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Salem State University: Faculty Publications 2020

Todd Wimpfheimer

Wimpfheimer, Todd. (2020). A Physical Chemistry Escape Room Laboratory: Is Schrodinger's Cat Dead and/or Alive? Journal of Laboratory Chemical Education 8(1), 1-5.


Escape rooms have become increasingly popular and have recently been used to deliver mainly general chemistry laboratory experiences. This paper describes a laboratory experiment suitable for upper level students in physical chemistry that have had exposure to quantum chemistry. An escape room approach is used where students solve challenges and perform wet chemical manipulations in order to determine whether Schrödinger’s Cat is dead and/or alive.