LO 6.25….AGAIN!

LO 6.25….AGAIN!

Having looked at the "thermal energy" nonsense in LO 6.25 for around 5 years, and having written this blog post in Feb 2016, and this blog post in Feb 2015 (you should read them both), I still feel lost when it comes how TE might ultimately be assessed. With only one...

My favorite element

My favorite element

When one does my job(s), and one writes the kind of stuff that I write, the question of what my favorite element might be comes up a lot - quite a lot in fact. Actually I don't think that the question is one that I would have ever give any thought to were it not for...

Deadly gas is common AP chem analog

Deadly gas is common AP chem analog

Ammonia, NH3, is a pretty ubiquitous chemical substance when it comes to AP Chemistry. Not so much much in terms of actually encountering it in the lab, but rather as a molecule that can be used to illustrate a ton of useful concepts that are required knowledge at...

Here’s the annual, November bonding rant!

Here’s the annual, November bonding rant!

Maybe I teach this topic really, really badly. I think what's closer to the truth, is that it takes time for kids to get a good handle on the semantics and language of bonding terminology. Teaching AP Chemistry to sophomores that have no chemistry background, in one...

ChemSketch – Student’s first attempts 2016

ChemSketch – Student’s first attempts 2016

Honestly I'm not a fan of sharing student work in general (I think that sharing has limited value) however this is one of the rare occasions I like to. Because I am so fond of ChemSketch, I like my Introduction to Organic Chemistry students to have a go and grapple...

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