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The Compounds is a new way to teach, test and learn about the ionic and molecular compounds in a single computer program.
The Compounds is the third 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 students who want to expand their understanding of science. Teachers with access to a computer lab may use The Compounds to enhance the classroom experience. Want to learn the subject better than anyone else? Use SciCo.
The Compounds includes labs. problems and activities. Topics include:
Introduction to Compounds
Elements and Compounds
Symbols and Formulas
Binary Ionic Compounds
Ternary Ionic Compounds
Determining Formulas of Ionic Compounds
Predicting Formulas of Ionic Compounds
Neutral Ionic Compounds
Predicting Binary Ionic Compounds
More Ionic Formulas
Predicting Formulas of Ternary Ionic Compounds
Acids, Bases and Salts
Periodic Patterns in Ion Charges
Ionic Compounds Review
Challenging Ionic Compounds
Predicting Molecular Compounds
Common Compounds and Formulas
The Compounds is a rich learning experience that gives students experience in the theory and writing of chemical formulas. Feedback is immediate and the material can be repeated until the students 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
• Using 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 two 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