Enhance explanations of intermolecular forces

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How small prompts can result in big leaps in student understanding. Undergraduate students find it difficult to explain the causes and consequences of intermolecular forces, which are a crucial concept to understand. Recent research indicates that small prompts in questions can help students answer questions about intermolecular forces, specifically London dispersion forces. This article looks at the study and suggests way to implement its findings into secondary school science teaching.


  • higher education
  • student understanding
  • intermolecular forces


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