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Chemical Demonstrations, Volume 4
A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry
Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

"WOW!... HOW?" your students will exclaim when you present the demonstrations in the acclaimed Chemical Demonstrations Volumes 1– 5.

The demonstrations capture interest, teach, inform, fascinate, amaze, and perhaps, most importantly, involve students in chemistry. Nowhere else will you find books that answer, "How come it happens?... Is it safe?... What do I do with all the stuff when the demo is over?"

Shakhashiri and his collaborators offer 282 chemical demonstrations arranged in 11 chapters. Each demonstration includes seven sections: a brief summary, a materials list, a step-by-step account of procedures to be used, an explanation of the hazards involved, information on how to store or dispose of the chemicals used, a discussion of the phenomena displayed and principles illustrated by the demonstration, and a list of references. You'll find safety emphasized throughout the book in each demonstration.

10. Clock Reactions
11. Electrochemistry: Batteries, Electrolytic Cells, and Plating

Photo of author Bassam Shakhashiri doing a demonstration.Bassam Z. Shakhashiri is professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and founder of the Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) and the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL). He formerly served as assistant director for science and engineering education at the National Science Foundation.

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Of Related Interest
Chemical Demonstrations,
Volumes 1
, 2, 3,
and 5
Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

the cover of Chemical Demonstration 4 is a brown-green color with a dominant 4 in a lighter color.

February 1992
LC: 81-070016 QD
318 pp.   8 1/2 x 11  59 figures

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Chemical Demonstrations, Vols. 1–4 have sold more than 75,000 copies


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