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ERIC Number: EJ1007957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1108
Hungarian University Students' Misunderstandings in Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
Turanyi, Tamas; Toth, Zoltan
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v14 n1 p105-116 2013
The misunderstandings related to thermodynamics (including chemical equilibrium) and chemical kinetics of first and second year Hungarian students of chemistry, environmental science, biology and pharmacy were investigated. We demonstrated that Hungarian university students have similar misunderstandings in physical chemistry to those reported in published research papers. We also found that there are significant differences between the misunderstandings in physical chemistry of the students who have had very different levels of chemistry studies at the university. However, there is no significant difference between the four student groups in misunderstandings brought from secondary education. Behind the students' misunderstandings found in this survey there are some common reasons, like using everyday analogies in solving scientific problems, assuming macroscopic properties at the particulate level, reducing proportionality to direct proportionality, and mixing the concepts of thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. (Contains 5 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hungary (Budapest)