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ERIC Number: EJ918551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Teaching Three-Dimensional Structural Chemistry Using Crystal Structure Databases. 2. Teaching Units that Utilize an Interactive Web-Accessible Subset of the Cambridge Structural Database
Battle, Gary M.; Allen, Frank H.; Ferrence, Gregory M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n8 p813-818 Aug 2010
A series of online interactive teaching units have been developed that illustrate the use of experimentally measured three-dimensional (3D) structures to teach fundamental chemistry concepts. The units integrate a 500-structure subset of the Cambridge Structural Database specially chosen for their pedagogical value. The units span a number of key chemical concepts (aromaticity, ring strain and conformation, stereochemistry and chirality, VSEPR, and hapticity) and guide students via a Web-based interface to visualize and interact with a diverse range of molecules. The units were designed to help students develop a visual understanding of 3D chemical structure and gain an appreciation of the unique advantages afforded by working with experimentally measured data. (Contains 10 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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