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ERIC Number: EJ883537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1108
Visualization and Interactivity in the Teaching of Chemistry to Science and Non-Science Students
Venkataraman, Bhawani
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v10 n1 p62-69 2009
A series of interactive, instructional units have been developed that integrate computational molecular modelling and visualization to teach fundamental chemistry concepts and the relationship between the molecular and macro-scales. The units span the scale from atoms, small molecules to macromolecular systems, and introduce many of the concepts discussed in a first year undergraduate class, such as atomic structure, chemical bonding, the molecular nature of physical properties and structure-function relations in macromolecular systems. The units were used in an introductory level chemistry course for non-science majors and students interested in non-traditional science careers. Assessment of these units indicated that the students are successfully learning fundamental concepts, value the computer-based learning aids, and begin to develop mental models of the molecular scale. (Contains 2 notes, 11 tables, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A