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Mixing Molecules

Formative evaluation report of Mixing Molecules full-body immersive simulation exhibit demonstrating the collision of molecules at the nanoscale.

DESCRIPTION

Mixing Molecules is a full-body immersive simulation demonstrating the collision of molecules at the nanoscale. The digital interface allows visitors to use their shadows to "push" animated molecules that are projected onto a screen in a darkened room. Visitors can manipulate the collsion of the molecules, speeding or slowing the formation of new compounds. The piece demonstrates the connection between the nanoscale - where individual molecules collide with each other - and the macroscale where many small random collisions appear as one larger, consistent motion.

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DESCRIPTION

Mixing Molecules is a full-body immersive simulation demonstrating the collision of molecules at the nanoscale. The digital interface allows visitors to use their shadows to "push" animated molecules that are projected onto a screen in a darkened room. Visitors can manipulate the collsion of the molecules, speeding or slowing the formation of new compounds. The piece demonstrates the connection between the nanoscale - where individual molecules collide with each other - and the macroscale where many small random collisions appear as one larger, consistent motion.

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OBJECTIVES

BIG IDEA

Molecules are always in motion. When they happen to collide, they can react to form bigger molecules.

NANO CONTENT MAP

Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.

Credits

YEAR CREATED
2010
OWNING INSTITUTION

This product was created by Mine-Control working with the New York Hall of Science for the NISE Network Visualization Lab; contact www.mine-control.com

This exhibit is not included in the NISE Network's Creative Commons license.

FUNDING

Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

PERMISSIONS

This linked product was created by another institution (not by the NISE Network). Contact owning institution regarding rights and permissions.

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