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ExamQ asking how spontaneous human combustion is impossible!

Postby FrankBaker » 19 May 2014, 00:02

What do you think of this? Is this unprofessional on the educational system's side?

My son has a practice exam paper he brought home a couple of weeks ago, and I was appalled:

Here it is: '''' ' Breaking apart a molecule through combination of oxygen is burning and is also how we measure the energy content of the chemical bonds, in calories using a calorimeter. However, cell metabolism is a ''slow burn''. Write the reason why rapid direct oxidation cannot naturally occur in the cell environment-that is, why ''spontaneous human combustion'' is not possible. '''

Are biased questions such as this commonplace in science papers? How is such a wrongful statement even allowed? There have been many cases of SHC. It is far from 'impossible' and very disgraceful to the families affected. Does anyone know if I can report the educational board for such a question?
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Re: ExamQ asking how spontaneous human combustion is impossi

Postby NinjaPuppy » 19 May 2014, 06:40

I do find the question unusual.

Does anyone know if I can report the educational board for such a question?

I don't see why you can't. Parents report all sorts of stuff all the time.
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Re: ExamQ asking how spontaneous human combustion is impossi

Postby ProfWag » 24 May 2014, 21:16

Most scientists don't believe that SHC is possible. However, as a former instructor, I can assure you that if the student proposed a counter to the question that showed why it IS possible, a good grade on the paper is possible.
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