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The Chemistry course at Maroochydore State High School emphasises a contextual approach that aims to give “real life” meaning to the study of Chemistry and being able to work scientifically in the laboratory.

There is one assessment item per term. The first three terms in Yr 11 are considered formative and enables students to gain familiarity with assessment styles and rigour. A students exit level at Yr 12 is determined by summative assessment in term 4 yr 11, and Yr 12.



TERM 1: Metal Extraction Chemistry

This topic will examine the role of redox, and thermochemistry in the process of extracting metals from their ores. Students will experimentally process a mineral sample to extract the metal from it.

Assessment: Part A - Examination (mid-term) Part B - Response to Stimulus (end of term)

Learning Goals and Success Criteria

Booklet 1: Metals and Electrochemistry - Main booklet for knowledge component of the exam

REDOX - CrashCourse, nice and simple good intro

Oxidation Numbers - Isaacsteach

Assigning Oxidation Numbers - Tyler DeWitt. As always, methodical and excellent (15 mins)

Balancing by Oxidation Numbers - By "Stan's Academy of Chemistry". Not bad, does track using much the same process we need to learn.

Questions on balancing using Ox Numbers - Mark Bishop's Chemistry site. Four questions, some examples, with answers.

Explaination of Zinc/Copper Cell - nice and simple good visuals

Understanding the Standard Reduction Potentials - how to use them for galvanic cells and spontaneous reactions

Booklet 2 Metal Extraction Chemistry - Comparative extraction techniques

Booklet 3: Copper Extraction - Main Scientific Process component of course

TERM 2: Rates of Reaction

The concept of rates of reactions are introduced and developed. Students choose a reaction to study rates and determine the rate law/orders.

Assessment: Extended Experimental Investigation - Report

Term planner

EEI Assessment Task (not yet available - beginning week 3

PwrPt on Reaction Rates - Heads Up! I made this about 10 yrs ago so it is ancient. Covers all the theory you need. The slide...STOPSimply means the easy stuff stops here.

Scaffolding for a Scientific report A guide to what should be in the sections of your report

An example of a report Not a Year 12 "A" standard report, written for yr10 Science Extension, but a good starting point. Has scaffolding, exemplar and annotations.

Rates of reaction: extensive theoretical coverage split into separate sections - Chemguide

Introducing chemical Kinetics - Rate law equations -

Reaction Kinetics and Rate laws - Sparknotes, written using a discussion style genre and split up into easy to understand sections

Rates of reaction - an Introduction - Bozeman Science. The first of a series of 3 relevant videos

Rates of reaction - The Rate Law - Bozeman Science. The 2nd of a series of 3 relevant videos

Rates of reaction - The Rate Constant - Bozeman Science. The 3rd of a series of 3 relevant videos

Reaction rate laws - by Brainstorm Science. An explaination of a very simple way of determining a rate law from data. Note the value of each "order" is determined approximatly, not exactly (which you should be trying to do if you can)

Reaction Mechanisms - by Brainstorm Science. How mechanisms are related to the rate law. Note - you will have to devise a mechanism consistant with your experimentally determined rate law (slightly different approach to this video where a mechanism is supplied)

Writing your EEI rates report A few tips, but no replacement for hard work

TERM 3: Drugs and Aspirin

The understanding of organic chemistry completed in Year 11 is extended to include functional groups. Aspirin will be prepared and tested. Instrumental methods capable of determining drugs will be examined.

Assessment: Examination

Term planner

IUPAC nomenclature of functional groups - Definitions and rules for naming relevant function groups

Online questions on Nomenclature - This will ask a range of questions and you can check your answers, very useful, we will do in class as a learning exercise

Worksheet on Nomenclature - homework online copy here

Strucure of Chemical Flavours - primarily for our work on Esters which are a major source of chemical flavouring.

Drug structures - various legal and illegal drugs. Write the molecular formula for each one (count up all the atoms). Circle and name as many functional (alcohol, acid, ester, etc)groups as you can.

Chemical detective - on identifying functional groups. will do a practical activity similar to this.

An interactive synthesis of Aspirin - very detailed and great for understanding - takes time though.

RSC Aspirin booklet - filled with background information and the chemistry of Aspirin

Analysis of an Aspirin tablet - practical activity. not part of our course yet.

TERM 4: Forensic Chemistry

Methods of determining unknowns (cations & anions) are investigated. Amino acids and DNA analysis along with the role of a forensic chemist are studied.

Assessment: Examination

Term planner

Precipitates - Crash course Chemistry. Does not directly touch on the identification of cations and anions using solubility, but does discuss several basic and important points to understand.

General solubility Table and Questions - a good place to start. Some general questions to gain understanding about solubility and how it is used to identify anions and cations.

Identifying Cations - Tables and Questions. You will need your text book as there is some nuances of testing not included in the table and flowchart

Identifying Anions - Tables and Questions. You will need your text book as again, there is some nuances of testing not included in the table and flowchart

Diagnostic test - on Cations and Anions work

Answers to Dignostic test

Practice test - Some basic and some hard Qs. Good opportunity reflect on your answers. The A/B level Qs require you to effectively supporting your decisions with descriminating evidence.

Revision Sheet - pretty good revision sheet, big thanks to David Miller for preparing this one!

Gary Turner Science

QLD Alan Druery Excellence in Teaching Award (QCT)
QLD Secondary Teacher of the year Award (AISTL)
QLD Centenary of Federation Teaching Award (RACI)
Peter Doherty Excellence in Science Teaching Award
Prime Minister Commendation for Science Education Award