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The need to identify the carbon dioxide pressure – taking CaCO3 as an example
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5823-1472
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Equilibrium reactions are of fundamental importance in chemistry and validity is a key concern in research. Here, a previous used research task was further developed in order to investigate how undergraduate students describe why no calcium oxide is formed when the carbon dioxide pressure exceeds the partial pressure given by the equilibrium constant. The aim of this pilot study was to begin the validation of some of the original research findings. Two groups of students participated. The first group (n=17) took their first chemistry course and answered exam question. The second group (n=7) took a course in chemical thermodynamics and answered hand ins (part of course credit). Data was analyzed iterative and descriptive categories regarding data from the exam were constructed. These categories were used to analyze the data from the hand ins but new categories were also developed. The final step was to merge all the developed descriptive categories. The result shows that in the first group 18 % (3/17) correctly identified the carbon dioxide pressure as too high, whereas 57 % (4/7) in the second group either identified the carbon dioxide as too high or used ΔG. Also, 41 % (7/17) and 14 % (1/7) left blank answers despite the course credit. The incorrect answers in each group 41 % (7/17) and 28 % (2/7) were categorized with different categories, hence in general there seems to be a difference in how the groups described why no calcium carbonate is formed. The results give some implications for the original study, but the small sample size must be addressed in the future as well as the data collection methods.

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2013.
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naturvetenskapernas och teknikens didaktik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-21673OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-21673DiVA: diva2:651618
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ESERA13
Available from: 2013-09-26 Created: 2013-09-26 Last updated: 2015-12-22Bibliographically approved

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