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Color, Light,
Vision, Perception

This new volume brings color and light to the forefront, describing demonstrations that effectively communicate science both to students and to general audiences. Bassam Shakhashiri and his collaborators Rodney Schreiner and Jerry Bell provide detailed instructions both for displaying colorful phenomena and illustrating scientific principles, and they describe what happens when visual information enters the human eye and is perceived by the brain.
 
With over 50 demonstrations and multiple procedures this volume sets new goals and expectations for arousing and sustaining interest in chemical transformations. Also included is a rich introductory section that explains the science of color and light and outlines the chemical processes of vision and the effects of visual stimuli that lead to perception.
 
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. As in all volumes in the series, this book aims to communicate chemistry by using pedagogical knowledge to enhance effectiveness of classroom and public presentations.

The book was published in February 2011 by the University of Wisconsin Press.

 

Volume 5 is dedicated to:

Ron Perkins

Ron Perkins,
for his educational innovations in and out of the high school classroom—a teacher for us all,

and to

With Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks,
a chemist at heart, for making me aware
of the complexity of memory, emotions,
and the brain, and helping me to
understand myself and to explain
our beautiful chemical world.

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

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"Volume 5 is beautifully designed and the explanations are absolutely excellent."
Henry A. Bent, Professor Emeritus,
University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Chemistry

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"very classical to innovative approaches, but always illustrative, very expressive and presented with great and communicative humour and fun"
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In this series of practical handbooks, Prof. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri and collaborators describe a wide range of demonstrations for displaying chemical phenomena in science classrooms at all levels. The demonstrations are grouped into topical chapters, and each chapter includes an introduction which provides information about the concepts, terminology, and principles related to the demonstrations. The demonstrations themselves are divided into seven sections:

  1. A brief description gives a succinct overview of the demonstration.
  2. A list of materials carefully itemizes everything you need to perform the demonstration, including chemicals, laboratory equipment, and other supplies.
  3. The procedure section provides step-by step instructions for preparation and presentation of the demonstration.
  4. The hazards section details the specific potential dangers of every hazardous chemical used in the demonstration and, where appropriate, additional potential hazards associated with the demonstration.
  5. The disposal section provides information about discarding or storing the chemicals used in each demonstration.
  6. The valuable discussion section for each demonstration provides, often in considerable detail, the chemical phenomena and principles illustrated by each demonstration. If includes appropriate chemical equations and quantitative data. These analyses enhance the book's usefulness by facilitating the teacher's explanations of the phenomena that occur in the demonstrations.
  7. A list of references details sources of additional information.

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