Organic Formulae 2

Is your chemistry class frustrated by the multitude of representations of organic molecules? Add some challenging puzzles to an otherwise ho-hum organic lesson and let the fun begin! The second of a two-part activity focused on basic hydrocarbon formulas adds skeletal formulas to the mix.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the interactive to incorporate the skeletal formula of basic hydrocarbons into an organic lesson
  • Ask the class to create their own puzzles using similar information for other simple hydrocarbons
Classroom Considerations
  • Schedule time in the computer lab so each student can complete the activity
  • A brief introduction to the concept of skeletal formulas before beginning the lesson would be helpful
  • Supportive teacher's guide includes an answer key and the puzzles in print form
  • Users relate several different representations of each hydrocarbon during the lesson, which helps build a well-rounded background in organic chemistry
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