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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

If the answer is correct it should get full marks, even if it wasn't the answer you expected. The student can't know what you expected, of course. Yes, concede, though I don't see it as a technicality....
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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

which is also correct I think you've answered your own question. If it's correct, then it's correct and should be marked as correct. Why would you mark an answer you've identified as correct as ...
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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

Unless you're also teaching your students how to read your mind, in which case only the answer you were thinking of deserves full credit, then yes, the student deserves full credit. If "...
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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

Like Federico Poloni, I can’t fully agree with the top answers. Correctness isn’t the only criterion answers are typically judged by: there’s also usually an expected level of completeness or ...
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ChemRxiv vs. arXiv acceptance

The main problem is that your impressions seem to be incorrect. (At least from my maths perspective) Putting a preprint on arxiv is just that, namely putting up a preprint. Almost everything put on ...
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ChemRxiv vs. arXiv acceptance

Clarifying note: this addresses the main thrust of question regarding preprints: even in preprint-happy disciplines, preprints are not a replacement for peer-review. It's really just cultural, and in ...
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How do I acknowledge an equipment malfunction in a manuscript I'm submitting to a journal?

Maybe: "The first data point was lost due to a malfunction of the equipment." "Due to problems with the instrumentation, we could only obtain two HPLC values." You might need to ...
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Has the nature of the biological sciences shifted to cell/molecular biology instead of physical science/biochemistry/enzymology?

Yes, this has changed over time, as the number of easily answered open questions in classical biochemistry, enzymology and metabolism is reduced over time. This is much like chemistry itself, where ...
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ChemRxiv vs. arXiv acceptance

In short, preprints are newer in chemistry due to historical roadblocks. Many chemists (including myself) have put preprints on arXiv for years - although mostly in the theoretical or physical ...
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Is it a good choice to join a sandwich doctorate (doctoral stay)?

Sandwich doctorates are used in countries without developed higher education to bring their academic elite up to high international levels while limiting the costs. More importantly, since a full ...
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My professor has barely taught my class so I've only passed by a hair. Is there anything I can do? Someone higher up I could contact?

does anybody have any advice on someone I can contact about an unfair grade? You have not presented any evidence that your grade was unfair. An unfair grade would be if you answered questions ...
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How many students are typical for an advisor?

I have worked as a postdoctoral fellow in China for two years. My experience was mainly with two institutions -- CAS/Beijing and SCAU/Guangzhou --, but I have visited a few others informally. Thus I ...
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I’m an international PhD student getting kicked out from my research group. I really need a PhD. Any advice?

I'm sorry to hear that you're going through such a challenging time. Dealing with depression, personal issues, and a difficult project can harm your overall well-being and academic performance. Here ...
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How many students are typical for an advisor?

It depends on many factors: Does the professor have any intense other duties like teaching, committee work, own research, being an editor, writing grants, etc. or can they focus on supervising? Does ...
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How do I acknowledge an equipment malfunction in a manuscript I'm submitting to a journal?

the damn equipment didn't work ... which is nothing particularly unusual. You mention it and that's it. You may want to spell out that & why your samples could not be stored without degradation ...
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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

I'll go against the other answers and argue here that there are valid reasons to assign only partial credit. I know nothing about chemistry, but from Wikipedia I gather that a neutralization reaction ...
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How long does one give coauthors to review a draft before submission?

For me it does not matter if they are minor or major contributors. I send the manuscript to everyone with a generous deadline for comments - usually 3-4 weeks if it is the first reviewing round, and 1-...
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How can one join the Royal Society of Chemistry as an AMRSC (or MRSC) without a referee?

From the help page of the Royal Society of Chemistry: Who can be a referee for my membership application? Preferably a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, however if you do not know a ...
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Should I give full credit for a correct answer different from the expected one to an exam question?

I taught high school chemistry, and I would say the answer depends very much on what the overall topic of the exam was. If it was clear from context what you were looking for (say, the topic was "...
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Is it possible to change the application area of research while looking for a postdoc position after PhD?

For whatever it’s worth, I changed my field between PhD and postdocs as well. In my case, my main goal was to find a thriving field (where I could make some use of my skills and that would match my ...
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Urgent help to decide on degree choice

My opinion. At your age (at any age) planning years ahead is hard. I'd recommend doing what excites you most and what you're best at. That seems to be chemistry. Doors may open (or close) down the ...
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Cannot find a research group for my PhD program before fall 2021

I've known people to be in similar circumstances, though due to funding crunches rather than the pandemic. You should be able to work with your graduate program to find a suitable resolution, either ...
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Has the nature of the biological sciences shifted to cell/molecular biology instead of physical science/biochemistry/enzymology?

I'm less familiar with those specific fields but I can answer a bit from my own field in biology, neuroscience. The word neuroscience is quite new, credited to the early 1960s. Neuroscience degrees ...
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GRE Scores for Graduate programs in Chemistry

While I am not in Chemistry, I can tell you from a US perspective that there is no such thing as a GRE score that guarantees acceptance. As long as you are above any "minimum score" (which most places ...
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What should I do in this grading appeal situation?

Your story indicates one of the reasons why it is always worth following formal appeals processes if they exist. Formal processes create audit trails that make it hard for anyone to deny the existence ...
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How do I acknowledge an equipment malfunction in a manuscript I'm submitting to a journal?

The question you need to settle first, is why you believe that your HPLC data from days 2 & 3 is meaningful. "the damn equipment didn't work and I was a lone grad student in the lab on fall ...
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How long does one give coauthors to review a draft before submission?

As someone who was once a somewhat new PI in Chemistry/Materials/Nano Science, I will offer up some tangential unsolicited advice. As your career progresses, you will get plenty of opportunities for ...
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Which writing style for uncertainties?

Yes, there is an agreed upon standard and it is specified in the Guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement (GUM), section 7.2.2, prepared by the Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology (an ...
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Is obtaining a MS degree in Chemistry useful to strengthen your CV if you wish to apply to a top PhD program in Chemistry?

Short answer is yes, you probably should take it or a position like it if you want a PhD from a top US school. It sounds like you don't have many or any papers as a coauthor and your current school's ...
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