Energy of Bond Formation

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Show your chemistry class that there's much more to covalent bonding than sharing electrons! Pupils manipulate atoms of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon to observe the energy of bond formation using a well-rounded interactive. The resource illustrates attractive and repulsive forces, potential energy versus distance, and the probable locations of electrons within electron clouds.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Instruct learners to move atoms together until the forces acting upon them balance, then observe the potential energy graph
  • Have the class explain why all of the atom pairs repel one another at certain distances
Classroom Considerations
  • Swap over to spacefill mode to provide a simpler view for students
  • The potential energy graph tracks every movement of the atoms, allowing users to make multiple observations
  • Two views, spacefill and electron cloud, give instructors more options for assignments and assessments
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