Immersive Interactive Quantum Mechanics for Teaching and Learning Chemistry
Keywords:Haptic devices, Interactive quantum chemistry, Real-time quantum chemistry, Virtual reality
AbstractThe impossibility of experiencing the molecular world with our senses hampers teaching and understanding chemistry because very abstract concepts (such as atoms, chemical bonds, molecular structure, reactivity) are required for this process. Virtual reality, especially when based on explicit physical modeling (potentially in real time), offers a solution to this dilemma. Chemistry teaching can make use of advanced technologies such as virtual-reality frameworks and haptic devices. We show how an immersive learning setting could be applied to help students understand the core concepts of typical chemical reactions by offering a much more intuitive approach than traditional learning settings. Our setting relies on an interactive exploration and manipulation of a chemical system; this system is simulated in real-time with quantum chemical methods, and therefore, behaves in a physically meaningful way.
How to Cite
T. Weymuth, M. Reiher, Chimia 2021, 75, 45, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2021.45.
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