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Offline plyrjohn404

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Why do we persist in teaching models of the atom we know are wrong?

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Re: Why do we persist in teaching models of the atom we know are wrong?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2009, 02:38:07 AM »
This is the fascination of science. If all the knowledges you have learned were absolutely right, you will be a container of knowledge. The purpose of education is to teach students how to find the mistake and how to creat knowledge.

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Re: Why do we persist in teaching models of the atom we know are wrong?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2009, 07:03:24 AM »
It's not so much as they are "wrong" models, but models that suffice for understanding at different levels. Imagine telling 5-year-olds about MO theory and QM - you won't get far.

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