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IU Northwest seniors present tool they created at ACS national meeting

Friday Oct 04, 2013

Congratulations to senior chemistry students Sameera Raziuddin, Nicholas Miljevic and Kelly Stanley who recently gave a presentation at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Indianapolis.

During the Fall 2012 semester, as part of their Physical Chemistry (C361) course, the students, along with four other classmates (David Dimitroff, Christopher Hilbrich, Igbal Michael, and Nabeela Mohideen) created an interactive learning tool that earned accolades and a permanent spot on the website for Mathematica, software that enables researchers to solve and illustrate complex mathematical manipulations.

The students used the software to create a visual tool to help beginning chemistry students understand a basic chemistry concept known as “limiting reagents.” The students built a computer model that users can manipulate to help them visualize the effects of a limiting reagent during the formation of a product, such as water formed from hydrogen and oxygen, given varying amounts of reactants.

Nelson DeLeon, Ph.D., associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, served as the students’ faculty mentor. The work was done as part of his Physical Chemistry (C361) course.

The students’ project, “Limiting Reagent for the Reaction of Hydrogen and Oxygen to Form Water,” will reside permanently on Mathematica’s website.

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