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298
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Introduction to Modeling (SAM) (a 7 page activity)

Interactive, scaffolded model

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  • 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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Overview and Learning Objectives

This introduces key characteristics of 2D and 3D models as they are created and used in the Molecular Workbench Software. It ranges from 2D modeling of a superball to roving through 3-D molecules.

Students will be able to:

•manipulate the controls of MW models (including energy and velocity, air friction, elasticity, gravitational field, and will be able to take snapshots and annotate them;

•describe the utility of using the computer to model;

•consider differences in 2D and 3D modeling.

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Central Concepts

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Additional Related Concepts

Physics/Chemistry

  • Elasticity
  • Kinetic energy
  • Kinetic motion
  • Velocity

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Activity Credits

Created by CC Project: SAM and CC: Molecular Literacy and CC: Science of Atoms and Molecules 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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