ERIC Number: EJ1073049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Using the Plan View to Teach Basic Crystallography in General Chemistry
Cushman, Cody V.; Linford, Matthew R.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n8 p1415-1418 Aug 2015
The plan view is used in crystallography and materials science to show the positions of atoms in crystal structures. However, it is not widely used in teaching general chemistry. In this contribution, we introduce the plan view, and show these views for the simple cubic, body-centered cubic, face-centered cubic, hexagonal close packed, CsCl, NaCl, diamond cubic, ZnS, and CaF[subscript 2] unit cells. A survey administered to college-level general chemistry students indicates that the plan view helps them to better understand crystal structures.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Fundamental Concepts, Concept Teaching, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Nuclear Physics, Molecular Structure, College Science, Inorganic Chemistry, Student Reaction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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