Introduction to batteries

Submitted by Abby O'Connor / The College of New Jersey on Thu, 01/07/2021 - 13:56

A little more than 5 slides.... but hey batteries are important! Often there are not good slides available to introduce batteries, broadly, so I went a made them! These slides were also created to accompany the LO on redox flow batteries. This set of slides reviews alkaline batteries introduced in general chemistry and transitions to more modern approaches to batteries including lithium ion batteries and redox flow batteries. This work highlights the 2019 Nobel Prize work for lithium ion batteries.

SLiThEr #6: Facilitating Group Work Online

Submitted by Kyle Grice / DePaul University on Tue, 12/29/2020 - 15:36

This is the 6th SLiThEr (SLiThErs - Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable). It was hosted by Dr. Joanne Stewart from Hope College. She discussed how to do effective group work in an online environment. This information is very useful for any class at any level and we highly recommend checking it out. Dr. Stewart also has an LO on effective group work that has been updated for online group work.

Fostering a Growth Mindset: Inspiring Belief

Submitted by Anne Bentley / Lewis & Clark College on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 13:25

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.

s-p Mixing and the Order of MOs in Diatomic Molecules

Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Fri, 06/05/2020 - 20:13

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

Inorganic Active Learning Lesson Plan Design

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

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:

Electrochemistry: Galvanic Cells and the Nernst Equation

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


Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Mon, 03/02/2020 - 16:24

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.

Cisplatin and Anticancer Therapy: The Role of Chemical Equilibrium

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

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:

Case Study: Animal Migration and Isotopes

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

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).