Fostering a Growth Mindset: Inspiring Belief
Description

I developed this short class component in response to reading Saundra Yancy McGuire’s book, “Teach Students How to Learn.”  One chapter focuses on the importance of mindset, a concept developed by Carole Dweck. Students with a growth mindset believe that they can learn how to learn challenging material, while students with fixed mindsets believe that ability is innate and unchangeable.

Anne Bentley / Lewis & Clark College Tue, 06/09/2020 - 13:25
s-p Mixing and the Order of MOs in Diatomic Molecules
Description

These slides provide an introduction to s-p mixing in diatomic molecular orbital diagrams appropriate for students in a general chemistry course. 

Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University Fri, 06/05/2020 - 20:13
Inorganic Active Learning Lesson Plan Design
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:

Meghan / Indiana University Fri, 05/15/2020 - 09:05
Electrochemistry: Galvanic Cells and the Nernst Equation
Description

In this online Electrochemistry Experiment, students use an Electrochemical Cell Simulator to construct electrochemical cells, measure voltages, and interpret results.

 
William Polik / Hope College Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:08
ChemCrafter
Description

ChemCrafter, from the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation), is a free iPad app that mimics a classic chemistry set. It is set up as a game, with three sections: reactions with water, reactions with acid, and salts. The app shows the progress of the reaction (smoke, color change, etc.) when two elements are mixed in a reaction vessel, and also gives the change in enthalpy of the reaction.

Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University Mon, 03/02/2020 - 16:24
Cisplatin and Anticancer Therapy: The Role of Chemical Equilibrium
Description

This is a flipped classroom module that covers the concept of dynamic equilibrium, and how dynamic equlibrium plays a role in the anticancer mechanism of the therapeutic cisplatin.This activity is designed to be done at the end of the typical second quarter/second semester general chemistry equilibrium unit. Students will be expected to have learned the following concepts prior to completing this activity:

Jack Eichler / University of California, Riverside Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:18

Case Study: Animal Migration and Isotopes

Submitted by Lyndsay Munro / University of Nevada on Tue, 02/11/2020 - 15:11
Description

This is an in-class case study activity that introduces relevancy between atomic structure (specifically isotopes) and animal migration.  Students will apply their knowledge of isotopes, writing atomic symbols, and calculating average atomic mass while also connecting this information to another application (in this case animal migration).  

Time-Integrated Rate Laws and the Stability of Gold(III) Anticancer Compounds

Submitted by Jack Eichler / University of California, Riverside on Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:55
Description

This is a flipped classroom module that covers the concepts of time-integrated rate laws. This activity is designed to be done at the end of the typical second quarter/second semester general chemistry kinetics unit. Students will be expected to have learned the following concepts prior to completing this activity:

Reaction Mechanisms: Energy Profiles and Catalysts

Submitted by Wes Farrell / United States Naval Academy on Thu, 01/02/2020 - 13:44
Description

This in class activity consists of two demonstrations to be performed by the instructor, followed by a worksheet that students may work on independently or in groups.  The demonstrations allow the students to determine when a reaction has occured, when it has not occured, and generate qualitative reaction energy profiles to match these observations.  This activity is designed to take place during a description of kinetics in general chemistry. Detailed descriptions of the procedure and activity may be found in the "Overview for Instructor."