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Published Oct. 17, 2013 11:31 AM

While the skills you acquire spending hours with computer games are usually rather useless when it comes to studies and work situations, the new game CHAIN, developed at the University of Oslo, is different. 

By playing, you will learn rules and principles directly applicable in naming and classification of organic molecules in high school chemistry classes as well as in introductory basic and organic chemistry courses at the university level. It is fun, and no previous knowledge of chemistry is required. 

Join the CHAIN! Now in App Store and Google play.

Published Oct. 29, 2013 9:35 AM

Your job playing CHAIN is to determine how many balls are connected in an object falling down from the top of the screen. Objects come in different types, as CHAINs of big balls, balls, sticks or both. Note in particular the stick representation: as you don’t see the balls, you need to image there is one at each end and at every bend.

Published Oct. 16, 2013 2:14 PM

Although CHAIN can be played without knowing that is has anything to do with chemistry, once you enter a chemistry class (we realize some unfortunate people never do) you will find that many of the principles governing naming and classification of organic molecules are already known to you. In fact, CHAIN has been designed for exactly this purpose.