Reflection: Modeling Build an Atom - Section 3: Computer Simulation


For my students, providing visual models and images is essential in developing understanding of the invisible, subatomic realm.  While computer simulations are no replacement for strong mental models, they provide outstanding scaffolding to let students connect terms to pictures that they can mentally recall.

For my ELL and ESL students, the use of imagery is one of the most successful strategies I have come across to help them connect course terminology in general with their understandings.  Even if the term "mass" is unfamiliar to students, the visual image of the electronic balance helps students relate the concept to weight and opens a pathway to understanding what they are seeing.

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Build an Atom

Unit 1: Atomic Structure
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: SWBAT use the properties of subatomic particles to determine the properties of an atom based upon the number of each type of particle.

Big Idea: Using computer simulations to build our understanding of the atom.

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