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A game of nuts and bolts designed to help students discover chemical kinetics
A selection from The Science Teacher—October 2013
An Algebra teacher might like using the described model as a data collection activity. Working together, with the chemistry teacher would deepen the understanding in both classes of using data to determine a mathematical model. Simple materials often make the best models.
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)
Models in chemistry are often abstract and very difficult for students to grasp. What tangible experience have students had with atoms and molecules. This very well designed activity included a concrete model of chemical kinetics. Having students graph the data provides a valuable connection to the rate orders. This would be an excellent pre-lab activity to introduce chemical kinetics.
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