The Computer’s Role in Undergraduate Chemistry Education: Report on a Study for UNESCO
The computer is affecting all of chemistry in a comprehensive manner. The rapidly decreasing cost of minicomputer total systems and the emerging inexpensive microprocessors make it possible to bring computer support to chemistry departments anywhere. In addition, telecommunications facilitate computer networking so that specialized resources may be shared with the minicomputer providing the interface to computer networks. The computer affects chemistry and hence chemistry education both as an aid to teaching and as an enhancement to the doing of chemistry. Three course outlines are given: (1) the computer in experimental chemistry; (2) modern techniques of handling chemical information; and (3) numerical methods in chemistry. Numerous examples of computer programs in use in many college and university chemistry departments are described briefly, including a simple approach to computer-assisted instruction in freshman chemistry. A model chemistry department-wide computer support system is sketched. The question of faculty training is addressed. The complete report is being distributed by UNESCO; Division of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Paris.
KeywordsUndergraduate Education Chemistry Education Chemistry Curriculum Computer Assisted Instruction Sample Entry
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