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

Fraser J. Scott

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-336
JournalChemistry Education Research and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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