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Overview and Learning Objectives
Central Concepts
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Self-Assembly (Demo model)

Interactive model, with minimal support

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Overview and Learning Objectives

Users may heat and cool and change the charge on a set of small particles that can self-assemble.

Students will be able to:

  • identify and manipulate two key characteristics of molecules that allow them to self-assemble;
  • describe the effect of temperature on self-assembly;
  • give examples of the effect of molecular shape on the larger structures built by self-assembly.

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Central Concepts

Key Concept:

Many functions of living cells are made possible by the spontaneous organization of molecules of various types in an amazingly accurate way. This is called self-assembly. Self-assembly is considered a promising nano-assembly.

Additional Related Concepts

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Molecular Biology

  • Self-assembly

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Textbook References

  • Cell Biology (Pollard and Earnshaw) Saunders 2002 - Chapter Four: Macromolecular AAssembly
  • Cell Biology (Pollard and Earnshaw) Saunders 2002 - Chapter One: General Principles of Cellular Organization

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Benchmarks and Standards

NSES

  • Physical-Science: Matter Structure/Properties - 4 The physical properties of compounds reflect the nature of the interactions (Full Text of Standard)

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Activity Credits

Created by CC Project: Molecular Logic using Molecular Workbench

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Requirements

  • Java 1.5+ - Java 1.5+ is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X 10.4 and greater. If you are using Mac OS X 10.3, you can download MW Version 1.3 and explore within it instead.

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These materials are based upon work supported
by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers
9980620, ESI-0242701, EIA-0219345, DUE-0402553, and 0628181.

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