Celebrate National Chemistry Week with the Journal of Chemical Education

From the moment you open your eyes, you are surrounded by color. From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the paintings that decorate our walls, chemistry colors our world.

National Chemistry Week is October 18–24, 2015. This year’s theme, “Chemistry Colors Our World,” explores the chemistry of dyes, pigments, and light. The Journal of Chemical Education is helping celebrate: editors have highlighted articles, classroom activities, and laboratory experiments related to the theme.

Gain access to classroom activities that explore the relationship between Chemistry & Color. Introduce your students to lather printing so they can discover how artists have created beautiful marble papers since the Middle Ages and how chemistry has influenced their work. Or show them how to conduct flame tests to investigate the chemicals responsible for the colors of commercial fireworks.

Artificial food colorants are used around the world to enhance the appearance of food—and have been since ancient times. Read articles on Dyes & Pigments to learn how chemistry concepts have helped make food more appealing.

Light brightens the world around us. Investigate the luminescent properties of common items by accessing JCE classroom activities. Discover how the chemistry of light sticks illustrates chemical properties and how computers use light to produce color.

Chemistry is the world’s paintbrush. Explore the chemistry of dyes, pigments, and light by accessing the Journal of Chemical Education today.

Be sure to read C&EN for more coverage on National Chemistry Week.

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