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Apple juice and vinegar — Chemistry prompts about weak acids

Generating interest in weak acids We started a unit this week applying equilibrium concepts to acid base chemistry. To motivate this discussion, we used prompts to engage students in the critical thinking skills of problem solving and lab design. Apple juice and vinegar

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Lewis Structure and Function

I wrote the following pre-lab activity as a practice for Lewis Structures and to use in conjunction with a great PhET activity. Enjoy!

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An end and a new beginning…

Check out the prezi for a summary of our 2 week experiment You’ll find out what our students thought of the experiment. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and find their reflections helpful!

Posted in Advanced Chemistry, Multivariable Calculus

Chemistry of wet plate photography

Check out our Prezi of wet plate photography chemistry

Posted in Advanced Chemistry

The power of aggregation – part 2

In part 1, I argued that many of the most compelling processes that we observe in the world around us work according to a basic principle associated with aggregation. I will expand on this by writing a few lines that

Posted in Advanced Chemistry, Multivariable Calculus

The power of aggregation – part 1

This is the information age, and sitting at the heart of the information expansion that has defined this age is a simple idea: aggregation. Swimming in all this information, will humans ever be able to reliably predict the future? And

Posted in Advanced Chemistry, Multivariable Calculus

Engineering scientific discovery

I was recently listening to archived Radiolab episodes, and came across this story about Eureqa, a computer algorithm that looks for patterns in data sets. The amazing thing about this story is that the algorithm finds correlations and relationships between

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Posted in Advanced Chemistry, Multivariable Calculus, Steven Strogatz