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The Atomsmith® Classroom's Discovery-Based Curriculum for Self-Learners

The Atomsmith® Classroom of Molecular Exploration integrates high school and introductory-college level chemistry, math and technology curriculum with interactive 3D molecular simulation and visualization technologies. This computer-driven instruction lends itself well to learning outside of the typical classroom. Atomsmith allows self-learners, and those schooling at home, to actively conduct lab-type experiments at the molecular level and to “discover” many chemical and mathematical concepts -- rather than just read about them.

The Atomsmith Classroom's curriculum features a broad array of interactive visuals that range from an atomic theory timeline, to 3D models of the atom to bonding orbitals to simulations of ideal andreal gases. (Note: Screencasts may take a moment to load.) These visuals are accessed through Atomsmith's various "labs."

The best way to get to know Atomsmith is to see it in action. If you’re new to Atomsmith, take a look at the curriculum summaries and screen casts below to see what a valuable and inspiring tool it can be. EachCurriculum Unit comprises a set of virtual Experiments and interactive Lessons that lead you through sequences of:

  • Motivating content (text, web links, animations and videos) that ties to and builds on the curriculum
  • Step-by-step Experiment Procedures
  • Recording data and Observations
  • Responding to questions that are designed to stimulate “discovery”
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Journaling, to track the development of your ideas and knowledge (This is part of the scientific method -- tracking your growth in knowledge and understanding. If you can explain it, you understand it.)

Click the links below to learn more about each of the current Atomsmith Curriculum Units:

Curriculum Unit
(click to see a description)
Screencast
(requires Quicktime)
(click to view)
pdf Description
(click to download)
Introducing The Atomsmith Classroom
Atomic Structure
Periodic Trends
Molecular Structure – Chemical Bonding
Molecular Structure – VSEPR
Phases of Matter – Gases
Chemical Reactions
Note: The screencasts may take a moment to load.

 

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