This Article 
   
 Share 
   
 Bibliographic References 
   
 Add to: 
 
Digg
Furl
Spurl
Blink
Simpy
Google
Del.icio.us
Y!MyWeb
 
 Search 
   
Applying Computational Science to Education: The Molecular Workbench Paradigm
September/October 2008 (vol. 10 no. 5)
pp. 24-27
Robert F. Tinker, Concord Consortium
Qian Xie, Concord Consortium
The Molecular Workbench offers highly interactive molecular dynamics simulations to help students learn difficult scientific concepts. The software demonstrates how scientists can transform research tools into educational tools. Research studies show that students learn better using computational models.

1. A.R. Leach, Molecular Modeling: Principles and Applications, Pearson Education, 2001.
2. R. Tinker, B. Berenfeld, and B. Tinker, "Molecular Workbench," Ann. Report to the Nat'l Science Foundation, tech. report REC-9813485, Concord Consortium, 2000.
3. Q. Xie and R. Tinker, "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Chemical Reactions for Use in Education," J. Chemical Education, vol. 83, no. 1, 2006, pp. 77–83.
4. J.G. Gay and B.J. Berne, "Modification of the Overlap Potential to Mimic a Linear Site-Site Potential," J. Chemical Physics, vol. 74, no. 6, 1981, pp. 3316–3319.
5. A. Pallant and R. Tinker, "Reasoning with Atomic-Scale Molecular Dynamic Models," J. Science Education and Technology, vol. 13, no. 1, 2004, pp. 51–66.
6. B. Buckley et al., "Model-Based Teaching and Learning with BioLogica: What Do They Learn? How Do They Learn? How Do We Know?" J. Science Education and Technology, vol. 13, no. 1, 2004, pp. 23–41.
7. J.M. Casperson and M.C. Linn, "Using Visualizations to Teach Electrostatics," Am. J. of Physics, vol. 74, no. 4, 2006, pp. 316–323.
8. S.C. Sendlinger et al., "Transforming Chemistry Education through Computational Science: A K-20+ Partnership," Computing in Science &Eng., vol. 10, no. 5, 2008, pp. 34–39.

Index Terms:
Molecular dynamics, computational science, computational modeling, high-performance computing, education, and interactive learning, high-performance computing, HPC, HPC in Education
Citation:
Robert F. Tinker, Qian Xie, "Applying Computational Science to Education: The Molecular Workbench Paradigm," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 24-27, Sept.-Oct. 2008, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2008.108
Usage of this product signifies your acceptance of the Terms of Use.