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How can non-polar molecules be attracted to one another? Introduce the phenomenon of London dispersion forces to young chemists through an entertaining interactive. Pupils choose from a variety of molecular shape combinations, then pull on the molecules to see the strength of the intermolecular force that holds them close.
- Give the class some simple materials, such as toothpicks, clay, and string, and have them create physical representations of the molecules in the resource
- To assess their understanding, ask learners to describe the outcome of the test they run on each pair of molecules
- Discuss the inner workings of London forces before launching the resource
- Interactive also depicts molecules re-attaching if they are moved closer together after separation, making it more realistic
- The wide variety of shapes helps make London forces more apparent to the user