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 the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Investigating Chemistry.
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.
What resources are available for my students?
CalculatorsThese online and downloadable calculators cover topics central to the course: dilution, molarity, density, moles, F to C, C to F, equilibrium, and molar mass.
ChemCastsChemCasts 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 DemonstrationsChemistry Demonstrations are videos of laboratory demonstrations about topics related to the text.
ChemNews from Scientific AmericanThe 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.
e-BookLaunchPad’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.
Forensic Chemistry SimulationsForensic Chemistry Simulations present realistic, interactive crime scenarios for students to solve. After reading through a case, users interpret forensic evidence and “facts” provided by “investigators” to make decisions using their knowledge of chemistry. These compelling, hands-on activities engage students and encourage them to learn and apply the concepts of chemistry.
Interactive AppletsThese 15 applets use text and interactive features to walk students through key concepts.
Interactive Periodic TableThe Interactive Periodic Table provides students with easy access to the periodic table of elements.
Online QuizzesEach 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 PowerPointsArt PowerPoints presentations contain all figures, photos, and tables from the chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.
Clicker QuestionsClicker Questions are a selection of multiple choice questions designed for in-class use with clickers.
Instructional Lab VideosInstructional Lab Videos are silent videos from the experiments that instructors can use in class presentations.
Instructor Notes and AnswersThese are instructor notes and answers for the experiments found in the text.