Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Defining Collision Theory - Section 3: Whole Class Notes


I'm always trying to find ways to make the nanoscale interactions of particles visual for students, and this came to me while my 2nd period students were writing down their notes and I tried it with them.  It was successful, so we used it throughout the day.  Of course, I had left my camera behind that day, so a student was good enough to re-create it with me during finals week.

The key to a good visual analogy is that it has to correspond with as much of the actual nanoscale behavior as possible, but not distract from the actual chemistry.  The handshake as activated complex was quick, easy and many students stated it helped them remember the concept on the quizzes and tests.

  Visual Analogies
  Diverse Entry Points: Visual Analogies
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Defining Collision Theory

Unit 5: Kinetics and Equilibrium
Lesson 2 of 17

Objective: SWBAT define the collision theory of reactions and explain activation energy and activation complexes.

Big Idea: Chemical reactions only occur when molecules collide with sufficient energy and proper orientation.

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Science, Chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics
  42 minutes
collision theory
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