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Discovery Learning Tools in Materials Science: Concept Visualization with Dynamic and Interactive Spreadsheets

  • Scott A. Sinex (a1) and Joshua B. Halpern (a2)

Many materials science concepts can be developed into animated, interactive spreadsheets to create engaging discovery learning tools. These Excel spreadsheets do not require programming expertise. Learning how to create and use these didactically useful spreadsheets is simple and new examples can be quickly created by teachers.

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1The MatSci Excelets collection is freely available for download at (accessed January 2010).
2Meier, M.L. (2003) Spreadsheet Applications for Materials Science, Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering education Annual Conference. Collection of spreadsheets available at (accessed January 2010).
3Callister, W.D. (2006) Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, 7th Edition, Wiley.
4Sinex, S.A. (2009) Developer's Guide to Excelets: Dynamic and Interactive Visualization with “Javaless” Applets or Interactive Excel Spreadsheets, (accessed January 2010).
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