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ERIC Number: EJ1202244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Modeling Chemical Reactions with the Gaussian Gun
Elliott, Leslie Atkins; Sippola, Elizabeth; Watkins, Jeffrey
Journal of Chemical Education, v96 n1 p100-103 Jan 2019
In this article, we describe how the Gaussian Gun, a simple configuration of magnets and ball bearings, can be leveraged to connect ideas from physics to representations and ideas that are central to chemistry and challenging for students to learn. In particular, we show how the Gaussian Gun, an arrangement of ball bearings and magnets, models much of the physics behind chemical bonds and exothermic reactions, and develops students' understanding of reaction maps.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A