Wednesday, July 17, 2013

UIS professor tests new chemistry app for the iPad

A summer chemistry class at the University of Illinois Springfield is testing out a new app. The class is one of two in the nation to test the app, developed by PerkinElmer Software.

Organic chemistry relies a lot on the drawing of chemical formulas, which is now easier and more accessible than before with the ChemDraw app.

It's designed after a computer program that has been around for nearly 30 years.

Layne Morsch, a professor of chemistry, said the new app version of the program is transforming the classroom.

"What I have seen over the years in teaching organic chemistry is that when I give problems for students to do, about half the students try them, and about half of them just sit and wait," Morsch said. "Now since they have to send me their results as they're working on them, every student is working on the problems and it helps them to see if they know what they're doing or whether they don't understand what they're doing."

The app can be found in the iTunes App Store for anyone to check out. The designers hope it will change the way students study chemistry.

The story was featured by WICS-TV 20 on July 16, 2013.

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