Is mathematics to blame? An investigation into high school students' difficulty in performing calculations in chemistry

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Abstract

Mathematical ability is a major contributory factor to the success of a student in any science course. This paper aims to determine the source of the difficulty that students often find when performing calculations in chemistry. Through the design and analysis of a set of chemistry questions and analogous mathematics questions, set in a Standard Grade context, it is revealed that a basic grasp of mathematics is missing.
LanguageEnglish
Pages330-336
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry Education Research and Practice
Volume13
Issue number3
Early online date3 May 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2012

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  • chemical calculations
  • mathematical deficiencies
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