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

  • Recognise that a catalyst increases the rate of formation of new substances by increasing the rate of a chemical reaction.           
  • Recognise that increasing the surface area of a solid catalyst increases rate of reaction between substances in the gas state.  
  • Recognise that a catalyst cannot increase the yield (total amount of product) of a chemical reaction.   
  • Explain how increasing temperature increases the rate of reaction by increasing the frequency of successful collisions.           
  • Identify an energy profile diagram that shows a catalysed reaction (with lowered activation energy).

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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