ERIC Number: EJ1068984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Integrating Computational Chemistry into a Course in Classical Thermodynamics
Martini, Sheridan R.; Hartzell, Cynthia J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n7 p1201-1203 Jul 2015
Computational chemistry is commonly addressed in the quantum mechanics course of undergraduate physical chemistry curricula. Since quantum mechanics traditionally follows the thermodynamics course, there is a lack of curricula relating computational chemistry to thermodynamics. A method integrating molecular modeling software into a semester long thermodynamics course is proposed in this paper. With the introduction to a computational chemistry program earlier in their undergraduate curriculum, students are given more opportunity to appreciate the vast applications and benefits of the science. The structure of the out-of-class assignments has been modified over the course of three semesters in order to improve correlation with lecture material and focus the goals of each lesson.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Thermodynamics, Science Curriculum, Molecular Structure, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Science Experiments, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments
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