ERIC Number: EJ1032428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Computational Chemistry Activities to Promote Learning and Retention in a Secondary School General Chemistry Setting
Ochterski, Joseph W.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n6 p817-822 Jun 2014
This article describes the results of using state-of-the-art, research-quality software as a learning tool in a general chemistry secondary school classroom setting. I present three activities designed to introduce fundamental chemical concepts regarding molecular shape and atomic orbitals to students with little background in chemistry, such as one might find in a secondary school or first-year college chemistry course for nonmajors. Pilot studies employing the Shapes of Molecules and Atomic Orbitals activities demonstrate that students learn and retain key concepts.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Secondary School Science, High Schools, Scientific Concepts, Molecular Structure, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Science Activities, Computation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; High Schools
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