In this topic we explore how chemists use models to explain the observable properties of materials.
After working through this topic you will be able to:

  • recognise the common macroscopic properties of materials;
  • appreciate why it is so important to use models to explain these properties;
  • understand some of the difficulties students experience when working in this area; and
  • use a range of teaching and learning strategies to help students develop thier ideas.
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