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A problem in learning Bohr's theory of hydrogen atom

Activity by Dileep Sathe   |   added on Nov 19, 2010   |   India Official_iyc_logo

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Some unique problems in teaching / learning Bohr's theory

According to the group of Carl Wieman, some educators think that Bohr's theory of atom should not be taught in schools and colleges because it inhibits students' ability to learn the true quantum nature of electrons in atoms, though the evidence for educators' feeling is weak [S.B. McKagan et al March 2008, http://prst-per.aps.org/abstract/PRSTPER/v4/i1/e010103] However, I have raised some other points, which could be easily raised by students and which can make the learning / teaching of this theory into some unique difficulties. I discussed them earlier in an essay in memory of Abdus Salam [Dileep Sathe http://old.iupac.org/publications/cei/vol2/pdfs/0201x0026.pdf] but considering the importance of Bohr's theory in physics and chemistry, it would be appropriate and beneficial to re-discuss those points in an event of the I.Y.C. - as the centenary of this theory is also nearing rapidly. Now I am retired, use my new email address: dvsathe[at]gmail.com


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