The book Chemistry on a Budget contains inexpensive chemistry labs that could be useful to your classes. You can buy this lab book for $23 at amazon.com or lulu.com. Check it out!
There are two versions of each lab, one with a ten-question conclusion and one with directions for a full lab report. This way the teacher has the option! Each lab is two pages to allow for one two-sided handout.
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*Some of you have purchased my lab book – be sure to check out Page 141 !
Past blog posts that may be useful at the end of the school year include:
-Final Exams – End of Year Preparation dated 06/08/2014
- End of Year Activity – Lab Clean-up dated 06/15/2014
- Lab Practical Examination dated 04/30/2015
- Final Exams II dated 06/04/2015
Many of you may be teaching about Nuclear Chemistry right now, especially Nuclear Fusion. Past blog posts about Nuclear Chemistry include:
02/11/2015 Introduction to Nuclear Chemistry
02/18/2015 Nuclear Chemistry -- Part II (Fission, Fusion
10/22/2015 The Future of Nuclear Fusion
This week was the 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in history on April 26, 1986.
“An uncontrolled reaction blew the roof off, spewing out a cloud of radioactive material which drifted into other parts of the USSR, including Russia and Belarus, and northern Europe.”
This webpage contains several 2-3 minute videos that could be useful to your students in comprehending what happened. The 2nd video with the caption “Chernobyl engineer Yuriy Andreyev recalls the day disaster struck” is very powerful.
“When an explosion tore through Chernobyl's No. 4 reactor on April 26, 1986, near Pripyat, Ukraine, more than 30 people died and countless others have died from radiation symptoms since... In the months after the accident, a sarcophagus was built to cover Reactor 4 and contain the radioactive material. However, it has since deteriorated, resulting in radiation
“When the [New Safe Confinement or] NSC is completed, it will be pushed over the damaged reactor. The arch-like structure is designed to prevent the release of contaminated material from the present sarcophagus and also protect the structure from external impacts, such as tornadoes or extreme thunderstorms.”
Here are several photographs from the 1986 disaster to present day:
Here is an interesting webpage focusing on the environmental effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident:
If you are interested in more information about the details of this disaster, check out the following link:
This page includes the 1 ½ hour 2006 video “The Battle of Chernobyl”. Here is a youtube link:
Here is another video that is shorter, 46 minutes, “Zero Hour: Disaster at Chernobyl” Discovery Channel (2004). It reenacts the events leading to the accident.
My other blog posts about nuclear waste and radiation concerns include:
-Post-Fukushima Restarts dated 08/06/2015
-Current Event – Radioactive Waste from WWII dated 10/30/2015
-Nuclear Waste & Lake Huron dated 02/20/2016
-Nuclear Waste Storage dated 03/26/2016
I post this to aid in finding useful information for your class.
*This Blog contains several entries that would be helpful to your chemistry classroom. Check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries.
Also, Write To Me about your successes, challenges, or questions in the Chemistry Classroom.
Remember, buying a copy of the lab book Chemistry on a Budget can be very useful to your Chemistry classroom with labs and class article ideas.
Have a great week!