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    Default Where to buy molecular model kit for chemistry?

    Hi all,

    Am looking for locals places that sell those plastic modeling kit for chemistry, and also models on ionic compounds, graphite and diamond.

    Has anyone come across them in local shops?

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    Default Re: Where to buy molecular model kit for chemistry?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    Hi all,

    Am looking for locals places that sell those plastic modeling kit for chemistry, and also models on ionic compounds, graphite and diamond.

    Has anyone come across them in local shops?
    Call Science Centre to ask whether they sell??

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaoken View Post
    Call Science Centre to ask whether they sell??
    Thanks for the suggestion, will give them a try.

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    Default Re: Where to buy molecular model kit for chemistry?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    Hi all,

    Am looking for locals places that sell those plastic modeling kit for chemistry, and also models on ionic compounds, graphite and diamond.

    Has anyone come across them in local shops?
    sch teachers shld know. check with adam, cs idol

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    ahbian, is it for your children schooling purpose? Primary school?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwttan View Post
    ahbian, is it for your children schooling purpose? Primary school?
    I'm giving tuition for small groups, secondary students.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    I'm giving tuition for small groups, secondary students.
    I see
    At least I know a chemistry tuitor today
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    Default Re: Where to buy molecular model kit for chemistry?

    I have tried to source for them in the past, but later decided to forget about it.

    I should have asked my Chem tutor where to buy it when he sort of introduce it to us when I'm still doing A levels. But that time exam is the main concern so never bother to deal with such things. Only later when I start to give chemistry tuition then I realised that this might come in useful.. but never saw it in any shops.

    Anyway, maybe you can try this shop at balestiar shopping center.. it's call ace chemical or something like that.

    It supplies chemicals and apparatus to schools, so maybe it will stock some of those "toys".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limsgp View Post
    I have tried to source for them in the past, but later decided to forget about it.

    I should have asked my Chem tutor where to buy it when he sort of introduce it to us when I'm still doing A levels. But that time exam is the main concern so never bother to deal with such things. Only later when I start to give chemistry tuition then I realised that this might come in useful.. but never saw it in any shops.

    Anyway, maybe you can try this shop at balestiar shopping center.. it's call ace chemical or something like that.

    It supplies chemicals and apparatus to schools, so maybe it will stock some of those "toys".

    I did find one local shop, but its selling at prices way above what I can get from overseas + shipping.

    Thanks for the suggestion of the balestiar shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    Hi all,

    Am looking for locals places that sell those plastic modeling kit for chemistry, and also models on ionic compounds, graphite and diamond.

    Has anyone come across them in local shops?

    If you still need, I could email my Chem teacher and ask her- I think she has a set- she used it to demonstrate chirality + restricted rotation for C=C bonds
    Olympian

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    Actually, it's quite hard to illustrate graphite, diamond and ionic compounds with similar models right? It's quite hard to envision the sea of delocalised electrions/donation of electrons.

    For those, you could consider using animations. Like maybe this one for example: here.

    Just a suggestion
    Olympian

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    Quote Originally Posted by candycaine View Post
    If you still need, I could email my Chem teacher and ask her- I think she has a set- she used it to demonstrate chirality + restricted rotation for C=C bonds
    Wah. Thanks for the generous offer, but you needn't go through that trouble lah. I can ask some of my teacher friends, but its a busy hectic exam period for them at the moment , so just trying my luck in CS forums first.
    Last edited by ahbian; 14th October 2010 at 07:03 PM.

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    Default Re: Where to buy molecular model kit for chemistry?

    Quote Originally Posted by candycaine View Post
    Actually, it's quite hard to illustrate graphite, diamond and ionic compounds with similar models right? It's quite hard to envision the sea of delocalised electrions/donation of electrons.

    For those, you could consider using animations. Like maybe this one for example: here.

    Just a suggestion
    Yup, I will be using animations to complement the lessons. The modeling is to aid those more inclined to tactile learning and/or those who are not too good in spatial visualisation.

    I agree with the limitations of extending it to electrons (transfer, delocalise etc), with be using some other methods.

    The model kit quite versatile in many other concepts, like helping them differentiating among elements, compounds and mixtures etc.

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    Default Re: Where to buy molecular model kit for chemistry?

    I'm a chemistry major and the lecturers teaching us like to use this freeware: molsym

    this is the link for it
    http://www.molwave.com/software/3dmolsym/3dmolsym.htm
    just click on launch 3D molsym

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    Default Re: Where to buy molecular model kit for chemistry?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    Yup, I will be using animations to complement the lessons. The modeling is to aid those more inclined to tactile learning and/or those who are not too good in spatial visualisation.

    I agree with the limitations of extending it to electrons (transfer, delocalise etc), with be using some other methods.

    The model kit quite versatile in many other concepts, like helping them differentiating among elements, compounds and mixtures etc.
    chiral centers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spree86 View Post
    I'm a chemistry major and the lecturers teaching us like to use this freeware: molsym

    this is the link for it
    http://www.molwave.com/software/3dmolsym/3dmolsym.htm
    just click on launch 3D molsym
    Thanks! Bookmarked it.

    The Junior Lab also seemed pretty promising, just doesn't seem to run properly on my mac. Wasted...

    Quote Originally Posted by allenleonhart View Post
    chiral centers!
    , no need chirality yet, just secondary school level.

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    Default Re: Where to buy molecular model kit for chemistry?

    Quote Originally Posted by spree86 View Post
    I'm a chemistry major and the lecturers teaching us like to use this freeware: molsym

    this is the link for it
    http://www.molwave.com/software/3dmolsym/3dmolsym.htm
    just click on launch 3D molsym
    Nowadays, students have it so easy, with all the 3D animations and all that..

    In the past, students have to refer to 2D diagrams and use their imaginations.. Sometimes, explain until saliva dry to my peers and they still couldn't get it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    Wah. Thanks for the generous offer, but you needn't go through that trouble lah. I can ask some of my teacher friends, but its a busy hectic exam period for them at the moment , so just trying my luck in CS forums first.
    No problem, drop me a PM if you can't find a good set at a good price anywhere!
    Olympian

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    Default Re: Where to buy molecular model kit for chemistry?

    You can check with the bookshop at nus science faculty

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    Default Re: Where to buy molecular model kit for chemistry?

    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I finally got the molecular sets from NUS Science Faculty, no ionic or diamond structure for sale though.

    Just information for those who might need to buy such stuff in the future.

    Closing thread.

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