SLiThEr #36: CUREs in Chemistry

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Tue, 06/21/2022 - 16:04
Description

Kari Stone (Lewis University) and Kyle Grice (DePaul University) discuss the implementation of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) at their schools.

SliThEr #34: Libretext as a Platform

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Tue, 06/21/2022 - 15:47
Description

Delmar Larsen (UC - Davis) and Kathryn Haas (Duke) describe the Libretext project with a particular focus on needs within the Inorganic Chemistry curriculum.

A Pride Collection Celebrating LGBTQIAN+ Inorganic Chemists

This collection features learning objects created to highlight the work of LGBTQIAN+ inorganic chemists in celebration of Pride Month (June) 2022.

Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy Mon, 05/23/2022 - 14:46

Literature 3-2-1

Submitted by James F. Dunne / Central College on Sun, 05/22/2022 - 14:24
Description

This is a general assignment given prior to discussing a paper in class.  Students are asked to read a particular literature paper, and then fill out the template giving the citation information of the paper and: three (3) new things they learned from the paper, two (2) questions that reading the paper raised for them or left unanswered, and one (1) reference cited by the paper that the student thinks is worth reading and why.  The assignment helps seed the discussion prior to class, and gives the instructor some information about specific details to discuss to fill in gaps in the students'

SLiThEr #31: Using "Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning" (POGIL) in your classroom!

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Wed, 05/04/2022 - 07:31
Description

In this session, facilitators Wayne Pearson, Tim Herzog and Kim Mullane will introduce you to the benefits of using Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in your classroom. POGIL is a student-centered, group-learning instructional strategy and philosophy developed through research on how students learn best.

What is the pKa of water (and why do some textbooks get it wrong)?

Submitted by Joanne Stewart / Hope College on Thu, 03/31/2022 - 17:07
Description

This LibreTexts module by Dr. Tom Neils and Dr. Stephanie Schaertel provides a clear and thorough explanation of why some biochemistry and organic chemistry textbooks get the pKa of water wrong. The pKa of water at 25 ºC is 14.0 and not 15.7. This module describes the derivation of the correct value and describes why the value of 15.7 should not be used. 

Structures of Solids - Unit Cells, Close-Packing, and Ionic Materials

Submitted by Dean Johnston / Otterbein University on Mon, 02/28/2022 - 16:16
Description

This website displays interactive models of the unit cell contents of simple cubic, body-centered cubic, face-centered cubic, and hexagonal close-packed structures, in addition to several simple ionic compounds. Relationships between the close-packed atomic layers, the unit cell contents, and the structures of related ionic materials are highlighted.