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Abstract Volume 12 Issue 4 (2007) pp 270-272

Chemical Demonstrations for Traditionally Difficult High School Chemistry Topics

René Mussell, Patricia Mette Todebush,* and James R. Braun

Department of Natural Sciences, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA 30260,
Received August 18, 2006. Accepted June 2, 2007.

Published online: 4 August 2007

Abstract. This project was undertaken in order to enhance the high school chemistry curriculum while complying with the new performance standards for the science curriculum in the state of Georgia. One unique aspect of this project is the development of an attention-grabbing storyline, which increases the student’s interest and therefore leads to better understanding and recall of chemical principles. The chemical concepts presented in this work include acid–base indicators, diffusion, kinetics, equilibrium, precipitation, and redox chemistry. A teacher-friendly handout was also prepared detailing the materials and steps necessary to complete the demonstration, as well as giving the story to accompany the presentation.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; high school chemistry

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Article in PDF format (43 KB) HTML format page numbers updated 9/15/07

Supporting Materials:

All of the chemical demonstration handouts are available as supporting material. (393 KB)

Issue date: August 4, 2007

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