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Thinking through multiple choice questions

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Consider a very simple question, What does two plus two make? The obvious correct answer is four. Most people will arrive at four by simple... more

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  • 10 Jun Geoffrey Neuss
    IB specific books
    Hi Peili, None of the new books have been written/published yet as the new syllabus has still not been officially released. Teaching of the new syllabus was due to start this August/September for first exams in 2023 but now it has been put...
  • 10 Jun Peili Sun
    IB specific books
    Dear Geoffrey, I wonder when will the students should use new version of IB books for the examinations. I remember the syllabus would be changed theses years. But I am not sure of the exact time when syllabus changes and when my students should...
  • 9 Jun Geoffrey Neuss
    MC test: Entropy & spontaneity
    Hi Thomas, ΔG and ΔH do both have the same units. as they are both energy. It is ΔS that has the units J K-1 mol-1. Multiplying ΔS by T then gives the units of energy.
  • 8 Jun Thomas Szartowicz
    MC test: Entropy & spontaneity
    Dear Geoffrey, I think there is a slight mistake in Q 2:"ΔG and ΔH both have the units of kJ mol−1". ΔG: JK-1 mol-1. Or the question should be different? Cheers Thomas
  • 7 Jun William Macleod
    Internal Assessment
    Thanks for the reply
  • 7 Jun Geoffrey Neuss
    Internal Assessment
    Hi William, It sounds very reasonable to me. It is after all only meant to be a ten hour piece of work so what you describe should be fine. Depending upon the research question an alternative might be to do it for five different concentrations...
  • 7 Jun William Macleod
    Internal Assessment
    Hello Geof, One of my students wants to do a reaction rate IA. He is concerned about the amount of data he would need to collect. I assured him that as long as he uses 3 diff concentrations, measuring vol of gas given of against time. Using...
  • Thanks for reporting this John - it is corrected now. Glad you are enjoying them.
  • Looks like this problem has a missing NMR data. Has two sets of MS data. Cheers. Love these problems.
  • 2 Jun Geoffrey Neuss
    Writing the essay
    Hi Olga, If you are not happy with the process then as a responsible teacher you have every right not to allow the student to carry out the experiment in your laboratory. Perhaps you can show your student the relevant safety rules – the...
  • 2 Jun Olga Cano
    Writing the essay
    Dear Professor Neuss. I have a problem with a student. He wants to do the EE on the benefits (energy and environmental) of a new fuel that mixes gasoline with alcohol. He wants to burn the fuel and measure the amount of energy and the amount...
  • 27 May Geoffrey Neuss
    Reacting masses and volumes
    If I was marking it I would mark "intermolecular forces comes into play" (OWTTE) as correct. I suspect no student actually wrote the second possible answer given.

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