ERIC Number: ED223238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Decision Making in Computer-Simulated Experiments.
Suits, J. P.; Lagowski, J. J.
A set of interactive, computer-simulated experiments was designed to respond to the large range of individual differences in aptitude and reasoning ability generally exhibited by students enrolled in first-semester general chemistry. These experiments give students direct experience in the type of decision making needed in an experimental setting. For instance, the student is encouraged to develop a strategy for empirical problem-solving, e.g., the determination of the first and second ionization potentials of an element. Generally, this strategy involves breaking the problem into three sequential phases: empirical, graphic, and symbolic. In the empirical phase, the student must select productive experimental conditions. While many students have difficulty in deciding which values produce meaningful results, first semester students in general chemistry can learn to make empirical decisions when given several computer-simulated experiments with a consistent pedagogic structure. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Simulation
Note: Paper presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (Las Vegas, NV, April 1982).