Using spreadsheets in chemical education to avoid symbolic mathematics.

Lim, Kieran 2003, Using spreadsheets in chemical education to avoid symbolic mathematics., Newsletter: Using computers in chemical education, Spring, pp. 1-14.

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Title Using spreadsheets in chemical education to avoid symbolic mathematics.
Author(s) Lim, Kieran
Journal name Newsletter: Using computers in chemical education
Season Spring
Start page 1
End page 14
Publisher American Chemical Society
Place of publication Washington D.C.
Publication date 2003
Keyword(s) physical chemistry
quantum mechanics / Schrödinger equation
mathematics in chemistry education
computer-aided instruction
spreadsheet
teaching/learning aids
Summary Traditionally, quantum theory has traditionally relied heavily on the use of  mathematics. However, there is a significant cohort of students who are  weak in mathematics, for example, students who are majoring in   biochemistry, biological sciences, etc. This paper reports on the use of  spreadsheets to generate approximate numerical solutions and visual  (graphical) descriptions as a method of avoiding or minimizing symbolic  manipulations, mathematical derivations and numerical computation. A  specific example from quantum theory is provided. Some aspects of  educational pedagogy of spreadsheet usage are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 030701 Quantum Chemistry
HERDC Research category M Media article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30015258

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