Make Your Own Spectroscope

In this video I uploaded to Youtube, I show you how to make your own spectroscope using the SpectraSnapp app on your iPhone.  A spectroscope is an instrument which can analyze the various colors that make up white light, or any other light source, by diffracting the visible light into its constituent wavelengths, ROYGBIV —…

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AP Chemistry 2013 Exam Free Response Section Answers

Here are my answers to the 2013 AP Chemistry Exam Free Response Section.  Please provide corrections if you see any mistakes. I thought the exam was very fair.  Long, but fair. AP Chemistry 2013 FR Answers Question 2 AP Chemistry 2013 FR Answers Question 3 AP Chemistry 2013 FR Answers Question 4 AP Chemistry 2013…

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Chem Pro iPhone and iPad Chemistry App Review

My initial intent of this blog post was to highlight the top 10 free chemistry apps for the iphone/ipad. Unfortunately, there is very little that is free in the field of chemistry. So instead, I’m going to review one app at a time, free or paid. Today, I’m reviewing the chemistry app Chem Pro. Chem…

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Why Take Chemistry

Why every student should take chemistry One of the biggest questions I get asked by my students is, “Why do I have to take chemistry?”  The truth is, students don’t have to take chemistry, but every student should, for the following reasons. 1. A basic knowledge of chemistry is essential to understanding the world around us,…

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Wordle of the Day: Empirical Formula

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Challenge Based Chemistry Learning (CBL)

I spent this past week learning how to incorporate technology, not only in our lessons, but in a concept called Challenge Based Learning, or CBL, for short.  In Challenge Based Learning, students learn their subject matter indirectly, as a necessary component of solving a community issue, such as having enough clean water, or Global Warming.…

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Half-Lives Analogy

Here is a terrific analogy of half-lives: how much remains of a radioactive isotope after each subsequent half-life.  Take a look!

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Individualized Chemistry Learning

One of the points reiterated at the ISTE 2012 conference is that it’s not about teaching, it’s about learning.  At Chem in 10, we focus on learning high school chemistry effectively, efficiently and individually.  Imagine learning chemistry online, with the best of both worlds — personalized education and your own chemistry teacher to help you…

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Flipped Teaching at ISTE 2012

I attended a flipped classroom panel at ISTE 2012 today.  A flipped classroom is one in which the classroom content can be delivered at an individual’s pace with the support of the classroom teacher.  Remember your days in the k-12 classroom.  How much classroom time was spent on student questions that were not yours?  How…

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