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ERIC Number: EJ943642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using Role-Playing Game Dice to Teach the Concepts of Symmetry
Grafton, Anthony K.
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n9 p1281-1282 Sep 2011
Finding and describing the location of symmetry elements in complex objects is often a difficult skill to learn. Introducing the concepts of symmetry using high-symmetry game dice is one way of helping students overcome this difficulty in introductory physical chemistry classes. The dice are inexpensive, reusable, and come in a variety of shapes and can be painted to reduce their symmetry. Because the dice have index numbers on sides or vertices, they can provide a uniform frame of reference for students and instructors. The hands-on activities using the dice can be done in class, as a dry lab, or as an out-of-class assignment. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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