Estructura de la materia: De saberes y pensares

Translated title of the contribution: Structure of matter: Knowing vs. Thinking

Ana Martínez, Jesús Valdés, Vicente Talanquer, José Antonio Chamizo

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This paper describes an alternative approach to the teaching of topics related to atomic and molecular structure of matter at the college level. Traditional chemistry courses in this area focus on describing what we know about the basic characteristics and properties of atoms and molecules. We claim that a better educational approach would be to teach students how to think using submicroscopic models of matter to solve relevant problems. A concrete example of the proposed curricular approach is presented in the paper.

Translated title of the contributionStructure of matter: Knowing vs. Thinking
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)361-369
Number of pages9
JournalEducacion Quimica
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Atomic structure
  • Modeling
  • Models
  • Molecular structure
  • Reasoning
  • Structure of matter
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Education


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