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PST2C42:

Student Understanding of the Concepts of Substance and Chemical Change*
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 6:00 PM -6:45 PM
  Author: Amy Robertson, University of Washington
(206) 251-1194, awrob@uw.edu
  Co-Author(s): Peter S. Shaffer , Lillian C McDermott
  Abstract: One of the fundamental notions in basic chemistry is that a chemical change is a process that transforms substances and conserves atoms. As part of a multi-year study on student reasoning about topics related to the particle nature of matter, a set of questions was designed to probe the extent to which university-level chemistry students apply the description of chemical change articulated above. Results from these questions will be presented and compared with results from previous studies involving K-12 students.
  Footnotes: *This work has been supported under a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
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