Is mathematics to blame? An investigation into high school students' difficulty in performing calculations in chemistry

Scott, Fraser J. (2012) Is mathematics to blame? An investigation into high school students' difficulty in performing calculations in chemistry. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 13 (3). pp. 330-336.

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Abstract

Mathematical ability is a major contributory factor to the success of a student in any science course. This paper aims to determine the source of the difficulty that students often find when performing calculations in chemistry. Through the design and analysis of a set of chemistry questions and analogous mathematics questions, set in a Standard Grade context, it is revealed that a basic grasp of mathematics is missing.