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The Atom is a new way to teach, test and learn about the discovery of the inner workings of atoms.
The Atom is the fourth in an interactive series of learning programs that combine theory, labs and videos to teach Science Concepts (SciCo). SciCo is ideal for the home schooled or independent learner and for enriching students who want to expand their understanding of chemistry. Teachers with access to a computer lab may use The Atom to enhance the classroom experience.
If you want to learn the basics of Chemistry better than anyone else? Use SciCo.
The Atom includes 36 pages of problems and activities. Several simulations, from the scanning tunneling microscope to the gold foil experiment to the formation of molecular bonds help students to visualize experiments that would be far to expensive, time consuming or just plain impossible.
Introduction to Atomic Structure
Scanning Tunneling Microscope
How Large is an Atom?
The Plum Pudding Atom
Plum Pudding Electrolysis
The Gold Foil Experiment
The Bohr Atom
Metallic Nature of the Elements
Valence Shell Electrons
Ionic Bonds - Sodium Chloride I
Ionic Bonds - Sodium Chloride II
Ionic Bonds - Magnesium Chloride I
Ionic Bonds - Magnesium Chloride II
Electron Dot Diagrams
Electron Dots, Diatomics and Ions
Electron Dots, Ions and Multivalence
Electron Pair Repulsion Theory
Ionic, Polar and Nonpolar Bonds
Polar and Nonpolar Molecules
Atomic Mass and Neutrons
Counting Subatomic Particles
Protons Neutrons Electrons
The Quantum Atom
The Atom is a rich learning experience that gives students experience in the creative experiments that have been used to uncover the subatomic structure. There are over 1000 problems to be solved and feedback is immediate. Students can work at their own pace and repeat the material until they are satisfied with their results. The testing and evaluation is in the process. No need for memorizing all of the facts presented for a summary test. The assumption is that the students learn enough by doing, and experience shows an increased retention and understanding of the material, together with an increased breadth of learning. This idea of combining the learning with the evaluation frees the teacher to present much more material including history and interesting ideas, labs and technologies without the expectation that the detail has to be absorbed to the level of repeating onto a written test. This exposure technique makes the learning process much more interesting and enjoyable.
If you want more information on how SciCo works, there are two resources for learning how to use SciCo. These are available for free on my Teachers Pay Teachers site. They are:
• Introducing SciCo
- a short video on how to use SciCo
- a version of the SciCo program that teaches the user how to use SciCo and allows you to check that the program will work on your computer.
There are three earlier sections in the ChemCo series:
Introduction to Chemistry
These are available at my SciCo site on Teachers Pay Teachers.
For more information you can also check out: www.scico.ca