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Chemistry on a Budget contains several labs that are great for the beginning of the school year! Topics used include Significant Figures, Density (2 labs) and Physical Separation techniques -- they are very handy for the beginning of the school year.
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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I realize that during the school year it’s very difficult to keep up with research topics. During the next few weeks, I will talk about some current research going on in the science community.
There have been two blog entries about Nuclear Energy -- Intro to Nuclear Chemistry on 2/11/2015 and Nuclear Chemistry – Part II on 2/18/2015.
A major accident at a nuclear power plant was at Fukushima in Japan in 2011.
According to http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Safety-and-Security/Safety-of-Plants/Fukushima-Accident/ :
“The Great East Japan Earthquake of magnitude 9.0 at 2.46 pm on Friday 11 March 2011 did considerable damage in the region, and the large tsunami it created caused very much more … [the] 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on 11 March 2011. All three cores largely melted in the first three days.”
Here is another site with a useful timeline of the history of the Fukushima nuclear accident:
This site provides a 1-page summary of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident:
According to an August 5, 2015 news article,
“Japan is about to do something that’s never been done before: Restart a fleet of mothballed nuclear reactors.”
*Students could summarize various articles about the accident at Fukushima, or discuss/debate the pros and cons of nuclear power plants.
This Blog contains several entries that would be helpful to your chemistry classroom. Remember, you can check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries.
Enjoy the last weeks of summer vacation, and remember to order my book!