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The Chemistry Games, Labs, & Demos software is a set of tutorials, labs, demonstrations, and games on basic chemistry topics. The screen shot above shows the main menu, where each piece of individual software, or multimedia module, can be run. A brief description of each software module is given below.
The software is downloaded as a Zip file. Unzip all of the files which will consist of an exe file, several file folders, and this file. When run, this exe file will install the Chemistry Games, Labs, & Demos software onto your computer. The three folders include the experiment handouts and other files for the Gas Laws Lab, the Ideal Gas Law Simulator, and Equilibrium Simulator modules. There is also a notes file in each of these folders.
PC running Windows XP or later
Word or PDF reader
NAME THAT ELEMENT GAME
In the Name That Element Game, students play three games designed to help them learn the 51 most common element names and symbols. In the falling elements game, they must shoot the correct symbol that matches the given name. In the matching elements game, they must match the symbols to the correct name. And in the identify the elements game, they must match up a list of element names with a list of interesting and unusual information about those elements.
ATOMIC NUMBERS GAME
In the Atomic Numbers Game, students are given some information and must find either the atomic number, the atomic mass, or the number of electrons, protons, or neutrons. They are given 60 seconds for each round to do so.
CHEMICAL FORMULAS GAME
Students can practice naming chemical formulas in two game formats. The first format is a matching game where students must match the name with the correct formula. The second format is a shooting game where students are given the name and must shoot the correct formula. The final shooting game requires the students to shoot only the ionic and not the molecular compounds. This module covers naming of basic ionic, molecular, and simple acids.
BALANCING EQUATIONS CHALLENGE
This tutorial includes a brief history of the conservation of mass, step by step instructions and strategies on balancing equations, and a set of 40 problems (in four sets of ten) of increasing difficulty. A score is kept for each of the four sets of problems.
GAS LAWS LAB
The Gas Laws Lab software is a set of three experiments using a computer simulation of a gas moving in a closed container exploring relationships between the three variables of volume, pressure, and temperature. Students take data from simulations for three experiments: P versus V, P versus T, and V versus T, place data into data tables, and graph each of the data sets.
A lab write up and key are included in both Word (.doc) and PDF (.pdf) formats. The lab write up includes pre-lab questions, procedures and data tables for the three labs, questions analyzing the graphs for each of the three labs, and several follow up questions.
IDEAL GAS LAW SIMULATOR
The Ideal Gas Law Simulation software simulates gas molecules in a chamber where the four variables of temperature, pressure, volume, and the number of moles can be changed and measured. Two variables at a time are selected and one can be varied while the other can be measured. The molecules can be seen bouncing around the chamber and can be seen to change speed while the chamber top moves as the volume changes.
The lab handout includes five experiments which lead students through the derivation of Boyle’s law, Charle’s law, Gay-Lussac’s law, the ideal gas law, the value of the ideal gas constant, and the value of absolute zero temperature. Each experiment includes a number of questions and asks students to make and evaluate graphs of gas law variables.
DROPPING IONS GAME
The Dropping Ions Game software allows students to both learn and practice their knowledge of the charges on the most common chemical ions in a fun way.
In the game, tiles with the ion symbols fall from the top of the screen and can be moved right or left. Students must maneuver the tiles such that a row of five have a combined charge of zero. Whenever a row is completed, it disappears, making room for more rows. At the end of the game students get a score which they get to compare with a high score table of other student's results.
The Equilibrium Simulator illustrates visually, using colored molecules for both reactants A and B and products C and D, the process of a reaction moving towards equilibrium. Included are four experiments which utilize four variations of the simulation. The simulation allows different equations of the form A + B = C + D and different concentrations of reactants and products at the start of the reaction. In the experiments, students derive the equilibrium constant equation and Le Chatelier’s Principles for concentration, temperature, and pressure. Answer keys are provided for each experiment.
The following labs or demos are sold separately:
Gas Laws Lab
Dropping Ions Game
Atomic Numbers Game
Chemical Formulas Game
Name That Element Game
Ideal Gas Laws Lab
Purchaser may install software on one computer at school, one computer at home, and 10 or less in their classroom for use by purchaser and their students only. By buying a second license, purchaser may install software on one computer at home, one computer at school, and all computers in their classroom for use by purchaser and their students only. For computer lab installation or school site licenses, please contact Multimedia Science at firstname.lastname@example.org