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A biologist's musing on teaching about entropy and energy: towards a better understanding of life processes

Issue: March 2018 368

Author: Ulrich Kattmann

Extract: Entropy is more usually studied in physics and chemistry but can also be considered in biology to explain limitations of energy changes in life processes.

An accessible approach to understanding entropy and change

Issue: March 2018 368

Author: Philip Johnson

Extract: Entropy is not so difficult and clarifies understanding of the material world.

The 'salting out' effect: investigating the influence of both the nature and concentration of salt on the partition coefficient of butan-1,4-dioic acid

Issue: March 2018 368

Author: John McCullagh

Extract: This activity describes how students can use acid-base titrimetry to investigate how adding salt to the aqueous phase may change the value of the partition coefficient of an organic acid.

Assessing practical skills in physics using computer simulations

Issue: March 2018 368

Author: Kevin Walsh

Extract: With continuing interest in how science students' practical abilities can be measured, can virtual approaches provide the solution to the problem?

Seismology and research in schools: one school's experience

Issue: March 2018 368

Author: Joe Tedd and Bernie Tedd

Extract: The participation of King Edward VI High School for Girls in the UK Seismology Project resulted in a research study into the correlation between microseisms and ocean wave activity.

Recording images observed using ripple tanks

Issue: March 2018 368

Author: Geoff Auty

Extract: The journey to successful photography in the dark.

Comparing two types of diagnostic items to evaluate understanding of heat and temperature concepts

Issue: March 2018 368

Author: Hye-Eun Chu, A.L. Chandrasegaran and David F. Treagust

Extract: Two-tier multiple choice items based on alternative-conceptions research have better efficiency in monitoring year 8 students' science learning compared with multiple-choice items with open-ended responses.

Can the principles of cognitive acceleration be used to improve numerical reasoning in science?

Issue: March 2018 368

Author: Anthony Clowser, Susan Wyn Jones and John Lewis

Extract: An investigation into whether CASE could help to develop learners' skills in the numerical reasoning strand of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework in Wales.

Reviews

Issue: March 2018 368

Extract: - Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises - Enough Water? A guide to what we have and how we use it - Sacred Bovines: the ironies and misplaced assumptions in biology - Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world - The Calculus Story – a mathematical adventure - Significant Figures: Lives and works of trailblazing mathematicians - How to Count to Infinity - Lost Science: Astonishing tales of forgotten genius - The Gadget Inventor Handbook - The Science of Sleep: What it is, why we need it, how it works - Making Every Science Lesson Count: Six principles to support great science teaching - Inside Teaching: how to make a difference for every learner and teacher - Dive In! Immersion in science practices for high school students

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