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ERIC Number: EJ1159671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Applying Hand-Held 3D Printing Technology to the Teaching of VSEPR Theory
Dean, Natalie L.; Ewan, Corrina; McIndoe, J. Scott
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n9 p1660-1662 Sep 2016
The use of hand-held 3D printing technology provides a unique and engaging approach to learning VSEPR theory by enabling students to draw three-dimensional depictions of different molecular geometries, giving them an appreciation of the shapes of the building blocks of complex molecular structures. Students are provided with 3D printing pens and two-dimensional templates which allows them to construct three-dimensional ABS models of the basic VSEPR shapes. We found that the learning curve associated with manipulating the pen accurately and the time required to draw a structure is sufficiently high that this exercise would need to be limited in a laboratory setting to students each being tasked with drawing a different molecule; however, in the correct setting, hand-held 3D printing pens are a potentially powerful tool for the teaching of VSEPR theory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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