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ERIC Number: EJ938984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using Topic Order to Reinforce Student Algebra Skills in a Community College Introductory Chemistry Course
Blakely, Alan W.
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n7 p858-859 Jul 2011
This article describes the impact of starting with gases in an introductory chemistry course at a community college. Students in the author's class frequently are very weak in algebra skills, and this has a cumulative impact over time that culminates in student struggles when moles and reaction stoichiometry are discussed. The rationale behind starting with gases was that the topic has a relatively small content load while giving students the opportunity to manipulate and apply algebraic equations. The author observed improved student performance, particularly when discussing moles and stoichiometry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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