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ERIC Number: EJ1082414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
From Desktop Toy to Educational Aid: Neo Magnets as an Alternative to Ball-and-Stick Models in Representing Carbon Fullerenes
Kao, Jacqueline Y.; Yang, Min-Han; Lee, Chi-Young
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n11 p1871-1875 Nov 2015
Neo magnets are neodymium magnet beads that have been marketed as a desktop toy. We proposed using neo magnets as an alternative building block to traditional ball-and-stick models to construct carbon allotropes, such as fullerene and various nanocone structures. Due to the lack of predetermined physical connections, the versatility of carbon bonding can be allowed for when using magnetic beads, as well as providing a more comprehensive appreciation for the angles required for stable bonding within a structure. The students are asked to make neo magnet models of various nanocone structures as well as using software to create the structures, and then compare cone angles obtained with both methods. This activity was trialed on several discussion groups with positive results and feedback of a deeper understanding for carbon nanostructures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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