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ERIC Number: EJ1028500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Six Impossible Mechanisms before Breakfast: Arrow Pushing as an Instructional Device in Inorganic Chemistry
Berg, Steffen; Ghosh, Abhik
Journal of Chemical Education, v90 n11 p1446-1451 Nov 2013
In a recent article by the authors, the suggestion was made that arrow pushing, a widely used tool in organic chemistry, could also be profitably employed in the teaching of introductory inorganic chemistry. A number of relatively simple reactions were used to illustrate this thesis, raising the question whether the same approach might rationalize a broader range of main-group element reactions that are commonly included in descriptive inorganic texts. This question is answered here in the affirmative, based on analyses of six reactions (in a nod to "Alice in Wonderland") that to the uninitiated would appear puzzling to near-impenetrable as exercises in arrow pushing. The examples chosen strongly suggest that the arrow-pushing approach is applicable to the great majority of reactions involving molecular p-block compounds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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