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ERIC Number: EJ913046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
You Said "Neutral", but What Do You Mean?
Jasien, Paul G.
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n1 p33-34 Jan 2010
Using the term "neutral" as an example, this discussion examines difficulties that chemistry students face when trying to contextualize chemical terminology. Interview responses of 20 undergraduate students (majors in either chemistry or biology) indicate that some of students' context-based interpretations of "neutral" are shared, although up to half of the context-specific interpretations of the term differ from the scientifically accepted meaning of "neutral" implied by the sample contexts. Most evident is the association of the word "neutral" in a scientific context with the words "unreactive" or "equilibrium".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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