Arloon Chemistry - Laboratory of compounds | Apps for the classroom

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Interact with 3-D chemical compounds, advanced concepts.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the structure and naming of binary and ternary chemical compounds. They can learn about oxides, peroxides, hydrides, binary salts, hydracids, hydroxides, ternary salts, oxyanions, and oxoacids. Exercises test teens' abilities to pair a chemical formula with the chemical names of compounds, and the augmented-reality feature helps them visualize what they're studying. Though it's definitely for a more advanced student of science, Arloon Chemistry - Laboratory of compounds | Apps for the classroom offers a wealth of text-based information and some visual approaches for budding chemists.

Ease of Play

Teens can figure out how to use with little outside direction, but they'll need prior knowledge to make sense of the content.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Arloon Chemistry - Laboratory of compounds | Apps for the classroom contains content intended for high school and college chemistry students. Kids will create virtual 3-D structures of chemical compounds. They also can practice naming and determining the formulas of compounds. Augmented-reality tools are only available if the app is given access to the camera on your teen’s device, but it's not necessary for kids to use the app or understand the content.

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What's it about?

ARLOON CHEMISTRY - LABORATORY OF COMPOUNDS | APPS FOR THE CLASSROOM lets kids name and build chemical models of binary and ternary compounds. Each type of compound comes with a basic description, a formula rule, and nomenclature tips. In the Learn mode kids can work through a tutorial on building compound structures. Exercises test their ability to figure out the name of a compound from its formula and vice versa. Users can time themselves to build fluency or slow things down to build confidence. To access augmented reality, kids can use either printed cards from the website or a well-defined graphic to make the AR figure appear using the device's camera.

Is it any good?

This advanced augmented-reality tool lets teens who already understand the concepts to practice and access them in various ways. Though users can read about subjects such as oxides and hydrides, they likely will need some context to really get a solid grip on the information. The augmented-reality images will help visual learners see why elements with certain oxidation numbers will combine in a way that paper and pencil can’t match. However, if a teen doesn’t know what an oxidation number is, there isn't a way to click on that word and get more information.

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  • Families can talk about how everything is made of elements. Check out the chemical names of ingredients on food packages and shampoo bottles and try to figure out their chemical formulas.

  • Families also can talk about how all models have limitations. What kinds of things are not accounted for in these 3-D models of compounds?

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