PAC-MAN Radicals
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PAC-MAN Radicals


PAC-MAN Radicals

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This is a short video animation on radical chain reactions.  The video uses the analogy of PAC-MAN as the radical initiator and is designed to assist students in visualizing radical chain reactions on longer alkane chains.  The video focuses mainly on the initiation and propagation steps in the radical chain reaction mechanism with students being allowed to complete the termination steps at the end of the video.
Material Type: Animation
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: July 15, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: December 20, 2013
Submitter: Albert Russell
Keywords: Termination, Tuskegee University, organic chemistry, chain reactions, Initiation, Propagation, Radicals


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Internet Explorer or equivalent browser, internet connection, YouTube access.
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States


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1 year ago

Albert Russell (Faculty)

I used this video as a part of a "Flipped classroom" experiment that I have been piloting this summer with my organic chemistry class.  They loved it and it helped them to understand the concept of the radical chain reaction. 

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