Monday, February 22, 2010

Electronic Configuration and Battleship

Today students learned the pattern of electronic configuration and how to use it. Basically its like giving directions to an element on the PT using set landmarks. It is a bit confusing, but once you get the pattern, its not too bad.

Students practiced a bit and then they played Battleship to practice some more. The Periodic Table became the game board and students hid their ships on it, then guessed hits using the electronic configuration of the atoms. I think they really got the hang of it because I did not field many questions at that point.

I am not that good at battleship... I didn't hit any of Jasmynne's boats in second and only hit one of Jeremy's in third. Maybe tomorrow after the benchmark I will have a chance to redeem myself.

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