Chemical Kinetics: Misconceptions & Difficulties CIDER Communications

Misconceptions & Difficulties in Chemical Kinetics as cited in the Chemistry Education literature: CIDER Communications



Student difficulties (alternate conceptions/misconceptions)

Sherry Seethaler, and Analyzing General Chemistry Texts’ Treatment of Rates of Change Concepts in Reaction Kinetics Reveals Missing Conceptual Links  J. Chem. Educ. 2018, 95 pp 28-36.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00238

Bain, K.; Towns, M. H. A Review of Research on the Teaching and Learning of Chemical Kinetics. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 2016, 17(2), 246262.

Çakmakci, G.; Aydogdu, C. Designing and Evaluating an Evidence-Informed Instruction in Chemical Kinetics. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 2011, 12 (1), 1528.

Kolomuç, A.; Tekin, S. Chemistry TeachersMisconceptions Concerning Concept of Chemical Reaction Rate. Eurasian J. of Phys. Chem. Educ. 2011, 3 (2), 84101.

Cakmakci, G. Identifying alternative conceptions of chemical kinetics among secondary school and undergraduate students in Turkey.  J. Chem. Educ.201087 (4), pp 449–455. DOI: 10.1021/ed8001336.

Çakmakci, G.; Leach, J.; Donnelly, J. StudentsIdeas about Reaction Rate and Its Relationship with Concentration or Pressure. Int. J. Sci. Educ. 2006, 28 (15), 17951815.

Cakmakci, G.; Leach, J.; Donnelly, J. Int. J. Sci. Educ. 2006, 28, 1795–1816.

Justi, R. Teaching and Learning Chemical Kinetics. In Chemical Education: Towards Research-Based Practice; Gilbert, J. K., de Jong, O., Justi, R., Treagust, D., van Driel, J. H., Eds.; Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2002; pp 293-315.

Bezuidenhout, J. First-Year University StudentsUnderstanding of Rate of Change. Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 1998, 29 (3), 389 399.

van Driel, J. H. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. Eur. 2002, 3, 201–213.

Cakmakci, G.; Leach, J.; Donnelly, J. Int. J. Sci. Educ. 2006, 28, 1795–1816.

Quisenberry, K. T.; Tellinghuisen, J. Textbook Deficiencies: Ambiguities in Chemical Kinetics Rates and Rate Constants. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83 (3), 510512. DOI: 10.1021/ed083p510.

Robert K. Boyd Some common oversimplifications in teaching chemical kinetics J. Chem. Educ.197855 (2), p 84 DOI: 10.1021/ed055p84.

Bektaşli, B.; Çakmakci, G. Consistency of StudentsIdeas about the Concept of Rate across Different Contexts. Educ. Sci. 2011, 36 (162), 273287.

Kinetics Experiments

College Board. AP Chemistry Guided Inquiry Experiments: Applying the Science Practices Student Manual; College Board: New York, NY, 2013; pp 213−232.

Flinn Scientific, I. Kinetics of Crystal Violet Fading. http://www. (accessed Nov 2014).

Kehoe, E.; Penn, R. L. Introducing Colorimetric Analysis with Camera Phones and Digital Cameras: An Activity for High School or General Chemistry. J. Chem. Educ. 2013, 90, 1191−1195.

Kazmierczak, N., Vander Griend, D.A.  Improving student results in the crystal violet chemical kinetics experiment. J. Chem. Educ.201794 (1), pp 61–66 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00408.

Cannon, J. F.; Gammon, S. D.; Hunsberger, L. R. KineticsLab: The Crystal Violet/Sodium Hydroxide Reaction. J. Chem. Educ. 1994, 71, 238.

Corsaro, G. Colorimetric Chemical Kinetics Experiment. J. Chem. Educ. 1964, 41, 48.

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