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FUTURE PROGRAM

myIDEA Introductory Chemistry


Brad McManus, btmcm@umich.edu, Computer Science Engineering

OVERVIEW PROJECT SNAPSHOT WHAT I LEARNED


My primary job in the classroom was to help Solubility Rules The FUTURE program provided me with high
explain and facilitate the Chemistry Lab. I school teaching experience. It was great to
was lucky to have an excellent high school • Combined a variety of chemicals on a spot spend time in a classroom with a group of
plate to observe solubility rules
chemistry teacher that made loving kids, enriching their learning experience. I
chemistry easy. I especially enjoyed the • Students derived solubility for hydroxide learned just as much, or more from these
labs, so I was instantly turned on to this kids, as well. I don't see myself teaching in
project What is a Chemical Reaction? the next 10 years, but it is a great skill to be
able to convey what your thinking to others.
I spent my time working with fellow student, • A series of five reactions that showed a
Sam Boas, and Thomas Ambrose, the high different example of a reaction
school teacher. Due to scheduling conflicts,
• Strictly qualitative
Sam taught his lab during the third and
fourth hour classes, while I taught the fifth
Food Calorimetry
and sixth hours.
• The goal was to compare the calorie count
TIMELINE from the label to calorie count found
experimentally
Solubility Rules
What is a Chemical Reaction? • We used a simple calorimeter (pop can, tin
Food Calorimetry foil, thermometer and tested with Fritos)

• Unfortunately the calorimeter was too


inefficient and lost heat, skewing the results

Partner Information: Sam Boas


School Information: Ypsilanti High School
Teacher Information: Thomas Ambrose
Project Coordinator: Mary Starr
ProjectSupport Staff: Cesar Delgado, Morten
Lundsgaard, Justin Lomont, Tracy Lent