Spatial Analysis of Chemical Bonds


Welcome to the spatial analysis of chemical bonding! This site was created in conjunction with two classes: NRE 530 and Masters of Arts with Certification. You will find helpful teaching resources as well as use of spatial software, such as Atlas GIS, Movie Gear, and Adobe Photoshop.

We chose to take a spatial analysis approach to this subject for a couple reasons:

  • Visual Aspects - Using the specialized software enabled a more clear representation of the material. Students will be able to see the orientation of electrons in space, instead of the more abstract, textbook approach.
  • Connectivity - In terms of mapping, the pathways that electrons follow in an atom can be related to the highways that connect major cities and rural areas. Atoms are connected to each other along very specific pathways, there are direct routes for each bond that occurs.
  • Separation - The electrons that are spinning around the nucleus of an atom are very similar to the concept of family. The nucleus would be the home base, always there for you when needed. However, there will always come a time when a member of the family has to leave for awhile, creating new bonds with someone else, and perhaps extending previous ones a bit longer. The new bonds might break, but the member of the family is always welcome to return home, regroup, and venture out again to make new bonds.
This site will be especially useful for chemistry teachers at the secondary level. This page will act as a visual tool that will enable students to actually see the effects and powers of chemical bonding within a compound. We will be focusing on ionic and covalent bonds, with particular attention to the electron interactions.

The web site is organized similar to that of a chapter on bonding within chemical molecules. The beginning sections deal with a basic overview of an atom, while defining its constituent parts. The following segments further expand on the notion of energy levels, and finally, the two types of bonding found in chemical molecules: Ionic and Covalent.


Please feel free to let students interact with the animations and drawings. It is our hope that this will help to visually represent these notions to the students. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email us!


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What are Chemical Bonds?

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Questions or Comments?

Stephanie Motyka & Jennifer Rifkin