Journal Articles: 35 results
Analysis of Peppermint Leaf and Spearmint Leaf Extracts by Thin-Layer Chromatography  Libbie S. W. Pelter, Andrea Amico, Natalie Gordon, Chylah Martin, Dessalyn Sandifer, and Michael W. Pelter
In this inquiry-based activity, the usefulness of thin-layer chromatography to visualize the difference between spearmint and peppermint is explored.
Pelter, Libbie S. W.; Amico, Andrea; Gordon, Natalie; Martin, Chylah; Sandifer, Dessalyn; Pelter, Michael W. J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 133.
Natural Products |
Plant Chemistry |
Thin Layer Chromatography
Exploring Faraday's Law of Electrolysis Using Zinc–Air Batteries with Current Regulative Diodes  Masahiro Kamata and Miei Paku
Describes a new educational experiment using low-cost zincair batteries and current regulative diode arrays to quickly confirm Faraday's law of electrolysis.
Kamata, Masahiro; Paku, Miei. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 674.
Electrochemistry |
Electrolytic / Galvanic Cells / Potentials |
Laboratory Equipment / Apparatus |
Oxidation / Reduction
Dulong and Petit's Law: We Should Not Ignore Its Importance  Mary Laing and Michael Laing
This article describes two student exercises: the determination of the specific heat of a metal and hence its atomic weight and a graphical study of specific heat versus atomic weight for different groups of metals and the confirmation of Dulong and Petit's law.
Laing, Mary; Laing, Michael. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 1499.
Calorimetry / Thermochemistry |
Heat Capacity |
Metals |
Periodicity / Periodic Table
Flame Tests: Which Ion Causes the Color?  Michael J. Sanger
Students determine which of the ions in a series of ten commercially-available ionic compounds are responsible for the observed colors by performing flame test experiments using cotton swabs and a Bunsen burner.
Sanger, Michael J. J. Chem. Educ. 2004, 81, 1776A.
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Qualitative Analysis |
Student-Centered Learning
Effects of Web-Based Multimedia Homework with Immediate Rich Feedback on Student Learning in General Chemistry  Renée S. Cole and John B. Todd
A series of Web-based homework and tutorial programs implemented through WebCT that are designed to help students gain a better understanding of chemistry. This project has two major instructional goals: to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and to provide a resource to help students focus their study efforts.
Cole, Renée S.; Todd, John B. J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 1338.
Learning Theories |
Student-Centered Learning
Experimental Design and Multiplexed Modeling Using Titrimetry and Spreadsheets  Peter de B. Harrington, Erin Kolbrich, and Jennifer Cline
Determining the acidity of three vinegar samples using multiplexed titrations and an MS Excel spreadsheet.
Harrington, Peter de B.; Kolbrich, Erin; Cline, Jennifer. J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 863.
Acids / Bases |
Chemometrics |
Stoichiometry |
Titration / Volumetric Analysis
An Interview with J. Dudley Herron  Liberato Cardellini
Interview with the author of The Chemistry Classroom: Formulas for Successful Teaching.
Cardellini, Liberato. J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 53.
Learning Theories
The Purification of Water by Freeze-Thaw or Zone Melting  James Oughton, Silas Xu, and Rubin Battino
Quantitative investigation of the purification of slat water solutions through the process of partial freezing.
Oughton, James; Xu, Silas; Battino, Rubin. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 1373.
Conductivity |
Phases / Phase Transitions / Diagrams |
Separation Science |
Quantitative Analysis |
Water / Water Chemistry |
Aqueous Solution Chemistry |
Solutions / Solvents
The Impact of Active and Context-Based Learning in Introductory Chemistry Courses: An Early Evaluation of the Modular Approach  Joshua P. Gutwill-Wise
This study evaluates modules for teaching introductory chemistry development by faculty from two NSF-funded consortia that employ real-world contexts and an interactive class format to foster conceptual understanding, scientific thinking, and improved attitudes toward science.
Gutwill-Wise, Joshua P. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 684.
Learning Theories
Using a Diode Laser Pointer to Count Drops and Automate Titration Systems  Paul Ogren, Steve Nelson, and Ian Henry
A diode laser pointer is used to construct a simple system for recording drops falling from a buret. The drop signal is recorded together with one or more measurement signals by a LabVIEW-based programmable interfacing system. A standard buret is converted to a Mariotte buret to provide a constant drop-addition rate.
Ogren, Paul; Nelson, Steve; Henry, Ian. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 353.
Laboratory Computing / Interfacing |
Quantitative Analysis |
Instrumental Methods
A Novel Experiment for Fast and Simple Determination of the Oxygen Content in the Air  Metodija Najdoski and Vladimir M. Petrusevski
The reaction between nitric oxide (NO) and oxygen is used for determination of the oxygen content in the air. The nitrogen dioxide thus produced is dissolved in water. The volume decrease of the gas enables quick and accurate enough determination of the O2 content. The results of 20 measurements give %O2 = 21.04  0.63.
Najdoski, Metodija; Petrusevski, Vladimir M. J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 1447.
Gases |
Qualitative Analysis |
Quantitative Analysis |
Atmospheric Chemistry
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
Metallurgy in the Laboratory: Preparation of Pure Antimony  Brooke L. O'Klatner and Daniel Rabinovich
The preparation of pure antimony is readily accomplished on a laboratory scale by the high-temperature reduction of antimony trioxide with potassium cyanide. The product is obtained in almost quantitative yield (up to 98%) using a procedure that is simple, inexpensive, and quick.
O'Klatner, Brooke L.; Rabinovich, Daniel. J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 251.
Metals |
A Student-Designed Potentiometric Titration: Quantitative Determination of Iron(II) by Caro's Acid Titration  Joyce R. Powell, Sheryl A. Tucker, William E. Acree Jr., Jennifer A. Sees, Lindsey H. Hall
A laboratory experiment involving the feasibility of using Caro's acid, H2SO5, as a titrant in the potentiometric determination of iron(II) is presented.
Powell, Joyce R.; Tucker, Sheryl A.; Acree Jr., William E.; Sees, Jennifer A.; Hall, Lindsey H. J. Chem. Educ. 1996, 73, 984.
Potentiometry |
Titration / Volumetric Analysis |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Quantitative Analysis
A Simple Method for Determining the Temperature Coefficient of Voltaic Cell Voltage  Alfred E. Saieed, Keith M. Davies
This article describes a relatively simple method for preparing voltaic cells, and through their temperature coefficient, ?E/?T, it explores relationships between ?G, ?H,and ?S for the cell reactions involved.
Saieed, Alfred E.; Davies, Keith M. J. Chem. Educ. 1996, 73, 959.
Electrochemistry |
Calorimetry / Thermochemistry |
Thermodynamics |
Electrolytic / Galvanic Cells / Potentials |
Laboratory Equipment / Apparatus |
Laboratory Management |
Oxidation / Reduction
The Effectiveness of Computer-Assissted Learning in the Teaching of Quantitative Volumetric Analysis Skills in a First-Year University Course  Carmel McNaught, Heather Grant, Paul Fritze, Janet Barton, Peter McTigue, and Robert Prosser
Study of the effectiveness of a computerized tutorial involving titration-related laboratory procedures at improving the laboratory skills of first-year students with a weak chemistry background.
McNaught, Carmel; Grant, Heather; Fritze, Paul; Barton, Janet; McTigue, Peter; Prosser, Robert. J. Chem. Educ. 1995, 72, 1003.
Quantitative Analysis |
Titration / Volumetric Analysis
Simulating and Visualizing Nuclear Reactions  Atwood, Charles H.; Paul, Kimberly M.; Todd, Stefani D.
Simulating nuclear collisions and reactions that nuclei experience in particle accelerators and reactors using colliding water droplets videotaped at very high shutter speeds; includes apparatus, procedure, and results.
Atwood, Charles H.; Paul, Kimberly M.; Todd, Stefani D. J. Chem. Educ. 1995, 72, 515.
Nuclear / Radiochemistry
Measuring Avogadro's number on the overhead projector   Solomon, Sally; Hur, Chinhyu
A Petri dish filled with water and stearic acid dissolved in petroleum ether upon an overhead projector can be used to introduce the topic of Avogadro's number.
Solomon, Sally; Hur, Chinhyu J. Chem. Educ. 1993, 70, 252.
Chemometrics |
Comparison of Two Laboratory/Computer Interfacing Systems for Temperature and Absorbance Measurements  Berka, L. H.; Clark, W. J.; White, D. C.
143. The author compares two temperature/colorimeter systems.
Berka, L. H.; Clark, W. J.; White, D. C. J. Chem. Educ. 1992, 69, 891.
Laboratory Computing / Interfacing
Capillary radius and surface tensions: Using calculations based on Tate's law.  Worley, John D.
An experiment that can be carried out without the use of a tensiometer or any other complex or expensive apparatus except for a balance.
Worley, John D. J. Chem. Educ. 1992, 69, 678.
Water / Water Chemistry |
Surface Science
The nature of the chemical bond--1990: There are no such things as orbitals!  Ogilivie, J. F.
The author discusses the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics, the laws and theories, and the relationship of quantum-mechanics to atomic and molecular structure, as well as their relevance to chemical education.
Ogilivie, J. F. J. Chem. Educ. 1990, 67, 280.
Quantum Chemistry |
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Molecular Properties / Structure
A simple and inexpensive student viscometer  Daignault, L. G.; Jackman, D. C.; Rillema, D. P.
The authors assembled a simple Ostwald type of viscometer for use in high school and college or university general chemistry laboratories that can be constructed from readily available chemistry stockroom materials.
Daignault, L. G.; Jackman, D. C.; Rillema, D. P. J. Chem. Educ. 1990, 67, 81.
Laboratory Equipment / Apparatus
A simple experiment for determining vapor pressure and enthalpy of vaporization of water  Levinson, Gerald S.
It is possible to determine the vapor pressure of water using only a tall beaker, a graduated cylinder, and a thermometer.
Levinson, Gerald S. J. Chem. Educ. 1982, 59, 337.
Water / Water Chemistry |
Gases |
Phases / Phase Transitions / Diagrams
A laboratory learning cycle: Hot stuff  Silberman, Robert G.
A calorimetry lab that allows students to design an experiment to solve a problem.
Silberman, Robert G. J. Chem. Educ. 1982, 59, 229.
Calorimetry / Thermochemistry
Determination of copper in a copper-nickel alloy: A new experiment for the general chemistry laboratory  Gallagher, Kristin; Cantor, Charles R.
A brief description of a laboratory experience for the determination of copper in a copper-nickel alloy: A new experiment for the general chemistry laboratory.
Gallagher, Kristin; Cantor, Charles R. J. Chem. Educ. 1978, 55, 660.
Metals |
Quantitative Analysis
Let's get the nonscience majors into the lab!  Griffin, Roger W., Jr.
The author shares his experiences with a successful laboratory course for nonmajors. Experiments which have been carried out include: geometry of molecules, measurements and errors, separation and purification, spectroscopy, chromatography, colored natural products, and dyes.
Griffin, Roger W., Jr. J. Chem. Educ. 1971, 48, 685.
Nonmajor Courses |
Dyes / Pigments |
Natural Products |
Chromatography |
Separation Science |
Quantitative Analysis |
VSEPR Theory |
An experimental approach to the ideal gas law  Breck, W. G.; Holmes, F. W.
It is possible to introduce to students the equation of state, PV = nRT, by an experimental method that demonstrates that PV/T remains constant for a given amount of gas.
Breck, W. G.; Holmes, F. W. J. Chem. Educ. 1967, 44, 293.
The current Brown University experiment in chemical education  Ross, John
Presents the sequence of chemistry courses and its rationale developed at Brown University.
Ross, John J. Chem. Educ. 1966, 43, 112.
The hydration of carbon dioxide: A double clock experiment  Jones, P.; Haggett, Max L.; Longridge, Jethro L.
This extension of the "Soda Water Clock" experiment provides a quantitative kinetics investigation.
Jones, P.; Haggett, Max L.; Longridge, Jethro L. J. Chem. Educ. 1964, 41, 610.
Reactions |
Rate Law |
Kinetics |
pH |
Acids / Bases |
Aqueous Solution Chemistry
Combining first year chemistry and physics for science majors  Fuller, Edward C.
Examines issues surrounding the combining of first year chemistry and physics for science majors.
Fuller, Edward C. J. Chem. Educ. 1964, 41, 136.
Quantitative analysis versus quantitative chemistry  Swift, Ernest H.
Examines the historical development of quantitative analysis and quantitative chemistry and their contemporary role in the undergraduate curriculum.
Swift, Ernest H. J. Chem. Educ. 1960, 37, 283.
Qualitative Analysis |
Quantitative Analysis
Variation of the solubility product constant with ionic strength  Carmody, Walter R.
Describes the development of a demonstration of the constancy (under the right conditions) of the concentration solubility product and the effect of particle size on solubility, and an experiment for quantitatively demonstrating the effect of ionic strength on the concentration solubility product.
Carmody, Walter R. J. Chem. Educ. 1959, 36, 125.
Precipitation / Solubility |
Aqueous Solution Chemistry
A Raoult's law experiment for the general chemistry course: Manometry without a manometer  Harris, Frank E.; Nash, Leonard K.
This paper describes an experiment illustrating Raoult's law that does not require a manometer, vacuum system, or mercury.
Harris, Frank E.; Nash, Leonard K. J. Chem. Educ. 1955, 32, 575.
Reducing duplication in high-school and first-year college chemistry  Clapp, Leallyn B.
Presents an outline for a suggested high school course in organic chemistry and discusses its advantages and objections.
Clapp, Leallyn B. J. Chem. Educ. 1955, 32, 141.
Some suggestions for increasing interest in lecture demonstrations  Martin, F. D.
The author offers modifications to simple experiments to illustrate various methods for attracting and holding student interest in lecture demonstrations.
Martin, F. D. J. Chem. Educ. 1952, 29, 294.