Rationalising rates

Scott, Fraser (2020) Rationalising rates. Education in Chemistry. ISSN 0013-1350 (https://edu.rsc.org/education-research/6-tips-for-...)

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What to look out for graphically when teaching reaction kinetics. Chemists often represent the underlying models of chemical kinetics graphically, such as when plotting concentration v time or rate v time. Studies have shown that students have difficulties understanding rate and rate constant, and that graphical representations often make it more challenging. A recent study from researchers in the US investigated the relationship between students' models of reaction rate, and the graphical representations they use to describe them.