J. Technology and Education, Vol.18, No.1, pp.29-38, 2011
城石 英伸1*,工藤 節子1,雜賀 章浩2,中野 雅之1,大野 秀樹3
東京工業高等専門学校 物質工学科1,産業技術センター2,物理学科3
* h-shiroishi@tokyo-ct.ac.jp
Development of the Problem-Solving Ability in Students (1)
Hidenobu Shiroishi1*, Setsuko Kudo1, Akihiro Saiga2, Masayuki Nakano1, Hideki Ohno3
1Departments of Chemical Science and Engineering, 2Industrial Science and Technology Center,
3Physics, Tokyo National College of Technology (Kunugida 1220-2, Tokyo 193-0997, Japan)
(Received March 2, 2011; Accepted April 1, 2011)
In order to develop problem-solving abilities in students, it is important to get them to acquire a lot of means through laboratory experiments based upon understanding the theories and procedures. In this study, we introduced Computer Chemistry, which consists of safety education, molecular modeling, and numerical simulation using a freeware Maxima, in a class named Fundamental Engineering Laboratory for the first-year students. We also introduced a point system, advanced problems using Maxima and/or Excel solver and instructions for the use of software, such as Word/Writer and Excel/Calc, on the day following the experiment, in a class named Experimental Analytical Chemistry for the 2nd-year students. We also improved the content in the Information Processing I for the 2nd-year students.
Keywords: Computer Chemistry, Excel, Maxima