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Chemical Demonstrations : A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry Vol 1 Hardcover – May 15, 1983

ISBN-13: 978-0299088903 ISBN-10: 0299088901 Edition: 1st
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 "Even where the chemistry is familiar, teachers at all levels—from school to university-could learn how to present it in a memorable way."—Education in Chemistry

About the Author

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri is professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and founder of the Institute for Chemical Education.  He is a recipient of the  American Chemical Society's James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry as well as many other awards.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chemical Demonstrations (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (May 15, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299088901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299088903
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Jensen on October 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the first volume in Shakhashiri's unequalled Chemical Demonstrations series. There are over 80 demonstrations in this book, each one with a list of required materials, a detailed procedure, notes on hazards and disposal, a discussion of the chemical principles involved, and references. The demonstrations cover the areas of thermochemistry (Chapter 1), Chemiluminescence (Chapter 2), Polymers (Chapter 3), and Equilibria of Metal Ion Precipitates and Complexes (Chapter 4). Included in the introductory text is an article by Richard W. Ramette entitled "Exocharmic Reactions" which relates how chemical demonstrations for teaching purposes have evolved and what qualities the successful demonstrator should possess for maximum impact.
There is absolutely nothing so good as a demonstration for getting students interested in chemistry and keeping them interested. Demonstrations may take a bit of extra work on the part of the teacher, but they are worth the effort, and the effort is minimal when Shakhashiri has written such a magnificant collection of useful experiments.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I acutally love this book for chem demonstrations. Shakhashiri gives in depth explanations for all of his demonstrations and it is just a great book. I recommend this book to anyone who is doing any demonstrations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. B on October 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a first year teacher and this book has been the best investment I've made. I may have had to buy it with my own money, but it has been worth every cent. Lots of ideas are presented in this book and it gives really good ways to integrate the demonstrations to teach particular concepts. I plan to buy the other three books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. CALDERON on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book is very interesting and useful for teachers whom use the lecture and demostration method in teaching chemistry. The experiments are well tested and one can create some other new experiments taking the basis from this book. I recommend the whole series (Vols. 1 to 4). Dr. Shakhashiri is a talent chemistry teacher and he transmits his enthusiasm in teaching this science.
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If one looks for books with fine chemical experiments, this series of books is a great choice. Exactly enough theory to explain the nice experiments. A cheap but well equipped home laboratory, not an expensive professional one, gives you and your children (in my case grandchildren) the opportunity to be impressed and to learn a lot.
The level is just fine for people with (nearly) a bachelor degree (e.g. chemistry, but also physics or biology or math). The only disadvantage is that there are five books - together a lot of money - but at the other hand: such a huge amount of fine demonstrations.
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