Journal Articles: 16 results
The Return of the Black Box  Malka Yayon and Zahava Scherz
In this activity, students make indirect observations of a sealed box containing different objects and try to deduce the properties and identities of the unseen contents.
Yayon, Malka; Scherz, Zahava. J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 541.
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Nonmajor Courses
Elementary to High School Students' Growth over an Academic Year in Understanding Concepts of Matter   Xiufeng Liu
This paper reports findings on the changes in students' understandings of the concept of matter during an academic year, for students from grade 3 through high school chemistry.
Liu, Xiufeng. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 1853.
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Building a Successful Middle School Outreach Effort: Microscopy Camp  R. Lee Penn, Leslie Flynn, and Page Johnson
Microscopy Camp is a middle school outreach program designed to introduce and reinforce concepts regarding the atomic structure of crystals. Students synthesize magnetite nanoparticles and characterize them using light, scanning electron, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.
Penn, R. Lee; Flynn, Leslie; Johnson, Page. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 955.
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Crystals / Crystallography |
"We Actually Saw Atoms with Our Own Eyes". Conceptions and Convictions in Using the Scanning Tunneling Microscope in Junior High School  Hannah Margel, Bat-Sheva Eylon, and Zahava Scherz
The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the feasibility and potential contribution of using the STM as a learning tool in junior high school (JHS) to support instruction about the particulate nature of matter.
Margel, Hannah; Eylon, Bat-Sheva; Scherz, Zahava. J. Chem. Educ. 2004, 81, 558.
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Kinetic-Molecular Theory |
Nanotechnology |
Surface Science |
Learning Theories |
Student-Centered Learning |
Laboratory Equipment / Apparatus
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 |
How Does Your Garden Grow? Investigating the "Magic Salt Crystal Garden"   JCE Editorial Staff
In this easy and popular activity, table salt is mixed with water, ammonia, and laundry bluing. The resulting solution is poured over a porous solid that sits in a bowl. Food color is added. As if by magic, a beautiful "garden" of flower-like crystals appears on the solid.
JCE Editorial Staff, . J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 624A.
Crystals / Crystallography
JCE Classroom Activity: Out of "Thin Air": Exploring Phase Changes  John J. Vollmer
This Activity illustrates sublimation/deposition with para-dichlorobenzene (mothballs) and evaporation/condensation with water.
Vollmer, John J. J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 488A.
Phases / Phase Transitions / Diagrams |
Crystals / Crystallography |
Physical Properties |
Solids |
Adding colors and sparkles to hydrogen balloon explosions   Fortman, John J.
This short paper provides instructions and a table with needed quantities. The author also notes advice and insights into the quality of colors and sparkles produced.
Fortman, John J. J. Chem. Educ. 1991, 68, 937.
Atomic Properties / Structure
The historic atom: From d to q  Smith, Richard
A Styrofoam model of the atom that has been used to show middle and high school students the historical development of the atomic model.
Smith, Richard J. Chem. Educ. 1989, 66, 637.
Atomic Properties / Structure
The abundance of nuclides: A lab simulation using pennies  Hendrickson, Eric
The altered composition of pennies provides an opportunity for students to learn about atomic mass calculations.
Hendrickson, Eric J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 986.
Atomic Properties / Structure |
A very rapidly growing silicate crystal  Phillips, Donald B.
The extremely rapid growth of this crystal is made even more dramatic when shown by an overhead projector.
Phillips, Donald B. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 453.
Crystals / Crystallography
Flame colors demonstration   Peyser, John R.; Luoma, John R.
A simple and exciting display producing little smoke or ash.
Peyser, John R.; Luoma, John R. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 452.
Atomic Properties / Structure |
Qualitative Analysis |
Descriptive Chemistry |
Quantum 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
Kiddie chem II. A course for children  Haynes, LeRoy W.; Powell, David L.
A course for children that provides an introduction into organic chemistry, chromatography, models, recrystallization, sucrose, and polymers.
Haynes, LeRoy W.; Powell, David L. J. Chem. Educ. 1976, 53, 724.
Chromatography |
Molecular Modeling |
Water / Water Chemistry |
Separation Science |
Carbohydrates |
Crystals / Crystallography
A flotation method for growing large single crystals  Fischinger, Andrew J.
Presents an alternative to growing large single crystals by suspending them from a string in saturated solution.
Fischinger, Andrew J. J. Chem. Educ. 1969, 46, 486.
Crystals / Crystallography |
Laboratory Equipment / Apparatus |
Precipitation / Solubility |
Aqueous Solution Chemistry |
Solutions / Solvents
Atomistic notions in young children and young cultures  Horne, R. A.
The author compares the development of ideas regarding atomism in children with the hypotheses of ancient Greek philosophers.
Horne, R. A. J. Chem. Educ. 1958, 35, 560.
Atomic Properties / Structure