P960: Teaching the gas laws using Atoms in Motion

Author: Rebecca M. Jones, George Mason University, USA

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Date: 8/7/14

Time: 9:35 AM9:55 AM

Room: LMH 176

Related Symposium: S55

Using iPads in the general chemistry classroom has been shown to be a powerful tool for promoting student engagement. In Fall 2013, I integrated iPad applications into a service course entitled Chemistry 251: Chemistry for Engineers at George Mason University. A fundamental topic in general chemistry, the gas laws are often taught with static pictures of pistons and sealed containers. I employed a new way to introduce the relationships present in gas samples using an iPad application called Atoms in Motion. The app offers a uniquely interactive means to safely and easily interact with a molecular mechanics simulation of gas samples. In this presentation, I will describe the specific topics I introduced with the Atoms in Motion app as well as how I integrated the activity into my traditional lectures at various times in the semester. This alternative method of observing gaseous behavior and presenting gas laws will be of interest to collegiate and high school faculty.