This material contains simulations on many topics in general chemistry. Topics range from the Periodic Table, ionic compounds, pH scale, and acid-base properties of water (introductory topics) to titration curves, concentration dependence in reactions, buffer solutions, and the ideal gas law (moderately difficult topics) to the Classium-Clapyron equation, molecular fluxionality in molecular bonding theory, and atomic absorption and emission spectra (advance topics). These simulations can be used by students independently or as teacher demonstrations.
Type of Material:
These simulations are a good supplemental teaching and learning tool for a general chemistry class. Can be used for middle level through university.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
• the student will develop a deeper understanding of quantitative and qualitative perspectives on topics in general chemistry
• the student will be able to accurately identify introductory, moderately difficult, and advance topics in chemistry
• the learner will easily and accurately calculate simple and complex mathematical chemical variables and terms
• teachers will be able to incorporate many complex reactions and concepts into their classroom teaching previously prohibited by availability of instrumentation and safety concerns
Target Student Population:
middle school, high school and undergraduate students; 5-8th grade teachers of science
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Users of these simulations need to know basic chemistry.
Evaluation and Observation
Very comprehensive survey of general and inorganic chemistry including the periodic table, atomic electron configurations, limiting reactants, titrations and titration curves, the second law of thermodynamics and the nomenclature of alkanes are particularly noteworthy.
Students must have some basic knowledge before using this simulator. It cannot be used in a stand-alone fashion for teaching or learning. Reviewers disagreed as to whether the simulations would be appropriate for middle school as suggested.
There may be too great an emphasis on physical chemistry. It would be up to the instructor to make that decision.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This material is very effective for use in demonstrations in the classroom to supplement the text and laboratory experiences
It is also an effective review for chemistry majors
There are no specific goals identified except that the student can practice. Teachers may not immediately know how to integrate this tool into instruction.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The simulators are very easy to use.
if you are not knowledgeable on the specific topic, the directions are not explicit enough