### Abstract

Language | English |
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Pages | 330-336 |

Number of pages | 7 |

Journal | Chemistry Education Research and Practice |

Volume | 13 |

Issue number | 3 |

Early online date | 3 May 2012 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 10 Jul 2012 |

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### Keywords

- chemical calculations
- mathematical deficiencies
- mathematical abilities

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**Is mathematics to blame? An investigation into high school students' difficulty in performing calculations in chemistry.** / Scott, Fraser J.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Is mathematics to blame? An investigation into high school students' difficulty in performing calculations in chemistry

AU - Scott, Fraser J.

PY - 2012/7/10

Y1 - 2012/7/10

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - chemical calculations

KW - mathematical deficiencies

KW - mathematical abilities

U2 - 10.1039/C2RP00001F

DO - 10.1039/C2RP00001F

M3 - Article

VL - 13

SP - 330

EP - 336

JO - Chemistry Education Research and Practice

T2 - Chemistry Education Research and Practice

JF - Chemistry Education Research and Practice

SN - 1756-1108

IS - 3

ER -