This excerpt is taken from an article called “The content method and results of the high school course in chemistry”. The article was published in July 1916 in The Chemical News and the Journal of Physical Science and was written by Alexander Smith, Columbia University, New York City.
[Taken from a blog on the Master Organic Chemistry website. This site makes organic chemistry accessible and clear. Tell students about this resource if they are planning on taking organic chemistry in university. There are some amazing cheat sheets, including ones on acid/base chemistry — there are also a few free “cheat sheets” for you to check out. ]
If you spend any time on social media sites or anywhere on the internet, you will have encountered “click bait”. Click bait is the internet slang term for online media or news content with sensationalist headlines. The CBC radio show “As it happens” did a short interview with Laura Seay, a Texas assistant professor who hit on an idea: “what if she wrote her syllabus in the style of click-bait internet headlines?” Her #clickbaitsyllabus went viral.
On 1st of April each year, Angela Swartz, Waterloo-Oxford Secondary School, Waterloo, Ontario spills some water on the floor for her students to find. Always being a careful chemistry teacher, she also includes a caution sign so the students know the floor is wet.
The cartoon was taken with permission from www.lefthandedtoons.com. The cartoons are drawn with the left-hand although both website cartoonists are right-handed. There are over 1,500 different cartoons at this website.
This reprint is from the front cover of Chem 13 News, December 1995. This clever poem came to us from Fiona Walker of North Vancouver BC, via Tony Anderson, our colleague in the Physics Department at UW.
O little endpoint I did miss
despite my intention.
It was with great excitement
I began my titration.
But now it’s all messed up
the analyte’s hot pink.
The stopcock leaked by half a drop
and now I’m on the brink.
We found this comment on “Rate My Professor” website written by a student about a chemistry professor we know — we will not mention anyone’s name — but we had to share since it was good advice for all those taking chemistry. It made us smile.
I am a chemist by profession and I have been making YouTube videos of my dogs as long as I've had them in my life. Some videos have become more popular than others, but nothing to the extent of our chemistry video.
Have you ever been sitting in lab, waiting for your solution to dissolve, and thought to yourself: I wish there was something that simultaneously kept my head warm, as well as expressed my devotion to scientific research and wet chemistry?