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ERIC Number: EJ883564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1108
Origami: A Versatile Modeling System for Visualising Chemical Structure and Exploring Molecular Function
Davis, James; Leslie, Ray; Billington, Susan; Slater, Peter R.
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v11 n1 p43-47 2010
The use of "Origami" is presented as an accessible and transferable modeling system through which to convey the intricacies of molecular shape and highlight structure-function relationships. The implementation of origami has been found to be a versatile alternative to conventional ball-and-stick models, possessing the key advantages of being both inexpensive and readily accessible. The challenge, tangible nature, sense of achievement and hence trophy-like status of the models were found to combine and serve as a potentially invaluable outreach resource in terms of transfer to the home environment, with most (greater than 70%) participants) wishing to show them to friends and family. A range of models were constructed and their implementation as lecture aids in both secondary and tertiary curricula has been assessed. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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