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A game of nuts and bolts designed to help students discover chemical kinetics

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A selection from The Science Teacher—October 2013

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  • on Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:49 PM

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)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

  • on Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:04 PM

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.

Pamela A
Pamela A

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