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ERIC Number: EJ921294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using Molecular Representations to Aid Student Understanding of Stereochemical Concepts
Abraham, Michael; Varghese, Valsamma; Tang, Hui
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n12 p1425-1429 Dec 2010
Stereochemistry is an important topic in organic chemistry. It is also a difficult topic for students to learn. This study investigated the relative effectiveness on students' understanding of three kinds of molecular representations of stereochemistry concepts. Instructional activities compared the use of either: (i) computer-based molecular visualization software; (ii) handheld ball and stick models; or (iii) two-dimensional perspective drawings to represent stereochemical structures. Results showed that computer visualization software could be an effective tool for teaching stereochemistry. (Contains 2 notes and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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