bent, Henry A.; Bent, Brian E.
Proposes that theoretical chemistry and descriptive chemistry are the same thing.
Bent, Henry A.; Bent, Brian E. J. Chem. Educ. 1987, 64, 249.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Theoretical Chemistry
Using chemistry's crystal ball  Allen, Bill
An exercise requiring students to identify nine elements, each suggested by a set of four to six clues describing physical and chemical properties of an element.
Allen, Bill J. Chem. Educ. 1987, 64, 227.
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Physical Properties |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Enrichment / Review Materials
The coming renaissance of descriptive chemistry  Zuckerman, J. J.
Inorganic chemistry is facing an identity crises.
Zuckerman, J. J. J. Chem. Educ. 1986, 63, 829.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Spectroscopy |
Synthesis |
Reactions |
Physical Properties |
Solutions / Solvents
Exploring chemistry by computer: KC? Discoverer   Feng, Aw; Moore, John W.
70. Bits and pieces, 28. This program provides students with a computer-searchable handbook of chemical facts for all the elements.
Feng, Aw; Moore, John W. J. Chem. Educ. 1986, 63, 327.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Periodicity / Periodic Table
Puzzles for teaching descriptive chemistry. Metals  Evans, Mildred H.
A metals crossword puzzle.
Evans, Mildred H. J. Chem. Educ. 1985, 62, 1103.
Metals |
Descriptive Chemistry
The relative strength of oxyacids and its application  Monroe, Manus
A simple technique for predicting the relative strength of oxyacids and their anions among students unfamiliar with Ka and pKa.
Monroe, Manus J. Chem. Educ. 1985, 62, 41.
Acids / Bases |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Aqueous Solution Chemistry |
Brønsted-Lowry Acids / Bases
Some reasons for teaching descriptive chemistry  Beach, Darrell H.
Theoretical chemistry without some descriptive chemistry is not real chemistry.
Beach, Darrell H. J. Chem. Educ. 1984, 61, 520.
Descriptive Chemistry
Chemistry experiment and theory, second edition (Allen, Thomas; Keefer, Raymond M.)  Kirsch, J. L.
A review of a text that covers the principles of chemistry and descriptive chemistry.
Kirsch, J. L. J. Chem. Educ. 1983, 60, A320.
Descriptive Chemistry
Restoration of descriptive inorganic chemistry  Gorman, Mel
This author breaks down the problem causing the difficulty to reinstate descriptive chemistry into the curriculum.
Gorman, Mel J. Chem. Educ. 1983, 60, 214.
Descriptive Chemistry
Descriptive chemistry in the general chemistry laboratory: A learning approach  Whisnant, David M.
Suggested laboratories for the second semester of a general chemistry course that uses a guided inquiry approach toward descriptive chemistry.
Whisnant, David M. J. Chem. Educ. 1982, 59, 792.
Descriptive Chemistry
Chemical of the day  O'Brien, Thomas
Taking time to focus on the properties and applications of substances used in laboratory.
O'Brien, Thomas J. Chem. Educ. 1982, 59, 243.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Applications of Chemistry
Damn the permanganate volcanoes: Full principles ahead!   Pilar, Frank L.
Do we really wish to train all our general chemistry students to be individually capable of carrying out chemical transformations? If so, which ones should they know? Or do we wish them to be knowledgeable about the basic structure of matter and the general principles that seem to govern chemical transformations?
Pilar, Frank L. J. Chem. Educ. 1981, 58, 803.
Descriptive Chemistry
Hydrated cations in the general chemistry course  Kauffman, George B.; Baxter, John F., Jr.
Some facts, fundamental concepts, and explainations about hydrates.
Kauffman, George B.; Baxter, John F., Jr. J. Chem. Educ. 1981, 58, 349.
Descriptive Chemistry
Inducing formal thought in introductory chemistry students  Kavanaugh, Robert D.; Moomaw, William R.
The purpose of this article is to comment on two basic questions arising from previous work: (a) should chemistry instruction begin at the concrete level as the advocates of the descriptive approach have suggested and (b) what procedures can be used to introduce abstract or final thinking among those students who have not progressed beyond the concrete level?
Kavanaugh, Robert D.; Moomaw, William R. J. Chem. Educ. 1981, 58, 263.
Learning Theories |
Descriptive Chemistry
An element a day keeps theory at bay  Potts, Richard A.
Incorporating a brief discussion of the chemistry of a different element into each day's lecture.
Potts, Richard A. J. Chem. Educ. 1980, 57, 290.
Periodicity / Periodic Table |
Descriptive Chemistry
Can descriptive inorganic chemistry be taught in general chemistry courses?  Basolo, Fred
Makes an argument for the importance of teaching descriptive inorganic chemistry in general chemistry courses.
Basolo, Fred J. Chem. Educ. 1980, 57, 45.
Descriptive Chemistry
Prospects and retrospects in chemical education  Pauling, Linus
Pauling provides suggestions for what concepts to focus on in an elementary chemistry course.
Pauling, Linus J. Chem. Educ. 1980, 57, 38.
Covalent Bonding |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Molecular Properties / Structure
Evolution of an experiment (from moles/I2 to gaseous CaCl2)  Dauphinee, G. A.
An experiment originally designed to illustrate a simple problem in solution stoichiometry has produced a stimulus to student recognition of some applications of descriptive chemistry.
Dauphinee, G. A. J. Chem. Educ. 1979, 56, 116.
Stoichiometry |
Descriptive Chemistry
Illustration of d and p block element properties  Canty, Allan J.
The experiments described in this article have been devised to cover descriptive chemistry appropriate for introductory chemistry.
Canty, Allan J. J. Chem. Educ. 1978, 55, 790.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Metals |
Nonmetals
Chemical origins of color  Orna, Mary Virginia
Color is one of the few disciplines that cuts across the boundaries of art, biology, physics, psychology, chemistry, geology, mineralogy, and many other fields. There is hardly an object or a substance in nature that is not colored and virtually every commercially marketed item today is either deliberately colored or de-colored.
Orna, Mary Virginia J. Chem. Educ. 1978, 55, 478.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Physical Properties
Descriptive inorganic chemistry - Who, what, when, where and how   Walters, Fred H.
Should high school curriculum replicate first-year chemistry content? Is the list of topics in freshman chemistry dated?
Walters, Fred H. J. Chem. Educ. 1978, 55, 104.
Descriptive Chemistry
Writing chemical equations. An introductory experiment  LeMay, H. Eugene, Jr.; Kemp, Kenneth C.
An introductory experiment in which students deduce the products by comparing their observations to descriptions of possible substances and write balanced chemical equations to represent the reactions.
LeMay, H. Eugene, Jr.; Kemp, Kenneth C. J. Chem. Educ. 1975, 52, 121.
Stoichiometry |
Descriptive Chemistry
A novel approach for qualitative analysis  Ophadt, Charles E.
This qualitative analysis series allows students to spend a semester exploring the behavior of one ion during the course of a semester that might not be readily learned from a textbook.
Ophadt, Charles E. J. Chem. Educ. 1974, 51, 415.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Metals |
Oxidation / Reduction
The paper chromatographic separation of the ions of elements 26 through 30. A laboratory experiment  Skovlin, Dean O.
This experiment describes the simultaneous ascending one dimensional separation of the ions of elements iron through zinc on filter paper using a solvent mixture or hydrochloric acid and 2-butanone.
Skovlin, Dean O. J. Chem. Educ. 1971, 48, 274.
Chromatography |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Transition Elements
Hydrogen sulfide under any other name still smells. A poisonous story  Brasted, Robert C.
The chemistry of hydrogen sulfide affords an excellent opportunity to integrate descriptive inorganic and coordination chemistry with biochemistry.
Brasted, Robert C. J. Chem. Educ. 1970, 47, 574.
Descriptive Chemistry |
Molecular Properties / Structure |
Coordination Compounds |
Enzymes |
Proteins / Peptides
Editorially speaking  Kieffer, William F.
Discusses how much descriptive chemistry should dominate the introductory course.
Kieffer, William F. J. Chem. Educ. 1967, 44, 247.
Descriptive Chemistry
Some aspects of chemical kinetics for elementary chemistry  Benson, Sidney W.
The author suggests greater efforts to address the issue of kinetics and reaction mechanisms in introductory chemistry.
Benson, Sidney W. J. Chem. Educ. 1962, 39, 321.
Kinetic-Molecular Theory |
Gases |
Kinetics |
Mechanisms of Reactions |
Descriptive Chemistry
Descriptive inorganic chemistry against a background of summarizing principles  Malm, Lloyd E.
Addresses the concerns of those who fear that descriptive chemistry is disappearing from beginning courses.
Malm, Lloyd E. J. Chem. Educ. 1956, 33, 390.
Descriptive Chemistry
A chemistry identification question  DeLoach, Will S.
Provides an example of a "scrambled clues"-type question to be included on tests and examinations; students must identify seven substances based on the clues provided.
DeLoach, Will S. J. Chem. Educ. 1952, 29, 330.
Descriptive Chemistry