MOTIF-Zinteractiveperiodic

And now
for something
completely different...

Fractal Matrix @ Mandelbrot Fractal

Without this playing with fantasy...

...no creative work has ever yet come to birth.

Carl Gustav Jung
Psychological Types [1923]








Periodic Fantasy

Got Game?

Chemical Mah Jongg...

Chemical Mah Jongg @ Periodic Fantasy

Overview...

Explore the chemical landscape with Chemical Mah Jongg, a modified shareware program that simulates the ancient Chinese game. Mah Jongg is a game of strategy and concentration that involves matching pairs of identical (or related) tiles arranged in a three-dimensional pyramid. The object of the game is to remove all of the tiles and receive the lowest score; cheating and time are factors in your game score. Sailors, who carved the original tiles out of bamboo, gave groups of tiles names (similar to the suits in playing cards) that reflected important issues in their lives; names such as the winds, seasons, flowers, and dragons. Your project uses specialized tile sets (*.tis files) that were designed to enhance the chemical sciences:

  • Chemical (V10.TIS) Conundrums
  • Chemical (V20.TIS) Second City
  • Chemical (V30.TIS) Variations
  • Chemical (V40.TIS) Exotica
  • Chemical (V50.TIS) Hot'n Heavy
  • Chemical (V60.TIS) Shell Game

All of the tiles in these tile sets emphasize that chemistry is a very visual science, with complex patterns of colors and symbols that are used to illustrate even more complex concepts. Solving the game through pattern matching will help to develop your skills in solving more serious problems that you will encounter in chemisty.

Connections...

Launch the Mah Jongg for Windows program (mjwin30.exe). As in life, time is everything in this project. To manage your time more effectively, you should first explore all of the commands found in the File · Help · Preferences · Backup · Special options of the program. To learn more about the history, options, rules and strategy of the game, browse through the Mah Jongg for Windows manual (mjwin30.hlp). A few of the more important commands are described below. Can you find how to activate and use all them?

Chemical Mah Jongg Flash Demo
  • File/Load Tile Set – use a new tile set (*.tis)
  • File/Load Game – get an old game like goodone.gam
  • File/Save Game – save a game as a file mygame.gam
  • File/New Game – start a new game (reshuffle)
  • File/Restart Game – restart the current (same) game
  • Help/Tiles Left – view all the tiles in a set
  • Help/Show Moves – cheat (program finds pair)
  • Help/X-Ray – search for any tile
  • Preferences/Sound – toggle the audio sound
  • Preferences/Box Cursor – toggle the box cursor
  • Preferences/Clock Display – toggle the clock timer
  • Backup/Backup – undo the last matched pair
  • Special/Background Color – change background color
  • Special/Pause – pause the clock timer
  • Mouse/Button – peek under tiles
  • Mouse/Button – rotate stacked tiles

Caution - some forms of cheating are useful but others (you will be warned) prevent you from having your game score placed in the Hall of Fame. You may use any of the six tile sets (your preference) to play the game. A game score can always be entered into the Hall of Fame with the File/Done option, even if you have not removed all of the tiles (the object of the game). Be sure to type your name when you save your game score. As the project evolves and you become more proficient with the software, you should begin answering the following questions.

Summary...

1. Chemical Elements

Chemical Element

Most of the tiles (27) in a tile set belong to three suits called Bamboo, Crak, and Dots; they are used to represent specific (individual) chemical elements. Carefully examine the six tile sets. How many tile sets (*.tis) have at least one tile of a chemical element that belongs to any of the various metal (sub) groups (i.e., main, transition, lanthanide, or actinide)?






2. Periodic Groups

Chemical elements are grouped by a rectanglar color-code located in the upper-right corner of each tile. Which group of elements is color-coded by dark red?






3. Metals and Nonmetals

Chemical elements are grouped by a rectanglar color-code located in the upper-right corner of each tile. What is the predominant color-code of the nonmetal elements?






4. Atoms and Molecules

Flowers

Chemical elements that exist as molecules are indicated by subdivisions of the rectanglar color-code located in the upper-right corner of each tile. A suit of four tiles called the Flowers (1at · 2at · 4at · 8at) summarizes all of the elements that are atoms (1at) or molecules comprised of atoms (2at · 4at · 8at). Stable elements are marked by cyanish squares and unstable elements are marked by yellowish squares on the periodic tables located in the lower half of the Flowers tiles. How many tile sets (*.tis) have at least one tile of a chemical element that is a molecule (at standard state conditions)?






5. States of Matter

Seasons

Physical states of the chemical elements are indicated by a black symbol near the center of the tile. Solids are indicated by a triangle, liquids by a rectangle, and gases by an inverted triangle. A suit of four tiles called the Seasons (gas · liq · sld · syn) summarizes the elements that are gases (gas), liquids (liq), and solids (sld). Stable elements are marked by cyanish squares and unstable elements are marked by yellowish squares on the periodic tables located in the lower half of the Seasons tiles. How many tile sets (*.tis) have at least one tile of a chemical element that is either a gas or a liquid (at standard state conditions)?






6. Radioactive Elements

Radioactive elements are indicated by a checkered (red and yellow) border around the rectangular color-code located in the upper-right corner of a tile. The suits (above) called the Seasons (gas · liq · sld · syn) and the Flowers (1at · 2at · 4at · 8at) summarize the radioactive elements. Stable elements are marked by cyanish squares and unstable elements are marked by yellowish squares on the periodic tables located in the lower half of the Seasons and Flowers tiles. How many tile sets (*.tis) have at least one tile of a chemical element that is radioactive?






7. Synthetic Elements

Chemical elements that are not naturally abundant are called synthetic (or man-made). Synthetic elements are indicated by a gray color for the letters used in the element's symbol. The suit (above) of tiles called the Seasons (gas · liq · sld · syn) summarizes all of the synthetic (syn) elements. Stable elements are marked by cyanish squares and unstable elements are marked by yellowish squares on the periodic tables located in the lower half of the Seasons tiles. What property do all of the synthetic elements have in common?






8. Shells, Subshells, and Orbitals

Winds

A suit of four tiles called the Winds (ns · np · nd · nf) summarizes the subshell structure in an atom. What does the number in the upper-left corner of the subshell tiles represent?






9. Atomic Magnetism

One tile set has an individual tile for the element indium. Among the 27 chemical elements in this set, how many are diamagnetic in their atomic state?






10. Chemical Periodicity

Dragons

A suit of three tiles called the Dragons summarizes trends in electronegativity (XA), atomic radius (RA), and ionization energy (IE). Values are color coded by their position on a vertial scale located on the right side of each tile. Colors low on the scale represent small numerical values and colors high on the scale represent large numerical values. The scale approximates the order and colors of the visible spectrum (the rainbow). What is the ionization energy color code for those elements with the smallest atomic radius?






Chemical Mah Jongg...

Any comments, suggestions, dislikes...?

Without this playing with fantasy...

...no creative work has ever yet come to birth.

Carl Gustav Jung
Psychological Types [1923]

Productions

home

contact

Calendar

September 2017
S M T W T F S
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
             

Clients

member access

Variations

commentary
export
gallery
interactive
logbook
news
portal
record

Options

Permalink

Periodic Fantasy @ Got Game? @ MOTIF-Z Productions

calendar | member access | contact

info@motifz.com

© 2017 motif-z productions
last modified: 2015.12.18