Learning Dimensional Analysis through Collaboratively Working with Manipulatives
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Chem. Educ.
First-Year Undergraduate/General; High School/Introductory Chemistry; Chemical Education Research; Collaborative/Cooperative Learning; Hands-On Learning/Manipulatives; Mathematics/Symbolic Mathematics; Nomenclature/Units/Symbols; CHEMISTRY; MATHEMATICS; MODEL; GAME; Chemistry, Multidisciplinary; Education, Scientific Disciplines
Dimensional analysis is traditionally one of the first topics covered in a general chemistry course. Chemists use dimensional analysis as a tool to keep track of units and guide them through calculations. Although unit conversions are taught in a variety of subjects over several grade levels, many students have not mastered this topic by the time they enter college. To properly equip beginning chemistry students, a collaborative active-learning activity was developed. This article describes the activity and reports data of the effects it had on students' performance in a first-semester general chemistry course at a large research institution.
Journal of Chemical Education
"Learning Dimensional Analysis through Collaboratively Working with Manipulatives" (2011). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 1841.