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ERIC Number: EJ853416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Teaching with Crystal Structures: Helping Students Recognize and Classify the Smallest Repeating Particle in a Given Substance
Smithenry, Dennis W.
Science Teacher, v76 n6 p52-57 Sep 2009
Classifying a particle requires an understanding of the type of bonding that exists within and among the particles, which requires an understanding of atomic structure and electron configurations, which requires an understanding of the elements of periodic properties, and so on. Rather than getting tangled up in all of these concepts at the start of the year, the author has found it quicker and simpler to use three-dimensional (3-D), computerized visualizations of crystal structures to teach the classification of particles. This article describes how to use these visualizations in a chemistry lesson and how other teachers can incorporate them into their practice as well. (Contains 5 figures and 7 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A