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Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2021 with “Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes It Go!” Resources from the Journal of Chemical Education

National Chemistry Week, a community-based annual event uniting ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating and promoting the value of chemistry in our everyday life, is being celebrated October 17–23, 2021 with the theme “Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes It Go!”. Explorations of reaction rates can be used to motivate students, illustrate important chemical concepts, and communicate the importance of chemistry. Make the most of this annual celebration by connecting chemistry to students’ everyday lives through resources from the Journal of Chemical Education.

Hands-on Activities for Exploring Reaction Rates

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Chemistry Time: Factors Affecting the Rate of a Chemical Reaction
Journal of Chemical Education 1998, 75 (9), 1120A
DOI: 10.1021/ed075p1120A
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The Effects of Temperature on Lightsticks
Journal of Chemical Education 1999, 76 (1), 40A
DOI: 10.1021/ed076p40A
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Flipping Pennies and Burning Candles: Adventures in Kinetics
Journal of Chemical Education 2003, 80 (3), 304A
DOI: 10.1021/ed080p304A
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Determining Rate of Flow through a Funnel
Journal of Chemical Education 2004, 81 (5), 672A
DOI: 10.1021/ed081p672A
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Trusty or Rusty? Oxidation Rate of Nails
Journal of Chemical Education 2005, 82 (11), 1648A
DOI: 10.1021/ed082p1648A
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Out of the Blue: Exploring a Clock Reaction
Journal of Chemical Education 2003, 80 (5), 536A
DOI: 10.1021/ed080p536A
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Understanding Chemical Reaction Kinetics and Equilibrium with Interlocking Building Blocks
Journal of Chemical Education 2011, 88 (10), 1400-1403
DOI: 10.1021/ed1010773
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Using a Hands-On Hydrogen Peroxide Decomposition Activity To Teach Catalysis Concepts to K–12 Students
Journal of Chemical Education 2016, 93 (8), 1406-1410
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00946
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Approaching a Conceptual Understanding of Enzyme Kinetics and Inhibition: Development of an Active Learning Inquiry Activity for Prehealth and Nonscience Majors
Journal of Chemical Education 2016, 93 (8), 1397-1400
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00562
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Laboratory Experiments for Investigating Reaction Rates

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Sizzle and Fizzle of Bath Bombs: An Inexpensive and Accessible Kinetics Experiment
Journal of Chemical Education 2020, 97 (6), 1629-1632
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b01110
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Kinetic Modeling of and Effect of Candy Additives on the Candy–Cola Soda Geyser: Experiments for Elementary School Science through Physical Chemistry
Journal of Chemical Education 2020, 97, (1), 283-288
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00796
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A Fresh Look at the Crystal Violet Lab with Handheld Camera Colorimetry
Journal of Chemical Education 2015, 92 (10), 1692-1695
DOI: 10.1021/ed500876y
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Reaction of FD&C Blue 1 with Sodium Percarbonate: Multiple Kinetics Methods Using an Inexpensive Light Meter
Journal of Chemical Education 2019, 96 (7), 1453-1457
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00589
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Exploring Chemical Kinetics at Home in Times of Pandemic: Following the Bleaching of Food Dye Allura Red Using a Smartphone
Journal of Chemical Education 2021, 98 (6), 2117-2121
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c01427
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A Microscale Approach to Chemical Kinetics in the General Chemistry Laboratory: The Potassium Iodide Hydrogen Peroxide Iodine-Clock Reaction
Journal of Chemical Education 2011, 88 (2), 184-188
DOI: 10.1021/ed100140w
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Blue Bottle Experiment: Learning Chemistry without Knowing the Chemicals
Journal of Chemical Education 2017, 94 (6), 730-737
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00844
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Measuring Yeast Fermentation Kinetics with a Homemade Water Displacement Volumetric Gasometer
Journal of Chemical Education 2018, 95 (5), 828-832
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00043
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Demonstrations for Understanding Reaction Rates

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Making Water the Exciting Way: A Classroom Demonstration of Catalysis
Journal of Chemical Education 2014, 91 (4), 550-553
DOI: 10.1021/ed4006024
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Elephant’s Toothpaste Used as a Qualitative Demonstration of Rate versus Temperature
Journal of Chemical Education 2020, 97 (4), 1061-1067
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00782
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Demonstration of the Influence of Specific Surface Area on Reaction Rate in Heterogeneous Catalysis
Journal of Chemical Education 2021, 98 (3), 935-940
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c01101
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Clock Reaction Revisited: Catalyzed Redox Substrate-Depletive Reactions
Journal of Chemical Education 2019, 96 (4), 812-818
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00547
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Demonstration of Thermodynamics and Kinetics Using FriXion Erasable Pens
Journal of Chemical Education 2012, 89 (4), 526-528
DOI: 10.1021/ed100831p

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