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ERIC Number: EJ853496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
An Educational Approach to Computationally Modeling Dynamical Systems
Chodroff, Leah; O'Neal, Tim M.; Long, David A.; Hemkin, Sheryl
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n9 p1072-1076 Sep 2009
Chemists have used computational science methodologies for a number of decades and their utility continues to be unabated. For this reason we developed an advanced lab in computational chemistry in which students gain understanding of general strengths and weaknesses of computation-based chemistry by working through a specific research problem. The course introduced basic computational strategies and the students worked in several different areas (e.g., visualization, structure determination, modeling of reaction dynamics). During a student-selected, semester-long project modeling and exploring the dynamics associated with an oscillating reaction, students developed recognition and understanding of some of the complexities involved in computational work, as well as awareness of how simulation, theory, and experiment complement one another. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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