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Education in Chemistry

Content, tools, resources, and best practice for teachers of chemistry, from Education in Chemistry magazine. 50 years old in 2013!

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Talk Chemistry

Forum for those teaching the chemical sciences. Here you can share resources, tips, and discuss anything which may be of interest.

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Learn Chemistry for higher education has information, resources and links for learning and teaching chemistry at university. 

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Planning for the new A-level practical assessment? - help is at hand.
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Many teachers will have begun planning for the new A-level chemistry specification which will start from september.... Molymods and more
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Re: Five ideas in chemical education that must die

Let me add the word 'displace' to Bob's list of of words with different meanings in everyday language. We use it to mean move from one place to another as in 'displaced person' or 'to take over the position of somebody else' in in team A displacing team B at the top of the league. But in chemistry most teachers and most text books use it to describe what happens when zinc is added to copper(II) sulfate solution. They say that zinc displaces copper. This implies that copper is present in copper sulfate and is pushed out of it by zinc. But there is no copper in copper sulfate, only copper ions. Talking about displacement reactions just makes the job of explaining redox reactions a whole lot harder.

Re: Five ideas in chemical education that must die

Listening to a discussion on  primary school philosophy the other day on the radio, I was I was struck by the questions asked  by the teachers “what do you mean by …..” and “what do you understand by …….”. So what does “neutral” really mean in the mind of a child and for that matter, an adult? What image in your mind does the word “neutral” flash up in your mind? That iimage is a “model”. The problem is that many of our words in science have other meanings in normal life. “Neutral” is related to, having thought deeply about an argument, not taking sides. It is related to deliberately not expressing any strong feeling about a topic. It is related to colour being not very bright or strong, such as grey or light brown. In electricity is related to having neither a positive nor a negative electrical charge. It is related to the position of the gears of a vehicle in which no power is carried from the engine to the wheels Students will have in their long term memories all these images to the word “neutral”. Then the chemist comes along and says that is refers to a solution with equal concentrations of hydrogen and hydroxide ions. We have real difficulty here because what we are trying to express in our model of water with 1 molecule in 10,000,000 split into ions and we shall extend this into an equilibrium. So if we a label a molecule and call it “Brian”. Brian may be broken apart for a split second into ion but when it reforms it may have an appendage from another molecule called Susan. I think that is enough on that analogy. We have many words in science which conflict with our everyday parlance. “Cell” comes to mind. And what about “reduce”? The physicists have charm as well! This may well be a cause of the general public being rather neutral when it comes to chemistry as found in the recent Chemistry World magazine. “What word did I use?” I came across the pH7 value of water changing with temperature as a question in aa Oxford/Cambridge entrance examinations in the 70s and 80s. Well “neutrality” in chemistry is interesting but the energy discussion is far more of an issue in schools. My bête noire is “sodium wants to lose an electron”.