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Thursday, August 7 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
S72: Mathematics; Its Role in Teaching and Learning Chemistry, Part II

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We had a very productive discussion at the 2012 BCCE and will continue along some of the following threads; please feel free to suggest others. A lack of fluency with mathematics can present an unnecessary obstacle to a life-science major and future career. What mathematics must students understand and be able to do to succeed in general chemistry, thus what skills should they bring from high school preparatory or introductory chemistry? When students aren’t prepared for our course, for what part of mathematics instruction must we take responsibility? Is the mathematics that students study in their math classes the same mathematics they will use in your class? How can mathematics education research inform us regarding the issues our students encounter in our courses? Some students approach calculations algorithmically and problem-solve without a full conceptual understanding. How can we affect this? What new diagnostics are available? How are they best designed? What about math diagnostics for physical chemistry?

Presider: W. Cary Kilner, University of New Hampshire

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P1006: Perspectives on assessing math readiness in general chemistry at three institutions (10:15 am to 10:35 am)
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W. Cary Kilner

University of New Hampshire

Thursday August 7, 2014 9:30am - 12:30pm
LTT 101