Title

Using the Origin of Chemical Ideas to Enhance an Understanding of the Chemistry of Air: Issues and Challenges for Including Mathematics in the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Science

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2012

Early Online Version

4-11-2012

Journal

Educacion Quimica

Volume Number

23

Issue Number

Extraordinary Issue 2

Page Numbers

265-270

ISSN

1870-8404

Embargo Period

7-8-2013

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

C1

Peer Review

Before publication

Abstract

This paper describes some of the mathematical components of a narrative constructed for first-year tertiary chemistry students to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry in 2011. The narrative is entitled, "Making Good Use of the Air Around Us", and deals with the origin of our understanding of the physical and chemical properties of air largely through the work of Robert Boyle and Antoine Lavoisier. The paper argues for the importance of mathematics not only as a skill but as a language for the teaching and learning of chemistry and indicates that our efforts to have mathematicians and chemists work together on curriculum issues need to be re-energized if we are to enhance our understanding of such a progressive discipline as chemistry.

Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0187-893X(17)30153-2

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© Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 2012

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