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Introduction To Netlogo: Rusting & Rates Of Reaction

Subject: Chemistry
Time: 1-2 periods (42 minutes each)
Level: High School level Chemistry (regular and honors)

Lesson Overview

Students will use the rusting model to investigate the factors that affect the rate of rust formation. Each group selects a variable to investigate, analyze their results, make a conclusion, and present their findings to the class with evidence from their model. Acknowledgements Wilensky, U., Levy, S. T., & Novak, M. (2004). Connected Chemistry curriculum. http://ccl.northwestern.edu/curriculum/chemistry. Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.


Students should know the parts of a chemical reaction and levels of emergent properties (submicroscopic, symbolic, and macroscopic).

Materials and Tools

  1. NetLogo: http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/models/ConnectedChemistryRustingReaction

  2. Optional: rusted nails or other rusted objects.


Formative and Summative assessments can be used to measure student understanding. The student worksheet may be collected for completion, and/or each group can write a formal lab report. The students will design an experiment to test which factor will affect the rate of rusting. Each individual can write a final conclusion after each group presents their results.

Additional Information

Lab experiments and activities would extend the unit further.

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Next Generation Science Standards
  • Physical Science

Computational Thinking in STEM
  • Modeling and Simulation Practices
    • Assessing Computational Models
    • Using Computational Models to Understand a Concept
  • Data Practices
    • Analyzing Data
    • Visualizing Data

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