LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click here to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Exploring Chemistry.
What resources are available for my students?
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
These online and downloadable calculators cover topics central to the course: dilution, molarity, density, moles, F to C, C to F, equilibrium, and molar mass.
ChemCasts are videos that replicate the face-to-face experience of watching an instructor work a problem. Using a virtual whiteboard, the ChemCasts tutors show students the steps involved in solving key worked examples, while explaining the concept along the way. The worked examples were chosen with the input of chemistry students and instructors across the country. ChemCasts can be viewed online or can be downloaded to a portable media device, such as an iPod.
Chemistry Demonstrations are videos of laboratory demonstrations about topics related to the text.
ChemNews from Scientific American
The Scientific American newsfeed delivers articles, podcasts, news briefs, and videos on subjects related to chemistry. The newsfeed is updated several times per week, and the material can be archived or assigned by instructors.
LaunchPad’s e-Book offers the complete textbook with all of the interactive study tools specific to the book and the course linked in at point of use--plus easy customization and personalization for students and instructors. Students can search and highlight, making it easier to access key content and organize studying. Teachers can customize and rearrange chapters, add and share notes and discussions, and link to quizzes, activities, and other resources.
These 15 applets use text and interactive features to walk students through key concepts.
Interactive Periodic Table
The Interactive Periodic Table provides students with easy access to the periodic table of elements.
Each chapter includes a summative quiz with pre-loaded questions covering all content learned in the unit. These quizzes are easy to edit and can include instructor-authored questions.
Problem Solving Tutorials are Web tutorials that offer support for skills critical to success in the introductory course. Based on worked examples and end-of-chapter problems from the text, these interactive walkthroughs reinforce the concepts presented in the classroom, providing students with self-paced explanation and practice. Each tutorial consists of the following four components:
- Conceptual Explanation: An easy-to-follow, thorough explanation of the topic.
- Worked Example: A step-by-step walkthrough of the problem-solving technique.
- Try It Yourself: An interactive version of the Worked Example that prompts students to complete the problem and supplies answer-specific feedback.
- Practice Problems: A series of problems designed to check understanding.
As they utilize the tutorials, students achieve a deeper understanding of both the chemistry fundamentals and the problem-solving methods, which they can then apply to other problems and assessment.
What resources are available for instructors?
From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Art PowerPoints presentations contain all figures, photos, and tables from the chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.
Clicker Questions are a selection of multiple choice questions designed for in-class use with clickers.