Gan, H. S, Tee, N. Y, Bin Mamtaz, M. R, Xiao, K., Cheong, B. H, Liew, O. W & Ng, TW. (2018). Augmented reality experimentation on oxygen gas generation from hydrogen peroxide and bleach reaction. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education,46(3), 245-252. United States of America: John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1002/bmb.21117
The appreciation and understanding of gas generation through processes is vital in biochemical education. In this work, an augmented reality tool is reported to depict the redox reaction between hydrogen peroxide and sodium hypochlorite solutions, two ubiquitous oxidizing agents, to create oxygen, a combustible gas. As it operates out of smartphones or tablets, students are able to conduct the exercise collaboratively, respond in a manner similar to an actual physical experiment, and able to depict the oxygen volume changes in relation to the volume of hydrogen peroxide of different concentrations used. The tool offers to help students acquire bench skills by limiting handing risks and to mitigate possible student anxiety on handling chemical materials and implements in the laboratory. The feedback received from Year 11 and 12 high school student participants in an outreach exercise indicate the overall effectiveness of this tool. © 2018 by The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 46(3):245–252, 2018.
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