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Sample Student and Teacher Work
Chemsense software and activities have been used by hundreds of California high school students in our five partner high schools, hundreds of undergraduate students at the Univerisity of Michigan, about two dozen high school teachers in summer workshops at Texas A&M and at SRI International, and in a study at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Sample student and teacher work is shown below.

Texas A&M Science Teaching and Learning Center Teacher Workshops
High school teachers in the Structure and Properties of Matter and Chemical Reactions: Molecular Visualization workshop used ChemSense to create animations during the summers of 2001, 2003, and 2003. The workshops focused on developing connections between four levels of understanding of chemical concepts: the macroscopic level, the particle level, the symbolic level, and the mathematical level.

Sample animations created with ChemSense by Texas teachers:
  • An example of dynamic equilibrium (by Hall)
  • Formation of CO2 and NO (by Lassy)
  • Reaction energy (by Rodgers)
  • Formation of NiOH2 (by Brode)

    San Leandro High School
    In the winter of 2000 and spring of 2002 and 2003, San Leandro High School (SLHS) students used ChemSense to investigate and design experiments around the topic of solubility. Students created drawings and animations of their predictions and observations, used PASCO to collect and graph lab data, and viewed and commented on their peers' work in ChemSense.

    Sample animations created with ChemSense by SLHS students:
  • Salt dissolving in water (Group 8)
  • Salt dissolving in water (Group 2)

    Miramonte High School
    Students in ten classrooms at Miramonte High School (MHS) used ChemSense for a variety of activities during the 2002/2003 school year. For example, students animated H2O molecules as they changed phase from a solid to a liquid to a gas, with a graph indicating the temperature at each point in the animation. From pre- to post-test, students showed marked improvement in their ability to create detailed and accurate representations of H2O molecules in the solid, liquid, and gaseous phases.

    Sample animations created with ChemSense by MHS students:
  • Water phase change (Group 11)
  • Water phase change (Group 12)
  • Water phase change (Group 13)

    Antioch High School
    Students at Antioch High School (AHS) used ChemSense for a variety of activities during the 2002/2003 school year. Activities included the topics of hybridization, kinetics, and electro chemistry.

    Sample animations created with ChemSense by AHS students:
  • Hybridization Group 1
  • Hybridization Group 2
  • 2H2 + O2 "Rain dance"
  • Crystal Violet Kinetics
  • Electro Chemistry

    University of Michigan
    In fall 2000, 2001, 2002, and spring 2003, students in Chem 210 SSG at the University of Michigan (UM) used ChemSense for a variety of activities. For example, students classified a subset of given compounds through investigations of bond strength. Students selected triads of compounds to examine the structure-reactivity relationship, reviewed their peers' design proposals, collected lab data, and created static and animated versions of their predicted reactions in ChemSense.

    Sample animations created with ChemSense by UM students:
  • Rate of solvolysis in water of 2-iodo-2-methylpropane
  • Formation of Scopadulcic Acid

    University of Twente, The Netherlands
    Pre-university students from four schools participated in a study by J.H. (Han) Vermaat to examine the use of animations in chemistry education. The processes of melting of ice and dissolving of salt were investigated, and presented at the AECT 2003 Annual Conference as well as the Gordon Research Conference in Visualization and Science Education.

    Sample animation created with ChemSense by Dr. Vermaat:
  • Melting ice (1.8 MB, may take awhile to download)
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