Reactions of cations with water
Description

This is an in-class activity that I use in my advanced general chemistry course to teach students how to rank the relative acidity of monoatomic cations and how to qualitatively predict the strength of the interaction of these cations with water (hydration and hydrolysis).

Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University Wed, 06/23/2021 - 12:38
Introduction to reactions of ions with water
Description

This is an in-class activity that I use in my advanced general chemistry course right before I start teaching about the relationship between the Bronsted acidity of cations and their hydration/hydrolysis. This is the first topic in the course (reactions of ions in aqueous solution), and we would have just spent a lecture reviewing intermolecular forces. 

Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University Wed, 06/23/2021 - 12:08

SLiThEr #17: Demonstration of a Transition to a Remote General Chemistry Course

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Mon, 04/19/2021 - 12:22
Description

Professors Kari Stone and Dan Kissel fro Lewis University describe the transition to a remote general chemistry course through a flipped curriculum using mastery-based grading. In particular, the development and implementation of a element project is discussed as part of the 17th SLiThEr (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable) on 3/4/2021

nanoCHAts: Informal conversations about teaching

Submitted by Hilary Eppley / DePauw University on Wed, 04/07/2021 - 14:33

A collection of all of the IONiC VIPEr NanoCHAts. These are short discussion on a teaching topic by 4-5 faculty members from different institutions. Each of these events is recorded and posted to the IONiC VIPEr YouTube Channel.

All Science is Either Inorganic Chemistry or Stamp Collecting (Rabinovich)

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Thu, 04/01/2021 - 10:19
Description

This LO consists of some web resources for discussing chemophilately, the study of chemistry through postage stamps.

This LO is part of a special VIPEr collection honoring the 2021 ACS National Award recipients in the field of inorganic chemistry. Daniel Rabinovich was the recipient of the ACS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution for a career involving outstanding supervision and mentorship of undergraduate chemical professionals in synthetic inorganic chemistry

 

5 slides about nomenclature

Submitted by Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College on Mon, 02/08/2021 - 18:11
Description

I have never enjoyed teaching nomenclature, but it is certainly important for students to know what is meant when they see a name out there in the wild. I use Gary's excellent in-class activity (linked below) and then follow up with these slides to cement the knowledge in the last 10-20 minutes of class. The first content slide is a list of nomenclature rules from IUPAC but I normally fill in a list of class-generated rules on the title slide before moving to the truth... our in-class rules are often quite close to the published rules.

SLiThEr #4: Flipping Undergraduate Inorganic Chemistry: Effect on Diversity and Inclusivity

Submitted by Kyle Grice / DePaul University on Tue, 12/29/2020 - 15:09
Description

This is the 4th in the series of SLiThErs (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable). This was presented by Dr. Caroline Saouma on how flipping her inorganic chemistry course helped diversity and inclusivity. This ties in very well with SLiThEr #3, which was on flipped classrooms as well (https://www.ionicviper.org/web-resources-and-apps/slither-3-flipping-yo…). 

Synthesis of Fluorescent Aluminum Complexes

Submitted by Taylor Haynes / California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo on Fri, 08/28/2020 - 15:34
Description

In this experiment, Students synthesize a Schiff Base and the corresponding aluminum complex to measure fluorescence. The lab provides exposure to air-free synthetic techniques, including the use of Schlenk Line techniques and safe handling of sure-seal bottles. Following data collection, students will be able to explain fluorescence spectroscopy and compare it to absorbance spectroscopy.

Inorganic Active Learning Lesson Plan Design

Submitted by Meghan Porter / Indiana University on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 09:05
Description

I created this activity as a way to get the class involved in creating new, fun ways to teach course concepts (selfishly- that part is for me) and for students to review concepts prior to the final exam (for them).  Students use a template to create a 15-20 min activity that can be used in groups during class to teach a concept we have learned during the semester.  We then randomly assign the activities and students work in groups to complete them and provide feedback.

The benefits are twofold: