Some students think that gases do not have mass

Properties of Matter

Misconception RESEARCH REVIEW

For example, some students believe that air weighs nothing. They may also believe that “gas always weighs less than a solid.”

Diagnostic Resources

The following worksheets may help to identify whether students hold this particular misconception.

For more information, see the University of York BEST website.

References

  • Lee, O., Eichinger, D. C., Anderson, C. W., Berkheimer, G. D. and Blakeslee, T. D., () Changing Middle School Students’ Conceptions of Matter and Molecules, Journal of research in science teaching, 30 (3)

    249-270.

    Review sheet

  • Stavy, R., () Children's Conception of Gas, International Journal of Science Education, 10 (5)

    553-560.

    Review sheet

  • Andersson, B., () Pupils' Conceptions of Matter and its Transformations (age 12-16), Studies in Science Education, 18,

    53-85.

    Review sheet

  • Stavy, R., () Children's conception of changes in the state of matter: from liquid (or solid) to gas, Journal of research in science teaching, 27 (3)

    247-266.

    Review sheet

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