Journal Articles: 13 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
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
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 |
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
An exercise to teach concepts of half-life without using radioactive isotopes   Christian, Mary C.
This activity allows identification of six elements from calculation of their half lives.
Christian, Mary C. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 48.
Nuclear / Radiochemistry
The Tasmanian empire: A radioactive dating activity   Bindel, Thomas H.
Understanding nuclear chemistry is important, but there is a dearth of hands-on activities. This author provides readers with a model activity.
Bindel, Thomas H. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 47.
Nuclear / Radiochemistry
Junior high school/university cooperative experiment. Collection and analysis of fresh nuclear debris  Griffin, John J.; Driscoll, Joseph R.
A junior high class collects radioactive particles from the detonation of a Chinese nuclear device.
Griffin, John J.; Driscoll, Joseph R. J. Chem. Educ. 1973, 50, 438.
Nuclear / Radiochemistry
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