ERIC Number: EJ1159666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
FlashPhotol: Using a Flash Photolysis Apparatus Simulator to Introduce Students to the Kinetics of Transient Species and Fast Reactions
Bigger, Stephen W.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n8 p1475-1477 Aug 2016
FlashPhotol is an educational software package that introduces students to the kinetics of transient species and fast reactions. This is achieved by means of a computer-simulated flash photolysis apparatus that comprises all major functional elements and that students can use to perform various experiments. The experimental interface presents a visual representation of the monitoring light beam transmission through the sample cell as well as the corresponding transient concentration after excitation thereby enabling students to fully appreciate the fundamental processes on which the technique relies. Experiments in the package also reinforce students' understanding of the Beer-Lambert law and illustrate how an absorbance value is produced from internal signals within an instrument. The software includes: (i) a fully contained tutorial on the technique of flash photolysis; and (ii) a procedure for each of the experiments that can be performed using the simulator along with an example results analysis in each case. It is anticipated that instructors may wish to use the simulator for lecture demonstrations, especially in demonstrating the transient process occurring in the sample cell following flash irradiation.
Descriptors: Kinetics, Light, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Computer Simulation, Computer Software, Science Experiments, Laboratory Experiments
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