ERIC Number: EJ1036348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Use of a PhET Interactive Simulation in General Chemistry Laboratory: Models of the Hydrogen Atom
Clark, Ted M.; Chamberlain, Julia M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n8 p1198-1202 Aug 2014
An activity supporting the PhET interactive simulation, Models of the Hydrogen Atom, has been designed and used in the laboratory portion of a general chemistry course. This article describes the framework used to successfully accomplish implementation on a large scale. The activity guides students through a comparison and analysis of the six atomic models presented in the simulation, which provides explicit visual representations of abstract concepts. When used together, the activity and simulation address the important and challenging topic of science as model development, and offer students insight into the nature of science. Survey results indicate a positive response from students for laboratory activities, like this one, that include computer simulations.
Descriptors: Simulation, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Molecular Structure, Chemistry, Models, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Computer Uses in Education, Inquiry, Spectroscopy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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