University Chemistry ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (12): 143-149.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201911052

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Application of Computational Simulation in the Teaching Practice of Chemical Thermodynamics and Dynamics: Taking Isomerization and Dissociation of Formaldehyde as an Example

Guanghui Chen1,*(), Wangqiang Lin1, Kun Jiang2,*()   

  1. 1 Department of Chemistry, Shantou University, Shantou 515063, Guangdong Province, P. R. China
    2 Department of Natural Science, Shantou Polytechnic, Shantou 515041, Guangdong Province, P. R. China
  • Received:2019-11-25 Accepted:2020-01-19 Published:2020-02-06
  • Contact: Guanghui Chen,Kun Jiang;


Chemical thermodynamics and kinetics are the important contents in the course of inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry, but this part of knowledge is difficult to understand. We tried to integrate the computational simulation with the knowledge of chemical thermodynamics and dynamics in order to help students understand the knowledge. In the class, we demonstrated students with the chemical thermodynamics and kinetics process of formaldehyde dissociation reaction, so as to make the abstract knowledge intuitive and visual. According to the students' feedback, we found that the enthusiasm and participation of the students in the subsequent class have been greatly improved.

Key words: Teaching reform, Quantum chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Physical chemistry, Potential energy surface, Reaction rate constant