Session S51c (Wednesday, 9:30am, Thomas 118)

P738: Using the Molecular Workbench for inquiry at the atomic level: A free tool for running and constructing chemical simulations

Daniel Damelin (Concord Consortium, USA)

The Molecular Workbench (MW), developed by the Concord Consortium with funding from the National Science Foundation, is an extremely flexible system for running and authoring model-based activities and simulations. Dozens of activities and hundreds of models are freely available at http://mw.concord.org, which allow students to explore physical and chemical phenomena. Use the pre-made models and activities with embedded assessments, or create your own. Model authoring is simple enough to allow students to design their own models to explore chemical concepts and understand the roots of various emergent phenomena that result from the collective interactions of atoms and molecules. In this talk we will highlight some of MW modeling abilities, discuss ways to collect student data on model usage and understanding, and explore best-practices for using models to enhance student understanding.

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