Have you been using the Collisions: Intermolecular Forces Game with your students? Below are some additional strategies to help with planning your lessons.

  • Before starting the game, ensure that students know the meaning of the following terms: partial charge, dipole, temporary dipole, permanent dipole, polar bond, nonpolar bond
    • As students play, introduce the terms London dispersion forces, dipole-dipole forces, hydrogen bonds, polar molecule, nonpolar molecule
  • Illustrate the concept of temporary dipoles by placing Xe in the LDF level of the Sandbox.
  • Draw students’ attention to how the partial charges change as the electrons move around.
  • Explain permanent and temporary dipoles. Post these short TikTok videos for your students to watch!
@jbrownchem Permanent vs temporary dipole explained! #apchem #apchemistry #chemistry #chemistryhelp #apchemtips ♬ original sound – AP Chem Tips

@jbrownchem Dipole-dipole vs hydrogen bonding (not a bond.) #apchem #apchemistry #chemistry #chemistryhelp ♬ original sound – AP Chem Tips

  • Ask your students:
    • After playing Level 5, describe the three major types of intermolecular forces.
    • After playing Level 6, describe how IMFs affect noble gases.
  • Challenge your students to master the IMFs Sandbox Achievements:
    • Different types of IMFs
    • Polar/nonpolar molecules of different shapes
    • IMF relative strengths
    • Or, make up your own challenges and have students submit a screenshot of their work!

The IMF game shares Connected Levels with Atoms, Covalent Bonding, and Phase Change. Have your students complete both the IMFs game and EACH of the connected games, to open up the pipe between these games and CONNECT their learning!