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The goal of the Molecular Logic project (MOLO) is to improve the ability of all students to understand fundamental biological phenomena in terms of the interactions of atoms and molecules. MOLO aims to do this by enhancing biology courses with guided explorations of powerful atomic and molecular computational models.
MOLO’s computational models can help students visualize complex scenarios, but go much further than standard diagrams or animations. The models compute the changing states of interacting atoms and molecules in real-time, so that students can change parameters and immediately observe the effects. For example, in one model you can raise the temperature of a gas, and watch the particles diffuse faster across the screen. In another you can change the charge on one amino acid in a protein, and see the difference in conformation as the protein folds.Over one hundred models of chemical and biological phenomena can be easily accessed using our database, which contains information for each about objectives, assessments, and links to both typical textbooks and standards. Many of these activities contains text that guides students through the activity, challenges to solve using the models, and short-answer questions which can be assembled into a report and printed at the end of the activity.
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