Newsletter: Using Computers in Chemical Education Fall 2001

ACS Division of Chemical Education :--Committee on Computers in Chemical Education

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Our leadoff article by Michael J. Sanger shows us some of the animaions he has created and shares with us the problems and successes using them with students.

'I will review the research on the use of computer animations in chemistry instruction and summarize what we have learned so far. Before I do that, however, I will explain why computer animations were incorporated into the chemistry classroom and why they were expected to be an useful instructional tool. '

Michael J. Sanger
Department of Chemistry
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0423


Multimedia Tutorial #6

Harry E.Pence

SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY

Harry continues his series on how to make our lecture presentations more interesting and effective. 'The use of color in chemistry lectures has become so common and convenient that it is easy to forget that about 12 million Americans, most of whom are male, suffer from some form of color blindness. Red or green color blindness is most common and since it involves the X chromosome, it is much more common in men than in women. '




Review by Editor
Chemistry Department
Union County College
Cranford, NJ 07016
Flash 5, available for a free demo from Macromedia, is the latest version for creating animated Web material.  Having some experience with other Macromedia products, Dreamweaver, Director, etc., I was hoping to be able to use the program with a minimum of fuss.  The interface is similar to the other Macromedia products and I enthusiastically jumped into creating an animation I had planned to do in Director.




Brian Pankuch
Chemistry Department
Union County College
Cranford, NJ 07016

I was the web advisor for Tom Spiro’s course on the Chemistry of the Environment during Spring 2001.  Tom decided to use a lot of expertise available at Princeton, so many of the lectures were given by top environmental researchers. Some on work that hasn’t been published yet.  Unfortunately I was teaching my own courses when most of the talks were given but the ones I was able to attend were very informative. In particular Mario Molina, Nobel Prize in chemistry 1995 for work on stratospheric ozone, painted a historical picture of what life was like in the early 1900’s without refrigeration.



SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY

Almost every one is aware that there has been a high shake-up in the world. Many technology and Internet companies have cut staff or even gone into bankruptcy. According to a story being passed around on the Internet, "If you bought $1,000 worth of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49. If you bought $1,000 worth of Budweiser (the beer, not the stock) one year ago, drank all the beer, and traded in the cans for the nickel deposit, you would have $79. My advice to you is to start drinking heavily." For those of us who did not invest heavily in the tech bubble, it is important to know what effect these changes have had on the WWW search engines.


Animations in an Instrumental Methods

Chemistry Class?

Thomas G. Chasteen

Department of Chemistry
Sam Houston State University

Tom has an amazing collection of animations he has created and considerable experience in using them with students. He also makes them available to us, just ask.....'So once we get over the fear of requiring our students to get as involved as possible with modern computers in their chemistry courses, using computers to help teach specific topics is a natural extension. In my senior-level instrumental analysis course I use animations inside and outside of the course to teach instrumental techniques or particularly important or conceptually difficult points.'