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Re: SEUL: a new operating system interaction

On Tue, 22 Jun 1999, Robert Hopcroft wrote:

> I'm not sure exactly what you have in mind, so I thought I would throw
> something out and get your reaction to it. I also sent this to seul-edu to
> get their reaction as well. On a windows machine, I saw a background ( I
> believe that's what they call it) of a periodic table of the chemical
> elements. My first thought was wouldn't it be neat to be able to click on
> an element and have displayed information about the element. By adding the
> digits, one could, for example, click on H, 2, O and get the properties of
> water. It doesn't take that much imagination to turn it into a Chemistry
> course. Would producing an interface such as this be of interest to you.

If you could simulate reactions that would be really neat for cash-strapped
schools or even beginning some chemistry at lower grade levels.  Have a
small database of chemicals+properties like you are saying, then have a
simple method of oxidizing things, burning chemicals, and what not,
including the ever popular 'explosion' :) It's not the same as handling
chemicals, but maybe that's a good thing... I wouldn't imagine it would
be that complex if you do it in a simple manner.

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