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ERIC Number: EJ1104547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
Molecular Modeling as a Self-Taught Component of a Conventional Undergraduate Chemical Reaction Engineering Course
Rothe, Erhard W.; Zygmunt, William E.
Chemical Engineering Education, v50 n2 p125-130 Spr 2016
We inserted a self-taught molecular modeling project into an otherwise conventional undergraduate chemical-reaction-engineering course. Our objectives were that students should (a) learn with minimal instructor intervention, (b) gain an appreciation for the relationship between molecular structure and, first, macroscopic state functions in chemical thermodynamics, and then rate constants and activation energies in kinetics, and (c) retain a longer-term memory of that self-taught material than is likely with textbook material. This worked successfully. We found that both the students, and an instructor that is totally inexperienced in molecular modeling, can learn enough within a few hours to do simple kinetics problems.
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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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