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ERIC Number: EJ828683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Fluorine Compounds and Dental Health: Applications of General Chemistry Topics
Pinto, Gabriel
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n2 p185-187 Feb 2009
An example about the use of everyday phenomena in teaching general chemistry is given. Students have a greater appreciation of the principles of chemistry if they can see the relevance to their lives. Fluorine compounds in dental applications (as topical or as systemic use) provide an excellent context in which to review core content of general chemistry, namely, stoichiometry, concentration units, physiological importance of elements, resonance of polyatomic ions, bond order, bond length, geometry of polyatomic ions, and treatment of water. A set of questions, covering the cited topics, and the corresponding answers are presented to encourage critical thinking from students. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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