You are provided, for FREE, the first of 21 computer animations/simulations from PinnacleScience, Inc. which were designed to provide your students with a clearer understanding of various conceptual ideas in Chemistry, Physics, and General Science. The animations/simulations can be purchased individually or as a bundled set (see my store on TeachersPayTeachers at PinnacleScience for significant savings).
As a veteran Chemistry and Physics teacher, I sought to construct a simple and useful (for students and teachers) set of computer animations/ simulations intended to provide my own students with a clear mental image of the many abstract concepts found in science. Through a combination of multimedia files and supporting documentation (including answer keys), this program has been successful throughout dozens of school districts and hundreds of individual students.
“Dimensional Analysis” is composed of an exceptionally easy-to-use computer animation and accompanying workbook. Teachers have found success using the simulation as an effective teaching tool on classroom computers, SmartBoards, and in computer labs. Individual students have used this simulation on home computers to help clarify classroom lessons and as review for quizzes and tests.
The simulation illustrates and reinforces the usefulness of the “factor-label” method and walks students through the mechanics of applying dimensional analysis (factor-label method) for unit conversions. A step-by-step process is employed to help foster an understanding of how easy and effective this process is for unit conversions – starting from simple monetary conversions up to the more involved “mass-mole-volume” conversions found in Chemistry. The animation can easily be incorporated into a classroom lesson and allows for quick and effective review by the students on their own.
The .pdf file is a 26-page manual consisting of necessary vocabulary, a brief overview of the animation, a step-by-step walk through of the animation (so students can use the animation on their own in school), multiple practice questions, and answer key.
The software is downloaded from TpT as a single “.zip” file which, when extracted, yields the Adobe Flash file (.swf) and a “.pdf” file for supporting documentation.
The simulation will run on either a PC or Mac and there is NO installation of any computer files onto your computer (no need to bother the IT people in your school). The simulation runs as free-standing Adobe Flash file (.swf) within any web browser. It could not be any easier!!!
In order to run the simulation, simply drag the file (DIMENSIONAL_ANALYSIS.swf) from whatever folder it is saved directly into your web-browser window and that’s it – the animation start automatically!!!