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Truhlar, Donald G. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Dispersion forces are ubiquitous in chemistry, yet they are often misunderstood. This article provides background into why they are called dispersion forces and explains how to describe them in terms of time-independent quantum mechanics. The article also describes the breakdown of the multipole series that is often used to describe dispersion…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Quantum Mechanics, Molecular Structure
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Gagnon, Nicole L.; Komor, Anna J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Adult learners seeking a high school equivalency degree are a highly motivated group of students that almost universally meet outreach audience goals of serving minority, low-income, and other disadvantaged populations. Despite the demonstrated need of this population, these students are not commonly served by university-sponsored science outreach…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, High School Equivalency Programs, Science Education, Outreach Programs
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Selco, Jodye; Bruno, Mary; Chan, Sue – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
Understanding how the periodic table of elements is organized and how to read information from it is fundamental for understanding chemistry. Introductory chemistry courses usually include discussions detailing what elemental information can be determined by virtue of its position on the periodic table. Although many people have been exposed to…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Hands on Science, Tables (Data), Science Instruction
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Dillner, Debra K.; Ferrante, Robert F.; Fitzgerald, Jeffrey P.; Schroeder, Maria J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
Interest in undergraduate student research has grown in response to initiatives from various professional societies and educational organizations. Participation in research changes student attitudes towards courses as they realize the utility and relevance of what they are learning. At the U.S. Naval Academy, the chemistry majors' curriculum was…
Descriptors: Productivity, Majors (Students), Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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Rowat, Amy C.; Hollar, Kathryn A.; Stone, Howard A.; Rosenberg, Daniel – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
Nearly everyone loves chocolate, which makes this an excellent topic for communicating scientific concepts to the general public and to students in the classroom. Here we present the outline and activities for an interactive presentation on the science of chocolate for nonspecialists and their children ages 6 and up. We design the presentation…
Descriptors: Food, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Demonstrations (Educational)
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Duncan, Kimberly A.; Johnson, Chris; McElhinny, Kyle; Ng, Steve; Cadwell, Katie D.; Zenner Petersen, Greta M.; Johnson, Angela; Horoszewski, Dana; Gentry, Ken; Lisensky, George; Crone, Wendy C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
Nanoscale science and engineering (NSE) and nanotechnology are emerging fields that have captured the attention of scientists and engineers, as well as mainstream media. However, the general public is relatively unaware of NSE, and schools (both K-12 and undergraduate institutions) rarely include nanotechnology as part of their curriculum. To help…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Technology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Products
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Soukupova, Jana; Kvitek, Libor; Kratochvilova, Martina; Panacek, Ales; Prucek, Robert; Zboril, Radek – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
Nanoscience and nanotechnology currently represent one of the most rapidly developing fields of science and technology; therefore, the fundamental principles of nanoscience and nanotechnology should be understood by college and even high school students as well as by members of scientific communities. Silver, as the pioneer material in these…
Descriptors: Technology, Technological Advancement, Metallurgy, Science Experiments
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Greene, Jessica; Stockard, Jean; Lewis, Priscilla; Richmond, Geraldine – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
For the field of chemistry to play a leading role in the science and technology sector of the U.S. economy it must recruit and retain the best and brightest talent from all segments of our society. Currently in the United States there is a significant disparity in the recruitment and retention of women relative to their male counterparts,…
Descriptors: Career Development, Workshops, College Faculty, Women Faculty
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King, Angela G. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
Chemists continue to work at the forefront of materials science research. Recent advances include application of bioengineering to produce plastics from renewable biomass instead of petroleum, generation of paper-based batteries, and development of phototriggerable microcapsules for chemical delivery. In this article, the author provides summaries…
Descriptors: Plastics, Fuels, Chemistry, Student Research
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Longo, Kevin J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2007
Using a Socratic language while implementing the mole concept in the general chemistry curriculum has become a recent trend to teach adult learners.
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adult Education, Chemistry, Science Instruction