Some ideas for starting the school year include:
07/06/2014 Decorating Your Classroom
07/13/2014 Chemistry Laboratory Safety
07/20/2014 Classroom Grading Programs
07/27/2014 Classroom Ideas –Daily Announcements
and Teacher Websites
08/03/2014 Lab Report Help
08/28/2016 The First Days of School
The book Chemistry on a Budget contains inexpensive chemistry labs that are useful with easy to obtain materials.
It will take a few weeks for the book to get to you, so ORDER NOW! You’ll want to have some time before the school year starts to see how you can use the book Chemistry on a Budget in your class.
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.
You can buy this lab book for $23 at amazon.com or lulu.com. It will take 1-2 weeks to get to you.
*Some of you have already purchased Chemistry on a Budget – be sure to check out Page 141 !
“If you are an Android phone owner, you likely access Google Maps on a regular basis. You might use it to find a new restaurant, search for the best place to buy groceries, or to monitor how bad the traffic will be when you come home from work. Now Google is revealing the first results of yet another new function of its Maps app. This will allow residents in certain cities to see the specific air quality in their neighborhood.”
“Conventionally, stationary air quality monitors provide most of the information we have about air quality in U.S. cities. This new mobile methodology allows us to collect much more data, and to collect it at street level, where people are actually breathing the air. While this data is not meant to be used to show compliance with air quality standards, it helps us better understand where people are at the greatest risk from unhealthy air.
This project is part of [the Environmental Defense Fund’s] (EDF’s) growing body of work to use sensor technology to advance our environmental mission. For this project, we convened a wide range of partners. Engineers from the University of Texas at Austin worked closely with Aclima to measure and analyze pollution data collected by Google Street View cars. These cars were deployed to areas of Oakland, California, where there are three stationary, regulatory-grade air quality monitors.”
“[This was accomplished by] …using two specially equipped Google Street View cars to repeatedly map gaseous and particulate air pollution, block-by-block, in Oakland, California. By using a year of repeated measurements, our algorithms were able to map pollution at 30 meter scales - an unprecedented resolution for a measurement dataset. We find that air quality can persistently vary even within individual city blocks. We determined that the data requirements for making stable, high-resolution pollution maps are surprisingly modest. This straightforward measurement technique could be scaled up to other cities around the world.”
“Melissa Lunden is the chief scientist for Aclima, the company that built the pollution sensing equipment added to Google's Street View cars.
‘These are sampling gases like ozone, NO, NO2, CO2, methane,’ Lunden says. ‘You see the traffic, you see the streets, you can see the air pollution. That data is uploaded to the internet in real time.’ "
This could be a useful introductory topic in your Chemistry class as it refers to several chemical compounds – these compounds could be used as the examples of elements, compounds and allotropes and an introduction to bonding and molecular shapes, too.
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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.
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