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ERIC Number: EJ1040102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Exploring Interactive and Dynamic Simulations Using a Computer Algebra System in an Advanced Placement Chemistry Course
Matsumoto, Paul S.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n9 p1326-1333 Sep 2014
The article describes the use of Mathematica, a computer algebra system (CAS), in a high school chemistry course. Mathematica was used to generate a graph, where a slider controls the value of parameter(s) in the equation; thus, students can visualize the effect of the parameter(s) on the behavior of the system. Also, Mathematica can show the steps in the solution to an algebraic expression (e.g., solving equilibrium problems), which can benefit students with weak algebra skills. The CAS was used to create interactive and dynamic simulations in support of an inquiry-based advanced placement chemistry Beer's law, kinetics, and solubility of ionic compounds laboratory activities. A primer in the use of some Mathematica commands is included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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