Design of a structure model set for inorganic compounds based on ping-pong balls linked with snap buttons

Ryo Horikoshi, Hiroyuki Higashino, Yoji Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kageyama

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Abstract

Structure model sets for inorganic compounds are generally expensive; their distribution to all students in a class is therefore usually impractical. We have therefore developed a structure model set to illustrate inorganic compounds. The set is constructed with inexpensive materials: Ping-pong balls, and snap buttons. The structure model set can be used to illustrate isomerism in coordination compounds and periodic structures of ceramic perovskites. A hands-on activity using the structure model set was developed for high school students and was well-received by them. Despite the concepts being slightly advanced for them, the students' retention of the knowledge gained through the activity was tested a week after they completed the activity and was found to be relatively high, demonstrating the usefulness of the activity based on the structure model set.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-301
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry Teacher International
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

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