Chemistry is concerned with the nature of substances and how they behave and interact. It looks at substances at the level of the atom up to its “macro” structure – external appearance and behaviour.
Major topics include:
Atoms – atomic theory, structure, periodic table, historical development of science
Acids and bases – What they are and how they react.
Redox Reactions – oxidations and reduction reactions
Chemical Kinetics – How fast Chemical Equilibrium – How far Environmental Chemistry – Water and the atmosphere Metals.
Organic Chemistry – origins in crude oil to make Alcohol, perfumes, soaps & plastics.
All of these topics are related to modern life & society – about 20% for the social and applied aspects of the course.
Skills developed include – observation, recording, manual dexterity (in 28 mandatory experiments).
Logical reasoning and clarity of explanation.
Some mathematical skills are developed. The ability to picture images in your head is a very useful skill to have.
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