P736: Computational approaches to topics in general and inorganic chemistry
A number of free computer resources are available for student use that provides hands-on, in-depth exploration of chemical topics. The software enables experimentation with virtual systems that would be difficult and potentially dangerous to attempt in the laboratory. Atomic and molecular level events can be visualized and related to macroscopic observations. Computation of molecular properties can lead students to discover important chemical concepts on their own. Technology allows certain topics to be taught in an entirely different manner. Examples including ideal gas laws, intermolecular forces, acid-base titrations, bonding type, and molecular geometry will be demonstrated and discussed.