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Bladt, Don; Murray, Steve; Gitch, Brittany; Trout, Haylee; Liberko, Charles – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
This undergraduate organic laboratory exercise involves the sulfuric acid-catalyzed conversion of waste vegetable oil into biodiesel. The acid-catalyzed method, although inherently slower than the base-catalyzed methods, does not suffer from the loss of product or the creation of emulsion producing soap that plagues the base-catalyzed methods when…
Descriptors: Fuels, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Undergraduate Students
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Journal of Chemical Education, 1985
Provides highlights of lectures, workshops, papers, and symposia presented at a conference which addressed such areas of chemical education as college/high school chemistry teaching; curriculum/curriculum development; safety; two-year programs; computers; toxicology and health hazards; problem-solving; writing skills development; textbooks;…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Conferences, Higher Education
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Cary, William R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
Examines the present state and future of high school chemistry, and whether a crisis exists in chemistry at the high school level. Also proposes a new model for chemistry education and suggests that new materials and sufficient training and retraining are needed to implement new ideas and instructional strategies. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), High Schools
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Schrader, C. L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
Discusses instructional strategies and activities designed to help students learn to recognize patterns and to create models to explain patterns. These include laboratory investigations and an exercise in which students are challenged to find the model used for the classroom seating arrangement. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, High Schools, Models, Pattern Recognition
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Goh, N. K.; And Others – Journal of Chemical Education, 1989
Provided is a model to depict how the development of process skills can be systematically achieved and in turn determine the students' achievement in science practicals. Modified laboratory instruction is compared with conventional laboratory instruction. The results of field testing on 164 ninth grade subjects are described. (MVL)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Grade 9, Instructional Effectiveness, Laboratories
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Gass, J. Ric – Journal of Chemical Education, 1990
Discussed are concepts involved in legal liability for laboratory accidents. The focus of this article is on negligence, duty, and responsibility issues. Highlighted are the basis of a lawsuit, negligent tort, duty and breech of duty, and cause and harm. Thirty-one cases are cited. (CW)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Court Litigation, Higher Education
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Rund, John V.; And Others – Journal of Chemical Education, 1989
Discusses a survey of selected undergraduate chemistry laboratory courses. Topics include: who preps the experiment; degree of faculty involvement; instructional loads; types of directions used; satisfaction with materials used; techniques taught; computer use; rating the laboratory; and a self rating. Provides data for each topic. (MVL)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Class Size, College Science, Computer Uses in Education
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Gardner, Marjorie – Journal of Chemical Education, 1989
Discusses changes in chemistry education from 1983 to 1988. Describes the past and present situation of chemistry education. Reports on current teacher education programs. (MVL)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Howard, Robert E.; And Others – Journal of Chemical Education, 1989
Describes a year long laboratory program for third, fourth, and fifth graders. States the goal of the program is to demonstrate what chemistry is, how it is done, and why it is fun and interesting. Provides a syllabus of the experiments and lists educational objectives. (MVL)
Descriptors: Chemical Reactions, Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education
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Foukaridis, G. N.; McFarlane, L. R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1988
Notes that criticism of the training offered by universities to future chemists is well documented. Suggests a 17-step model for the planning of a chemistry course that utilizes a competency-based training program. Explains each step and lists sample objectives. (MVL)
Descriptors: Accountability, Chemical Industry, Chemistry, College Science
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Lippincott, W. Thomas; Bodner, George M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1984
Past, present, and future trends in chemical education are discussed. Among the areas considered are the earliest traditions in chemistry, lessons learned from past experiences, research in chemical education, fostering excellence in precollege science education, and instructional innovation in chemistry. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Educational Trends, Elementary School Science
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Davis, Jeff C. Jr.; And Others – Journal of Chemical Education, 1989
Described are the camps, competitions, and tests of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad. International competition, local exams, participating high schools, and national exams are highlighted. A summary of test results from the 1988 national examinations are presented. (CW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Chemistry, Competition, Educational Opportunities
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Tabbutt, Frederick D.; And Others – Journal of Chemical Education, 1989
This paper reports on the success of a laboratory teaching technique for teaching undergraduate chemistry. Discussed are the premises of the approach, and the use of the computer, the explorations, and the seminar which are included in the course. (CW)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Computer Uses in Education, Course Descriptions
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Rothchild, Robert – Journal of Chemical Education, 1988
Suggests the use of small canopy hoods that provide flexibility of vertical and horizontal adjustment over the lab bench as a replacement for permanent hoods. Includes many safety related instances where canopy hoods should be used. (MVL)
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Chemistry, Classrooms, College Science
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Journal of Chemical Education, 1989
Described is a practical resource that ties the specifics of classroom chemistry content to the specifics of teaching practice. Listed are 135 lessons found on three videodisks which have 700 pages of supporting written materials. Notes that the full gamut of the traditional high school curriculum is covered. (MVL)
Descriptors: Chemical Nomenclature, Chemistry, Computer Interfaces, Computer Oriented Programs