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ERIC Number: EJ943626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
What Do You Mean that "Strong" Doesn't Mean "Powerful"?
Jasien, Paul G.
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n9 p1247-1249 Sep 2011
The words used in the chemistry classroom often add to problems that students have in understanding complex concepts. This is particularly true when terms with specific scientific meanings are also used in colloquial speech with different meanings. This report discusses the results of student interviews that examine student comprehension of the term "strong" used in chemical and colloquial contexts. The most common student misconceptions associate the chemical meaning of "strong" with "concentration", "charge", or "powerful".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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