The Virtual Lab. Exploration of chemical concepts using models.

September 14, 2011


Today we will present some ideas for incorporating chemical and biological concepts into the high school science curriculum. We will be focusing on three themes where computational chemistry can aid in the understanding of chemical concepts:

We will be exploring various ways to examine biological and chemical data using both real physical models as well as computer generated ones. We will also suggest lesson plans that basic chemical concepts as well as data exploration.

We will accomplish this by:

  1. Introduction to online resources for computational chemistry (webMO) and visualization.
  2. Introduction to free web accessible databases that let you browse bioinformatic data ( gene sequences and protein structures)
  3. Tools for visualizing protein structures and protein sequence information.
  4. Ideas for Lesson plans that can be used in the classroom using these data resources.



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The TeacherTECH Chemistry series is developed by the Baldridge Group of the Organic Chemistry Institute at the University of Zurich

Dr. Kim Baldridge