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Abstract Volume 11 Issue 2 (2006) pp 118-124

Comments on Some Misconceptions in Electrochemistry

Sebastian G. Canagaratna

Department of Chemistry, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH 45810
Received July 7, 2006. Accepted September 5, 2006.

Published online: 7 March 2006

Abstract. Most textbooks of chemistry at the freshman level do not follow the definitions or terminology recommended by the IUPAC. There is also a tendency to assume that some principles should be obvious to students from a study of physics. Studies of misconceptions in electrochemistry suggest that the above assumption is unwarranted. This article examines misconceptions that arise from deviations from the IUPAC recommendations and discusses some other misconceptions in terms of “potential profile” diagrams.

Key Words: In the Classroom; general chemistry; physical chemistry; analytic chemistry; electrochemistry; nomenclature

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Issue date: April 1, 2006

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