Journal Articles: 28 results
Polymeric, Metallic and Other Glasses in Introductory Chemistry  Stephen J. Hawkes
Polymeric, metallic, and other glasses and their importance are described in a manner suitable for introductory chemistry.
Hawkes, Stephen J. J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 1377.
Consumer Chemistry |
Materials Science |
Phases / Phase Transitions / Diagrams |
Thermal Analysis of Plastics  Teresa D'Amico, Craig J. Donahue, and Elizabeth A. Rais
Students interpret previously recorded scans generated by differential scanning calorimetry and thermal gravimetric analysis to investigate a polypropylene dog bone, a polyethylene terephthalate pop bottle, the plastics in automobile head- and taillights, fishing line and a tea bag, and the rubber tread of an automobile tire.
D'Amico, Teresa; Donahue, Craig J.; Rais, Elizabeth A. J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 404.
Materials Science |
Polymerization |
Thermal Analysis
Fabrication and Analysis of Photonic Crystals  Dean J. Campbell, Kylee E. Korte, and Younan Xia
Presents a set of laboratory experiments designed to explore aspects of nanoscale chemistry by constructing and spectroscopically analyzing thin films of photonic crystals. Topics covered include crystallization and diffraction.
Campbell, Dean J.; Korte, Kylee E.; Xia, Younan. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 1824.
Crystals / Crystallography |
X-ray Crystallography
Polymers: Cornerstones of Construction  John P. Droske and Charles E. Carraher, Jr.
This report summarizes the application of natural and synthetic polymers as building materials.
Droske, John P.; Carraher, Charles E., Jr. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 1428.
Materials Science |
Applications of Chemistry
Teaching Chemistry Lab Safety through Comics  Pasquale Di Raddo
As a means for raising students' interest in aspects pertaining to chemistry lab safety, this article presents a novel approach to teaching this important subject. Comic book lab scenes that involve fictional characters familiar to many students are presented and discussed as to the safety concerns represented in those images.
Di Raddo, Pasquale. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 571.
Ethics |
Laboratory Management
An Introduction to Polymer Processing, Morphology, and Property Relationships through Thermal Analysis of Plastic PET Bottles. Exercises Designed to Introduce Students to Polymer Physical Properties  H. Darrell Iler, Eric Rutt, and Seth Althoff
Through thermal analyses of poly(ethylene terephthlate) (PET) bottles, students are introduced to the relationships between processing, morphology, and physical properties of polymer materials.
Iler, H. Darrell; Rutt, Eric; Althoff, Seth. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 439.
Applications of Chemistry |
Heat Capacity |
Instrumental Methods |
Materials Science |
Thermal Analysis
Glass Doesn't Flow and Doesn't Crystallize and It Isn't a Liquid  Stephen J. Hawkes
It is widely believed that glass flows in historic time and it is often asserted that glass is a liquid. The evidence of archeology, geology, and viscosity and of research on glass structure and on conservation of antique glass is examined and the conclusion in the title is reached. These fallacies should not be taught.
Hawkes, Stephen J. J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 846.
Geochemistry |
Phases / Phase Transitions / Diagrams |
Solid State Chemistry
From San Juan to Madison: Cultural Perspectives on Teaching General Chemistry  Catherine Hurt Middlecamp and Mary Ann Davison Fernandez
This article offers practical suggestions to those who teach Hispanic students or are interested in increasing their use of culturally relevant examples in their teaching. It is based on the collaborative experience of two authors, one from the midwestern United States and one from the Caribbean.
Middlecamp, Catherine Hurt; Fernandez, Mary Ann Davison. J. Chem. Educ. 1999, 76, 388.
Minorities in Chemistry |
Learning Theories |
Professional Development
A Simple Laboratory Demonstration of Electrochromism  Bertil Forslund
A laboratory exercise in which students are asked to construct an electrochromic cell, consisting of a thin, transparent layer of WO3 on a glass plate with a thin, transparent, and conducting surface coating of doped SnO2.
Forslund, Bertil. J. Chem. Educ. 1997, 74, 962.
Electrochemistry |
Materials Science |
Solid State Chemistry
Determination of Ionic Mobilities by Thin-Layer Electrodeposition   Kuhn, Alexander; Argoul, Francoise
The authors describe a new method for the determination of ionic mobilities. An advantage of the measurement described is that it allows its demonstration within the framework of the student's practical training in ionic conductivity.
Kuhn, Alexander; Argoul, Francoise J. Chem. Educ. 1994, 71, A273.
Electrochemistry |
Ion Selective Electrodes |
Cooking Efficiencies of Pots and Pans   Selco, Jodye I.
This article offers "real life" problems for heat capacity.
Selco, Jodye I. J. Chem. Educ. 1994, 71, 1046.
Heat Capacity |
Applications of Chemistry
Chemical Magic: Polymers from a Nonexistent Monomer  Seymour, Raymond B.; Kauffman, George B.
Synthesis, properties, and applications of polyvinyl alcohol and related polymers.
Seymour, Raymond B.; Kauffman, George B. J. Chem. Educ. 1994, 71, 582.
Polymerization |
Classroom demonstrations of polymer principles. Part V: Polymer fabrication  Rodriguez, Ferdinand
Polymer fabrication involves taking polymers or polymer precursors and changing their physical, and sometimes their chemical form. Most of the demonstrations described here use readily available household or shop items.
Rodriguez, Ferdinand J. Chem. Educ. 1992, 69, 915.
Applications of Chemistry
Happy and unhappy balls: Neoprene and polynorbornene  Kauffman, George B.; Mason, Stewart W.; Seymour, Raymond B.
A new scientific novelty that can be used to demonstrate a number of scientific principles, either in lecture demonstration or laboratory experiments, is a pair of solid, black, identically appearing spheres.
Kauffman, George B.; Mason, Stewart W.; Seymour, Raymond B. J. Chem. Educ. 1990, 67, 198.
Physical Properties
American Chemical Society Directory of Graduate Research, 1987 (The ACS Committee on Professional Training)  Kauffman, George B.
This latest edition contains a wealth of information on 668 universities and colleges in the United States and Canada that offer bachelor's and master's curricula in chemistry; chemical engineering; pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry; clinical chemistry; and polymer science.
Kauffman, George B. J. Chem. Educ. 1989, 66, A47.
Medicinal Chemistry
Polymer chemistry for introductory general chemistry courses  Polymer Core Course Committee in General Chemistry
There exists a breadth in what is taught today as General or Introductory Chemistry. This breadth is typically limited by topics covered in popular texts and by specifications described by the ACS Committee on Professional Training. A new committee makes an effort to recommend polymer-related topics that can be added within these limits.
Polymer Core Course Committee in General Chemistry J. Chem. Educ. 1983, 60, 973.
Industrial Chemistry
Illustrating chemical concepts through food systems: Introductory chemistry experiments  Chamber, IV, E.; Setser, C. S.
Illustrating the vaporization of liquids, reaction rates, adsorption, properties of solutions, colloidal dispersions, suspensions, and hydrogen ion concentration using foods.
Chamber, IV, E.; Setser, C. S. J. Chem. Educ. 1980, 57, 312.
Food Science |
Applications of Chemistry |
Liquids |
Phases / Phase Transitions / Diagrams |
Solutions / Solvents |
Colloids |
Acids / Bases
A simple and inexpensive solar energy experiment  Evans, J. H.; Pedersen, L. G.
Uses solid state technology to demonstrate the direct generation of electricity and the electrochemical generation of hydrogen.
Evans, J. H.; Pedersen, L. G. J. Chem. Educ. 1979, 56, 339.
Solid State Chemistry |
Semiconductors |
Raku: A redox experiment in glass  Cichowski, Robert S.
In this experiment, students are given the opportunity to handle a glass making process, choosing a colorant and exploring possible reduction-oxidation reactions involving the colorant.
Cichowski, Robert S. J. Chem. Educ. 1975, 52, 616.
Oxidation / Reduction |
Applications of Chemistry
Specialty chemicals. An identity problem  Haschke, John M.
When purchasing chemicals, one should beware of nonexistent compounds, mislabeled compounds, and substances of dubious purity.
Haschke, John M. J. Chem. Educ. 1975, 52, 157.
Laboratory Management
The place of macromolecules in freshman chemistry  Wunderlich, Bernhard
A brief review of a pilot program on freshman chemistry emphasizing macromolecules; includes a list of sixty lecture topics.
Wunderlich, Bernhard J. Chem. Educ. 1973, 50, 736.
Conferences |
Professional Development
Chemistry Handbook (Summers, Donald B.)  Cooper, Milton

Cooper, Milton J. Chem. Educ. 1971, 48, A779.
A study of the silver tree experiment  Carmody, Walter R.; Wiersma, Jack
Examines the errors associated with and efforts to improve the results of the silver tree experiment.
Carmody, Walter R.; Wiersma, Jack J. Chem. Educ. 1967, 44, 417.
Laboratory Equipment / Apparatus |
Textbook errors index  Van Meter, F. M.; Eberhardt, W. H.
Lists errors found in chemistry textbooks.
Van Meter, F. M.; Eberhardt, W. H. J. Chem. Educ. 1967, 44, 356.
The use of problems from the literature in general chemistry  O'Malley, R. F.
Provides many examples of problems drawn from the literature for use in general chemistry.
O'Malley, R. F. J. Chem. Educ. 1964, 41, 512.
Enrichment / Review Materials
Modern geochemistry  Fyfe, W. S.
Identifies applications in analytical, inorganic, structural, organic, and physical chemistry in the study of geochemistry.
Fyfe, W. S. J. Chem. Educ. 1963, 40, 330.
Chemical crossword puzzle  Schneider, Ronald A.

Schneider, Ronald A. J. Chem. Educ. 1963, 40, 268.
The chemistry of silicic acid  Greenberg, S. A.
This article attempts to address the many incorrect concepts regarding silicic acid that still appear in textbooks and the literature.
Greenberg, S. A. J. Chem. Educ. 1959, 36, 218.
Acids / Bases