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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 18 (2013) pp 035-037
DOI 10.1007/s00897132467a

An Educational Model for Introducing Acid-Base Chemistry and Calculations in a Visually Affirmative Fashion in a General Chemistry Setting

Sarah Hopkins, Elizabeth Palmieri, Kyle Williams, and Charles D. Norris*

Department of Chemistry, College of Science, University of Findlay, Findlay, OH 45840, norrisc@findlay.edu Received November 25, 2012.
Accepted February 11, 2013.

Published: 22 Febuary 2013

Abstract. One of the more challenging types of calculations that undergraduate STEM majors, including chemistry students face early on in their coursework is that of mastering acid-base chemistry. This manuscript describes a simplified visual method for introducing the basic types of acid (or base) calculations to the struggling STEM student with a weak mathematics background. Sample calculations are included, and limitations are discussed.

Key Words: In the Classroom; high school/introductory chemistry; first year undergraduate/general; demonstrations; hands-on learning/manipulatives; acids; bases; pH

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: norrisc@findlay.edu)

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