Molecules

This Molecules app also includes:

View molecular structure for various compounds with three-dimensional color images. 

9th - Higher Ed Science 13 Views 7 Downloads
App Overview

Features:

  • Rotate or zoom in on the molecule models 
  • Alternate between ball-and-stick and space-filling views with the tap of a molecule icon
  • Turn automatic rotation on or off by clicking a rotation icon
  • Tap on a palette icon to display color legend for individual atoms
  • A Molecules button in the upper-left corner allows you to open information about individual molecules, delete molecules, or download additional molecules from two different national databases
  • Standard preloaded molecules:
    • DNA
    • Acetylcholinesterase
    • Insulin
    • Major Cell-surface Adhesin Pac
    • TRNAPHE
    • Caffeine
    • Beta-Galactosidase
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Rating Details

  • Adherence to task

    No teachable concepts supported, very few molecules are included

  • Worth the money

    Although it's free, it doesn't do much

  • Fun factor

    Building atoms will get old quickly

  • Scaffolding of learning

    No tutorial, but easy enough to use

  • User safety
  • Control and feedback

    You can download more molecule models

  • How techie do I need to be?
    Novice
Instructional Ideas

Connect your tablet to a projector to display different molecules as a visual aid.

Classroom Considerations

The app only has one purpose: to display maneuverable models of various molecules. Outside of that, there is not much that it can be used for. Fortunately, there is no cost, so do not hesitate to download it for occasional use in your chemistry class.

Pros

  • There is no cost to download additional models
  • Visual representations are easily maneuverable and help chemistry buffs envision a molecule from all angles
Cons

  • No teachable concepts supported
  • The only information provided about individual molecules is the number of atoms they contain
  • Only one single function: to view molecular structure