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Visualizing Dispersion Interactions


Journal of Chemical Education Volume 91, Number 5, ISSN 0021-9584


An animation and accompanying activity has been developed to help students visualize how dispersion interactions arise. The animation uses the gecko's ability to walk on vertical surfaces to illustrate how dispersion interactions play a role in macroscale outcomes. Assessment of student learning reveals that students were able to develop conceptual understanding and accurate mental models of how dispersion interactions arise and their influence on molecular and macroscale outcomes.


Gottschalk, E. & Venkataraman, B. (2014). Visualizing Dispersion Interactions. Journal of Chemical Education, 91(5), 666-672. Retrieved June 25, 2019 from .

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