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Master of Science


In many secondary education chemistry classrooms, teachers have a difficult time introducing chemistry topics in a way that will be interesting to the high school student. The development of a materials and environmental chemistry teacher's manual will help teachers introduce a variety of selected topics in an interesting fashion to the students. This manual focuses on the subjects covered for freshman and sophomore level students. The manual uses five separate experiments to introduce topics such as the electromagnetic spectrum and solubility. The five experiments include a test on tennis shoe stiffness and energy dissipation ability, pesticides in water, grease in vent hoods, concentration of salicin in willow, and a paint adhering test on a vehicle bumper. The manual introduces several chemistry concepts by relating the subject to projects that the students can understand because they are useful to society and the environment. By presenting the material in this manner, students should be able to focus on the specific concepts longer, thus understanding the concepts better. Some of the lessons cover a topic that is required by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for postsecondary education materials chemistry classes. The inclusion of these topics will increase the knowledge of future chemistry students in an area that will be required at multiple postsecondary education institutions. Each experiment topic includes background information, teacher information, lesson objectives, ACS topic and/or experimental subject covered, lesson, definitions, supplements, transparencies, and a worksheet.


Chemistry | Education