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Journal Articles: 34 results
Impact of Polymers in Impact Sports  Sandy Van Natta and John P. Williams
This article describes some aspects of the design and testing of helmets and two inquiry-based activities for evaluating different polymers used in helmet construction.
Van Natta, Sandy; Williams, John P. J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 1326.
Applications of Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry |
Physical Properties
Chemistry and Children's Literature: Sun Up, Sun Down  Patricia B. McKean
This article describes a simple hands-on activity that connects fascination with color changes with the use of sunscreen for skin protection. The first part of the activity uses newspaper to illustrate the strength of the sun while the second part employs ultraviolet (UV) detecting beads.
McKean, Patricia B. J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 622.
Applications of Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry |
Dyes / Pigments
Soda Can Density and Unexpected Results  Erica K. Jacobsen, Donald R. Paulson, and Michael J. Sanger
Reader Donald R. Paulson reports on an unexpected result seen while performing a sink/float test similar to that described in the JCE Classroom Activity "Whatever Floats (or Sinks) Your Can", and describes an extension to the Activity. Activity author Michael J. Sanger and JCE editor-in-chief John W. Moore also discuss possible extensions.
Jacobsen, Erica K.; Paulson, Donald R.; Sanger, Michael J. J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 18.
Consumer Chemistry |
Physical Properties
How Does Your Laundry Glow?  Richard B. Weinberg
This activity examines the effect of pH on the fluorescence properties of the optical brighteners in liquid laundry detergent. Students conduct acid titrations in the presence and absence of a buffer to determine the pH of the fluorescence color transition.
Weinberg, Richard B. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 800A.
Acids / Bases |
Consumer Chemistry |
Dyes / Pigments |
Photochemistry |
Titration / Volumetric Analysis |
Aqueous Solution Chemistry |
pH
Colorful Lather Printing  Susan A. S. Hershberger, Matt Nance, Arlyne M. Sarquis, and Lynn M. Hogue
Students explore the chemistry of polar and nonpolar substances and surfactants while marbling paper with shaving cream and food coloring.
Hershberger, Susan A. S.; Nance, Matt; Sarquis, Arlyne M.; Hogue, Lynn M. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 608A.
Applications of Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry |
Noncovalent Interactions |
Physical Properties |
Surface Science |
Water / Water Chemistry
Testing for Iodide in Table Salt  Stephen W. Wright
Supermarket chemicals are used to test samples of table salt for the presence of iodine.
Wright, Stephen W. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 1616A.
Consumer Chemistry |
Nutrition |
Qualitative Analysis
An Iodine Fluorescence Quenching Clock Reaction  Richard B. Weinberg
Describes a fluorescent clock reaction based on the principles of the Landolt iodine reaction but using the potent fluorescence quenching properties of triiodide to abruptly extinguish the ultraviolet fluorescence of optical brighteners present in liquid laundry detergents.
Weinberg, Richard B. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 797.
Acids / Bases |
Consumer Chemistry |
Dyes / Pigments |
Kinetics |
Oxidation / Reduction |
pH |
Photochemistry |
Rate Law |
Vitamins
Kitchen Chemistry (Ted Lister, with Heston Blumenthal)  Chrystal D. Bruce
This book contains many modules emphasizing truly important concepts in chemistry: intermolecular forces, structure, reactivity, solubility. The experiments offered exemplify the recurring phrase, familiar chemistry in an unfamiliar place.
Bruce, Chrystal D. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 41.
Applications of Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry |
Food Science
Whatever Floats (or Sinks) Your Can  Michael J. Sanger
Students determine which property of the sodas (caffeine content, soda color, or sugar content) is responsible for whether soft-drink cans float or sink in water.
Sanger, Michael J. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 1632A.
Consumer Chemistry |
Physical Properties |
Nonmajor Courses
A Clock Reaction Sympathetic Ink from Consumer Chemicals  Stephen W. Wright, Marsha R. Folger, and Matthew A. Rice
Describes a "clock reaction" between hydrogen peroxide and ascorbic acid that causes writing to appear after predictable and controllable periods of time.
Wright, Stephen W.; Folger, Marsha R.; Rice, Matthew A. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 1473.
Consumer Chemistry |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Vitamins |
Rate Law |
Oxidation State
Trusty or Rusty? Oxidation Rate of Nails  Stephen W. Wright
Students investigate the process of rusting using supermarket chemicals. Steel nails are placed in gelatin and allowed to react with atmospheric oxygen. Ferric ion produced by the oxidation is made visible as a garnet-colored complex formed by the magnesium salicylate in backache tablets. Factors that accelerate or retard the rate of iron oxidation are studied.
Wright, Stephen W. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 1648A.
Consumer Chemistry |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Metals |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Reactions |
Rate Law
The Oxidation of Iron in a Gel Using Consumer Chemicals  Stephen W. Wright, Marsha R. Folger, and Ryan P. Quinn
The ferric ion produced by the oxidation of a steel nail in an agar gel is detected with salicylate to give a garnet-red color at the anodic areas where the oxidation of iron occurs.
Wright, Stephen W.; Folger, Marsha R.; Quinn, Ryan P. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 1633.
Consumer Chemistry |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Electrochemistry |
Metals |
Oxidation / Reduction
An Interactive Analytical Chemistry Summer Camp for Middle School Girls  Mary E. Robbins and Mark H. Schoenfisch
Describes an interactive chemistry outreach program designed specifically for middle school girls. The goal of this program is to expose girls to analytical chemistry in a way that will spark their interest in how it is studied, its role in modern scientific research, and some of the educational and career opportunities that this field has to offer.
Robbins, Mary E.; Schoenfisch, Mark H. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 1486.
Acids / Bases |
Applications of Chemistry |
Chromatography |
Quantitative Analysis |
Titration / Volumetric Analysis |
Women in Chemistry |
Plant Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry
A Method for Generating Oxygen from Consumer Chemicals  Stephen W. Wright
The rapidly accelerated combustion of wood, paper, carbon, a candle, and steel wool in oxygen gas is presented. The oxygen gas is generated as needed in the bottles used for the demonstration using chemicals readily available on the retail market: liquid chlorine bleach and 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Wright, Stephen W. J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 1158.
Oxidation / Reduction |
Consumer 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
Tick Tock, a Vitamin C Clock  Stephen W. Wright
Uses supermarket chemicals to perform a clock reaction; students vary the concentration of reactants and observe the effect on the time required for the reaction to reach its endpoint.
Wright, Stephen W. J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 40A.
Consumer Chemistry |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Vitamins |
Equilibrium |
Mechanisms of Reactions
Chemical Demonstrations with Consumer Chemicals: The Black and White Reaction  Stephen W. Wright
Color change demonstration using supermarket materials (white vinegar, bleach, tincture of iodine, vitamin C, Epsom salt, ammonia, and liquid laundry starch).
Wright, Stephen W. J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 44.
Consumer Chemistry |
Vitamins
The Vitamin C Clock Reaction  Stephen W. Wright
Clock reaction using supermarket materials (vitamin C, hydrogen peroxide, tincture of iodine, and starch).
Wright, Stephen W. J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 41.
Consumer Chemistry |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Vitamins |
Carboxylic Acids
Crystals Out of "Thin Air"  John J. Vollmer
In this experiment crystals of para-dichlorobenzene form readily and efficiently from mothballs in a safe setting, using canning jars with ice cubes. The experiment can serve as an introduction to the concept of molecules, especially when combined with the condensation of liquids and the perception of odors.
Vollmer, John J. J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 486.
Consumer Chemistry |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Phases / Phase Transitions / Diagrams |
Physical Properties
Soapmaking  
This activity provides a simple experiment that introduces students to an important reaction of organic chemistry. It also helps students connect chemistry to something that they see and use every day and provides an opportunity for cross-curricular work.
J. Chem. Educ. 1999, 76, 192A.
Acids / Bases |
Industrial Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry
Creating a Window Cleaner Company  Sarquis, A. M.; Peters, Bruce L., Jr.; Coffey, Linda; Hershberger, James W.; Bucheit, Rex
Activity in which fourth- through eighth-grade students are challenged to create, market, advertise, and analyze the cost of their own window cleaner.
Sarquis, A. M.; Peters, Bruce L., Jr.; Coffey, Linda; Hershberger, James W.; Bucheit, Rex J. Chem. Educ. 1995, 72, 344.
Consumer Chemistry |
Industrial Chemistry
Tie-Dyeing - The Art of Chemistry  Bonneau, Marcia C.
Tie-dyeing activity and resources. [Debut]
Bonneau, Marcia C. J. Chem. Educ. 1994, 71, 286.
Applications of Chemistry |
Dyes / Pigments |
Consumer Chemistry
Evening polymer programs to pique the interests of youngsters and adults  Woodward, Linda; Bernard, Mary Ann
This outreach program increases the interaction between children and adults while introducing students and parents to the world of synthetic polymers.
Woodward, Linda; Bernard, Mary Ann J. Chem. Educ. 1993, 70, 1006.
Polymerization |
Applications of Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry |
Green Chemistry
An industrial chemistry course: Bringing teachers and industry together  Fanning, James C.; Fanning, Sybil S.
Local industry is able to supply direct examples of basic chemical principles that a teacher might use in classroom. The authors are eager to share their experiences, materials, lesson plans, etc., to prepare teachers to take their own classroom excursions to local industries.
Fanning, James C.; Fanning, Sybil S. J. Chem. Educ. 1993, 70, 563.
Consumer Chemistry |
Industrial Chemistry |
Applications of Chemistry
Present and Future Nuclear Reactor Designs: Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Nuclear Power with an Eye on Improving Safety and Meeting Future Needs  Miller, Warren F., Jr.
An overview of how nuclear energy is produced on macroscopic and microscopic scales with consideration given to benefits and liabilities of this energy source. The article includes a short look at nuclear power uses overseas and contains information about waste disposal, public opinion, and potential technical improvements.
Miller, Warren F., Jr. J. Chem. Educ. 1993, 70, 109.
Nuclear / Radiochemistry |
Green Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry |
Applications of Chemistry
Demonstrating what "light" margarine means  Glover, A. Donald; Kolb, Kenneth E.
Differences between regular, "light" and "extra light" margarine can be readily shown as a lecture demonstration or laboratory exercise by simply heating the margarine.
Glover, A. Donald; Kolb, Kenneth E. J. Chem. Educ. 1991, 68, 654.
Food Science |
Quantitative Analysis |
Bioanalytical Chemistry |
Applications of Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry |
Nutrition
So, what can I do for extra credit?  White, Miriam R.
Some projects offered by this author to her secondary school students: "interviewing" the discoverer of an element, top 50 chemicals produced in the US, interviewing a working chemist, and independent experiments.
White, Miriam R. J. Chem. Educ. 1991, 68, 395.
Industrial Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry |
Periodicity / Periodic Table
Method for separating or identifying plastics  Kolb, Kenneth E.; Kolb, Doris K.
This article suggests the use of differences in density as a means for separation and identification of plastics.
Kolb, Kenneth E.; Kolb, Doris K. J. Chem. Educ. 1991, 68, 348.
Consumer Chemistry |
Green Chemistry |
Physical Properties
Value issues in consumer chemistry   Kooser, Robert G.
A paper on the ethics of consumer chemistry and the pedagogical values of exploring these ethical issues.
Kooser, Robert G. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 204.
Consumer Chemistry
Rock candy in a cellophane bag: A demonstration of pervaporation  Ciereszko, Leon S.
Growing large crystals in a dialysis bag.
Ciereszko, Leon S. J. Chem. Educ. 1987, 64, 804.
Consumer Chemistry |
Crystals / Crystallography
Pop-and-sniff experimentation: A high sensory impact teaching device  Schultz, Emeric
Using polyethylene packing material ("bubble plastic") to simulate the microencapsulation in scratch-and-sniff stickers.
Schultz, Emeric J. Chem. Educ. 1987, 64, 797.
Applications of Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry
A hands-on introduction to chemistry for gifted students in the intermediate grades  Greco, Thomas G.; Greco, Catherine B.
Experiments involving density, metals and acids, acids and indicators, pH, neutralization reactions, and analytical chemistry in the kitchen for upper elementary students.
Greco, Thomas G.; Greco, Catherine B. J. Chem. Educ. 1987, 64, 537.
Physical Properties |
pH |
Metals |
Acids / Bases |
Dyes / Pigments |
Reactions |
Consumer Chemistry
Introduction to the "real world" examples symposium  Hostettler, John D.
An introduction to a collection of papers originally presented as a symposium entitled "Using 'Real World' Examples in the Teaching of Chemistry". What exactly is a real world example and what is not? Why use "real world" examples? What kinds exist, where may they be found, and how can they be used?
Hostettler, John D. J. Chem. Educ. 1983, 60, 1031.
Applications of Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry
Soft drink bubbles  Cragin, James H.
Soft drink bubbles are of great interest to young learners, but there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the origin of these bubbles.
Cragin, James H. J. Chem. Educ. 1983, 60, 71.
Gases |
Applications of Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry