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ERIC Number: ED114246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 202
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The Monte Carlo Integration Computer as an Instructional Model for the Simulation of Equilibrium and Kinetic Chemical Processes: The Development and Evaluation of a Teaching Aid.
Wood, Dean Arthur
A special purpose digital computer which utilizes the Monte Carlo integration method of obtaining simulations of chemical processes was developed and constructed. The computer, designated as the Monte Carlo Integration Computer (MCIC), was designed as an instructional model for the illustration of kinetic and equilibrium processes, and was constructed from surplus components at a total cost of approximately $500. The MCIC was shown to be capable of quantitatively simulating microscopic, macroscopic, first-order, second-order, consecutive and catalytic kinetic processes and microscopic, macroscopic, Le Chatelier and catalytic equilibrium processes. Kinetic and equilibrium topics were shown through the consideration of educational materials and the utilization of a questionnaire to constitute an important component of high school and college chemistry courses. However, a literature review indicated that only two reported instructional models were uniquely capable of simulating ten selected kinetic and equilibrium processes. Both of the instructional models utilized Monte Carlo integration techniques and incorporated features that greatly inhibited their pedagogical usefulness. The MCIC was designed to incorporate the rationale of operation of these instructional Monte Carlo models while eliminating many of their pedagogical disadvantages. The MCIC, therefore, appears to represent a significant contribution to the repertoire of instructional models. (Author/MLH)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Temple University