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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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The number of photons ejected from the sun in a second

How many photons does the sun emit in a second? The following worksheet was used in companion with this post for chemistry students. Our chemistry class used the work of Brian Cox and (originally) John Herschel to determine the number

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Posted in Advanced Chemistry, Multivariable Calculus

Justification of equilibrium rate constant form

In this video, I explain why the rate constant expressions for every chemical equilibrium can be written by (naively) assuming that the forward and reverse reactions are elementary reactions.

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The Hidden Reality

Brian Greene’s The Hidden Reality The Hidden Reality is an excellent book for anyone. It is by no means a prerequisite that you must have taken a college-level physics course, and if you have ever wondered about the physical basis

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Posted in Advanced Chemistry, Brian Greene, Multiverse, Robert Nozick