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Rearrangement of Atoms

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Explain that the properties of a compound may not be inferred from the properties of elements made up of its constituent atoms.

  • Use particle diagrams to represent the reactants and products of a reaction between elements.

  • Evaluate models of the rearrangement of atoms during a chemical reaction between two elements.

  • Explain observations of reactions in which elements combine in terms of a change in arrangement of atoms resulting in new properties.

  • Use a chemical formula to predict possible products of a thermal decomposition reaction.

The resources include details of common misconceptions and a summary of the research upon which the resources are based.

Download the zip file for all the questions and activities.

More resources like this can be found on the BEST webpage:  Best Evidence in Science Teaching

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