COMPUTER AIDED LEARNING

There are Computer Aided Learning tutorials available in the Intel Chemistry Computer Laboratory and the Dell Chemistry Computer Laboratory for First Year Students during each term. These tutorials were designed, written and compiled at UCC using the precise material covered in the appropriate 1997/98 First Year lectures. Some of the material covered in lectures has changed slightly since writing of these tutorials. Please refer to the summaries below. Each module has a Multiple Choice Questions test included.

These Computer Aided Learning tutorials are also available free for downloading and running on home computers. Before downloading the individual modules, please download the parent application (in zipped format). It is advisable, though not required, to create a new folder for the tutorials and the parent application. To run the tutorials double-click the parent application and select one of the tutorials from the list of file names. The software is compatible with Windows 95/98/me/2000/XP.

There are 9 Inorganic, 8 Physical and 7 Organic Chemistry tutorials currently available. These tutorials compliment the text-book "Connectivities in Introductory Inorganic Chemistry", written by B. Murphy, C. Murphy and B.J. Hathaway, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, 1998 (ISBN 0 85404 553 8).:

Introductory Inorganic Chemistry CAL Tutorials:

1. The Mole:
Materials - States of Matter - Element and Compounds - Law of Constant Composition - Law of Conservation of Mass - The Mole - Avogadro's Number - Empirical and Molecular Formula - Molarity - Multiple-Choice Questions. File name: bohr.app

2. Volumetric Calculations 1:
Types of Reaction - Acid/Base - Precipitation - Redox - Given Stoichiometry - Volumetric Calculations - Molarity - Volume/Weight - Working Method. File name: vol1.app

4. Structure of the Atom
Structure of the Atom - Dalton, Thomson and Rutherford Models - Atomic Number - Atomic Weights - Isotopes - Multiple-Choice Questions. File name: atom.app

5. The Bohr Theory and the Periodic Table of Elements
Bohr Model of the Atom - Four Quantum Numbers - Electron Configuration of the Atom - Electron Shells - Shapes of Orbitals - Wave Nature of the Electron - Wave Functions, Radial and Angular Parts - Many Electron Atoms - Hund's Rules of Maximum Multiplicity - Build-Up Process - Periodic Table of Elements - s, p and d Blocks - Long Form of the Periodic Table - Multiple-Choice Questions.  File name: bohr.app

6. Physical Properties
Effective Nuclear Charge - Ionisation Energy - Electron Affinity - Covalent and Ionic Radii - Electronegativity - Orbital Energies and Promotional Energies - Multiple-Choice Questions. File name: pp.app

7. Chemical Properties
Group Oxidation Number - Inert Gas Core - 8-electron Configuration - V-Type Diagrams - Group Oxidation State Variable Valency - Ligands - [Mn(OH2)6]2+ - Oxyanions - Multiple-Choice Questions. File name: chemprop.app

8. Lewis Structures
Lewis Structures - Working Method - Worked Examples - Formal Charge - Oxyanions.

9. V.S.E.P.R. Theory and Hybridisation
Valence State Electron Pair Repulsion Theory - Application of Molecules, Anions and Cations of Main-Group Elements - Molecules with Lone Pairs - Oxyanions - Working Method.

10. Features of Interest - Predictable Chemistry
Predictable Chemistry - Spider Diagrams - Working Method - Worked Examples - PCl5, NH4+, SO42-etc. How to Write an Essay.

 

Introductory Physical Chemistry CAL Tutorials:

1. Thermodynamics 1:
Introduction to the First Law of Thermodynamics - Hess's Law -Working Method - Worked Example - Student Question - Related Question - Multiple-Choice Questions.

2. Thermodynamics 2:
Introduction to the Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics - Enthalpy, Entropy and Gibbs Free Energy -Working Method - Worked Example - Student Question - Related Question - Multiple-Choice Questions.

3. Equilibrium 1:
Introduction to Chemical Equilibria -Working Method - Worked Example - Student Question - Aqueous Solution Equilibria - pH Problems - Related Question - Multiple-Choice Questions.

4. Equilibrium 2:
Buffer Solutions - Working Method - Worked Example - Student Question - Solubility Product - Related Question - Multiple-Choice Questions.

5. Kinetics 1:
Introduction to Chemical Kinetics - Order of a Reation - Specific Rate Constant - Partial Orders - Working Method - Worked Example - Student Question - Related Question - Multiple-Choice Questions.

6. Kinetics 2:
The Arrhenius Equation - Graphical Examination Question - Working Method: Plotting a Graph - Worked Example - Student Question - Related Question - Multiple-Choice Questions.

7. Electrochemistry 1:
Introduction to Electrochemistry - Galvanic Cells - Types of Electrodes - Nernst Equation - Working Method - Worked Example - Student Question - Related Question - Multiple-Choice Questions.

8. Electrochemistry 2:
Introduction to Electrolysis - Electrolytic Cells and Faraday's Laws of Electrolysis - Working Method - Worked Example - Student Question - Related Question - Multiple-Choice Questions.

Introductory Organic Chemistry CAL Tutorials:

The organic CAL tutorials require a different parent application to run the modules. Download the modules and organic parent application into a different folder to the inorganic/physical modules.

1. Introduction to Organic Chemistry:
Organic Functional Groups - Molecular and Empirical Formulae - Degree of Unsaturation - Nomenclature - Shape - Hybridisation - Functional Group Chemistry - 8 Questions.

2. Functional Groups:
Organic Functional Groups - Molecular and Empirical Formulae - Degree of Unsaturation - Nomenclature - Shape - Hybridisation - Functional Group Chemistry - 8 Further Graded Questions.

3. Chemistry of the Alkanes:
Introduction to the Hydrocarbons and the Alkanes - Multiple-Choice Questions.

4. Chemistry of the Alkenes and the Alkynes:
Introduction to the Alkenes and the Alkynes - Alkyl Halides - Mechanism of Nucleophilic Reactions - Multiple-Choice Questions.

5. Chemistry of the Alcohols and the Alkyl Halides:
Introduction to the Alcohols and the Alkyl Halides - Multiple-Choice Questions.

6. Chemistry of the Carbonyl Compounds:
The Chemistry of the Carbonyl Compounds - Aldehydes, Ketones, Carboxylic Acids and Carboxylic Acid Chlorides - Multiple-Choice Questions.

7. Organic Stereochemistry:
Isomers - Stereoisomers - Saw-Horse and Newman Projections - Staggered and Eclipsed Conformations - Fischer Projections - Cyclohexane - Chair and Boat Conformations - Multiple-Choice Questions.

If you have any problems regarding downloading or running of these CAL tutorials please contact intel@ucc.ie.

Last modified: 09.05.2002 /mj

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