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ERIC Number: EJ938998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
An Analogy Using Pennies and Dimes to Explain Chemical Kinetics Concepts
Cortes-Figueroa, Jose E.; Perez, Wanda I.; Lopez, Jose R.; Moore-Russo, Deborah A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n7 p932-936 Jul 2011
In this article, the authors present an analogy that uses coins and graphical analysis to teach kinetics concepts and resolve pseudo-first-order rate constants related to transition-metal complexes ligand-solvent exchange reactions. They describe an activity that is directed to upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. The activity provides opportunity for the assessment of conceptual learning via designed activities. It promotes graphical analysis as well as the integration of mathematical and kinetics concepts. (Contains 2 tables, 3 figures, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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