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ERIC Number: EJ1104117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Discovering Symmetry in Everyday Environments: A Creative Approach to Teaching Symmetry and Point Groups
Fuchigami, Kei; Schrandt, Matthew; Miessler, Gary L.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n6 p1081-1084 Jun 2016
A hands-on symmetry project is proposed as an innovative way of teaching point groups to undergraduate chemistry students. Traditionally, courses teaching symmetry require students to identify the point group of a given object. This project asks the reverse: students are instructed to identify an object that matches each point group. Doing so requires students to think about symmetry in their everyday environment and aids in the development of a more intrinsic understanding of the assignment of symmetry classifications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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