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ERIC Number: EJ890643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
Using PARSEL Modules to Contextualizing the States-of-Matter Approach (SOMA) to Introductory Chemistry
Tsaparlis, Georgios
Science Education International, v19 n3 p323-330 Sep 2008
SOMA (States-Of-Matter Approach) is an introductory chemistry program for all students in the tenth or eleventh grade (age 16-17), which introduces chemistry through the separate study of the three states of matter. SOMA is basically a formalistic approach. In this paper, we discuss the use of PARSEL modules in providing a teaching approach to SOMA. This has been realized using two PARSEL modules. One module (which can be covered within the SOMA major unit on Gases) is about carbon dioxide in carbonated beverages and relates to gas solubility in liquids, gas pressure, gas laws, physical and chemical equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry. The second module (which can be covered within the SOMA major unit on Solids) includes salt, salts, crystals and crystal structure, ionic bonding, uses of salt, and its role in human health. It is proposed that a large number of other PARSEL modules can also be coupled with and used in SOMA. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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