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ERIC Number: EJ920333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A Mechanical Apparatus for Hands-On Experience with the Morse Potential
Everest, Michael A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n10 p1071-1073 Oct 2010
A simple pulley apparatus is described that gives the student hands-on experience with the Morse potential. Students develop an internalized sense of what a covalent bond would feel like if atoms in a molecule could be manipulated by hand. This kinesthetic learning enhances the student's understanding and intuition of several chemical phenomena. Possible learning objectives for different levels of chemistry instruction (from high school through upper-division undergraduate physical chemistry) are discussed. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A