Compute to Learn

Designing Interactive, Computer-Based Demonstrations of Physical Chemistry Concepts

The goal of this project is to develop protocols, tutorials, and templates that would allow for undergraduate students to develop Mathematica-based demonstrations of physical chemistry concepts. The proposed activities will take place within the Chem 260 Honors Studio (Chem260H), a weekly, supplemental, peer-led studio environment in which students collaborate to create instructional resources for the Chem 260 course. Such an environment provides students with the opportunity to engage in creative forms of active learning while acquiring familiarity with a widely used and highly versatile software package. Furthermore, the Compute-To-Learn pedagogy will engage students in authentic scientific practices as they construct their demonstrations. During the course of the semester students will (1) participate in tutorials and training related to Mathematica software, (2) research, propose, and pitch original ideas for demonstrations, (3) workshop the idea during design and production stages, and finally, (4) submit the final product to external review prior to publication and dissemination on the Wolfram Demonstrations Project website.

Project Team

Eitan Geva, College of Literature, Science and the Arts

Heidi Hendrickson, College of Literature, Science and the Arts