The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 14
Issue 1 (2009) pp 1-3
Excel Simulations of Games: An Introduction to Kinetics and Equilibrium Concepts
Don Lewis,† Vladimir M. Petruševski,‡* Carlos Alexander Trujillo§
Bandera Texas, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org,† Institute
of Chemistry, Ss.
Cyril & Methodius University, Republic of Macedona, email@example.com‡,
Departamento de Quimica, Universidad National de Columbia, Cuidad Universiaria,
Cra. 30 45-03, Bogotá, Colombia§
Published online: 2 February 2009
Abstract. Basic concepts relating to rate, rate constant, and equilibrium can be taught using games. One drawback in using such games with student-acquired data is the time consumed in performing the game activity. Excel programs using Excel’s random number capabilities can produce game results in the few seconds it takes to scroll through the data for a view of the averaged results, graphs and empirical equations describing some aspect of the game. Four games are described. Excel programs used to simulate the four games are provided in the supporting material.
Key Words: In the Classroom; general chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium
(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Supporting Materials:The four Excel files referring to each of the games discussed are included as supporting material (22 KB).
Issue date: February