Professor Ingrid Montes's "Chewing Gum and Solubility" was ranked as the top classroom activity by Journal of Chemical Education

09/14/ 2012

Ordinary Items. Extraordinary Results.

Celebrating 15 Years with the 15 Greatest Hits, 1997-2012

September 2012 marks fifteen years since the first classroom activity, "A Refrigerator Magnet Analog of Scanning-Probe Microscopy" was published in the Journal of Chemical Education.

112 Activities later - readers are still finding these activities attractive and useful; with their use of materials available from local grocery and hardware stores, wide range of chemical concepts covered, a ready-to-photocopy-and-use format, and the knowledge that each one had been tested by fellow teachers.

Below are the 15 most popular classroom activities from the last 15 years – JCE's greatest hits.


JCE Classroom Activities Virtual Issue: Celebrating 15 Years with the 15 Greatest Hits, 1997–2012

Erica K. Jacobsen

DOI: 10.1021/ed300347g


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[#105] A Sticky Situation: Chewing Gum and Solubility

I. M. Montes-González, J. A. Cintron-Maldonado, I. E. Párez-Medina, V. Montes-Berríos, S. N. Román-López

DOI: 10.1021/ed800135j

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[#62] Color My Nanoworld

A. D. McFarland, C. L. Haynes, C. A. Mirkin, R. P. Van Duyne, H. A. Godwin

DOI: 10.1021/ed081p544A

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[#89] Colorful Lather Printing

S. A. S. Hershberger, M. Nance, A. M. Sarquis, L. M. Hogue

DOI: 10.1021/ed084p608A

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[#106] Sequestration of Divalent Metal Ion by Superabsorbent Polymer in Diapers

C. Yueh-Huey, J.-Y. Lin, L.-P. Lin, H. Liang, J.-F. Yaung

DOI: 10.1021/ed100415e

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[#107] And the Oscar Goes to...A Chemist!

C. R. Howder, K. D. Groen, T. S. Kuntzleman

DOI: 10.1021/ed900013z

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[#67] Flame Tests: Which Ion Causes the Color?

M. J. Sanger

DOI: 10.1021/ed081p1776A

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[#108] Using Archimedes’ Principle To Explain Floating and Sinking Cans

M. J. Sanger

DOI: 10.1021/ed100861h

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[#104] A Novel, Simplified Scheme for Plastics Identification

M. E. Harris, B. Walker

DOI: 10.1021/ed800055p

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[#109] My Acid Can Beat Up Your Acid!

A. Putti

DOI: 10.1021/ed100849b

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[#73] Colors in Liquid Crystals

G. Lisensky, E. Boatman

DOI: 10.1021/ed082p1360A

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[#103] Enjoy a Hot Drink, Thanks to Chemistry!

G. Pinto, M. T. Oliver-Hoyo, J. A. Llorens-Molina

DOI: 10.1021/ed086p1280A

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[#93] Aluminum—Air Battery

M. Tamez, J. H. Yu

DOI: 10.1021/ed084p1936A

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[#100] How Heavy Is a Balloon? Using the Ideal Gas Law

B. O. Johnson, H. Van Milligan

DOI: 10.1021/ed086p224A

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[#41] Tick Tock, a Vitamin C Clock

S. W. Wright

DOI: 10.1021/ed079p40

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[#91] Fluorescent Fun: Using a Homemade Fluorometer

M. F. Wahab

DOI: 10.1021/ed084p1312A