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Abstract Volume 14 Issue 5 (2009) pp 208-211

Why Do Students have to Learn about Molecular Structure and Chemical Bonding?

Maria Vlassi* and Alexandra Lymperopoulou-Karaliota

Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis Zografou 15771, Athens-Greece, mvlassi@yahoo.com
Received July 30, 2008. Accepted July 1 2009

Published online: 29 December 2009

Abstract. The fact that the objects have many differences in their properties is due to the structure of the compounds as well as the kinds of chemical bonding.The main goal of this study is to suggest some interested examples and applications from the studentsí everyday life combined with the structure and bonding. These examples are introduced through a scenario of an undergraduate studentís daily routine. The answers of the studentís queries posed in the scenario indicate why students have to learn about molecular structure and chemical bonding.

Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; organic chemistry; chemical bonding; chemical structure; intermolecular forces; molecular properties; real-world examples

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: mvlassi@yahoo.com)

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Issue date: Dec, 31, 2009

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