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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: What is the Matter

This unit is an introduction to the course of Chemistry. Fundamental concepts related to atoms, compounds, formulas, physical and chemical properties and the periodic table are introduced.

Term planner - Goals and SC

Assessment: Extended Experimental Investigation - Report

EEI Term 1 Assessment

GUIDE to writing an EEI scientific report - Contains extensive scaffolding, an exemplar, and annotation about the exemplar. Aimed at extension science Year ten level, but useful for Chemistry students to get you started.

Review of Yr 10 CHEMISTRY - skills recap

Periodic Table and Mendeleev Crash Course

Elements and reactivity - 3 page worksheet covering key ideas in this section

Valence electrons and the periodic table - Tyler DeWitt (Simple,Excellent)

Writing chemical (ionic) formulas Tyler Dwitt - good simple introduction

Formula writing practice

Flowchart for naming Chemical compounds This is a web based link from North Thurston Public School. If you search for the powerpoint it will download directly.

Balancing Equation - "how to" and Q sheets A comprehensive text and video guide to balancing chem eqns. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and there are several links to worksheets with practice questions and answers

QUIZ on Balancing Equations 10 question multiple choice quiz.

Unknown White Powder Experiment - experimental procedure, practice for the assessment piece.

Electronic configeration (review) - worksheet: complete the electronic comfigeration of the first 20 elements

Bohr model of the atom - an older video, but a very comprehensive explaination of a complex idea

Why atoms lose or gain electrons - actually called "octet rule and valence charges" - it claims to be clear and simple and it actually is

The periodic table on the planet MuAran If you can do this you know all you need to know! Use the clues on electron configeration and ions to complete the periodic table of MuAran elements

How Atoms bond: Ionic bonding An NBC/NSF video but presented at the Science 360 Video site (loads faster at this site) - Really good simple introduction

Ionic bonding theory Boundless Education - good work

Quantum Mechanical view of the Atom - Excellent

TERM 2: What is the Solution

The major types of bonding in and between atoms/compounds will be explored. The Chemistry of Solutions will be covered. The concept of moles and molarity will be introduced and developed.

Assessment: Examination

Term planner


GOAL: Use the ionic bonding model to explain the properties of ionic compounds

Simple QUIZ Chemical Bonding Good to do once an introduction of the four bonding models is done

Brief notes on Ionic Bonding Good to have in front of you for this lesson or use as study notes

Ionic bonding - part 1 Tyler DeWitt (good background)

Ionic bonding - part 2 Tyler DeWitt (good background)

Ionic bonding - part 3 Tyler DeWitt (good background)

Ionic bonding Mexus Education (the one video you must watch!) - an oldie but a goodie.

Properties of ionic bonding - not professionally produced but well explained

MC quiz on Ionic Bonding

Practice short answer questions must do practice for the exam


GOAL: Use the metallic bonding model to explain the properties of metal elements

Metallic bonding Mexus Education - an oldie but a goodie.

Brief notes on Metallic Bonding

Quiz on Metallic Bonding

Practice short answer questions must do practice for the exam


GOAL: Use the covalent molecular bonding model to explain the properties of covalent molecular substances

Lewis diagrams for covalent molecules - crashcourse

Lewis diagrams for covalent molecules - Sciencepost - for those who like it a little slower than crashcourse (lets face it that is most of us)

Covalent Molecular Bonding brief notes

Quiz (easy) on Covalent Molecular Bonding

VSEPR Theory - Science post, very methodical and clear

VSEPR Theory - Tyler DeWitt

Practice in VSEPR Theory - Tyler DeWitt

Polarity in covalent molecules - Sciencepost, very methodical and clear

Intermolecular forces - by Dr Paul McCord. Good coverage and very clear

Intermolecular forces flowchart - may help you organise you thoughts on the 3 types of Intermolecular bonding

Quiz (tough) on Covalent Molecular Bonding

Questions (tradional exam style)on covalent molecular bonding 6 pages of questions

Properties of ionic and Covalent Online quiz - Doc brown site - questions may not load in all browsers (chrome works,IE not) - good simple revision for properties and bonding


GOAL: Describe a chemical reaction in terms of moles of reactant or product

The following three vids all address the mole. find one which makes sense to you. The mole is not a concept we actually assess you on, but is a vital concept for you to understand for the rest of the unit.

The mole - by Brainstorm

The mole and Molar mass - by JFR Science - very good

The mole - a series of videos - by Tyler DeWitt. A collection of 11 videos (vids 1,2,5,6 and 8 are most useful)

Simple mass, concentration, gas volume (STP) calculations - not involving a reaction (no balanced equation needed)

Calculation flowchart for basic stoichiometric Q's - my version of a maths map for beginning Chemists. Very customisable so change as you like. Updated copies with more complicated calculations appear in later units.

Stoichiometry (9mins) - by JFR Science - excellent and simple. At 3:45 the basic 3 step outline of stoichiometry is shown - very very important.

Also Stoichiometry (15 mins) - Mad Scientist - slower, more detailed and also excellent and simple

Stoichiometry - how to do - My own video (33 mins). First video of mine (a few things to improve) - shows my method for doing these Qs. Covers all the basic types of Stoichiometry questions

mass to mass simple 3 step Stoichiometry questions - need to be able to do these in your sleep!

Stoichiometry Worksheet - range of questions. Good intro to exam style questions although none are "extension".

Percentage yield questions - an extra step on the regular stoichiometry qs

Limiting Reagent - by Tyler DeWitt.

Limiting reagent questions - These are the hardest style of Stoichiometry questions

Complex question sheet - range of complex but closed questions on stoichiometry

Percentage Composition questions - these are a stand alone type of question, a different style to the others

Answers to revision sheet

Answers to VIP revision sheet - pdf

TERM 3: Burn Baby Burn

This unit introduces the nomenclature and properties of organic chemistry – primarily alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and alcohols. Fermentation and distillation reactions will be performed in the laboratory. The concepts of enthalpy and intropy are introduced and students will qualitatively and quantitatively assess the suitability of ethanol and petrol as fuel sources.

Assessment: Response to Stimulus (exam conditions)

Term planner

IUPAC Nomenclature - for Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, Alcohols, and Halogenated compounds.

Intro to Enthalpy and Stoichiometry

Enthalpy - by crashcourse chemistry. Good overview. Watch but don't take notes

Enthalpy and Change in Enthalpy - by Brightstorm - copy for notes on Enthalpy

Thermochemical Equations - by Brightstorm - copy for notes on Thermochemical equations

Energy diagrams - by Brightstorm - Copy. After the video practice explaining the energy diagram to the person behind you. Together figure out a description and write this down as notes beside the diagram

Enthalpy Notes and Questions - bysparknotes. Covers our courses and more (Entropy). Brief and Succinct, read slowly and think hard, typical textbook phrasing.

How to do simple Change in Enthalpy questions - Tyler DeWitt clip. Not a huge fan of his "conversion" method and I recommend the algebraic (formula) style, but he is very, very clear.

My teaching of Enthalpy - first half

My Teaching of Enthalpy - Second half

Worksheet on Enthalpy and Stoichiometry - nice simple questions, good intro. Adapted from

Me teaching Calorimetry - Experimental calculations of change in Enthalpy for reactions

Calorimetry of Fuels worksheet - only 3 questions, but with answers. original is not mine.

Fuels and Calorimetry - variations in fuel calorimetry questions. Bit harder than simple application of process. Also with answers. Original is not mine.

Bond Energies and Enthalpy

Calculating Enthalpy change using Bond Energies - fousses on "how" to do the calculation, not the "why" but quite clear and methodical. I recommend seperating the reactant calculation to the left of the page and the products to the right for more structure to your answer.

Bond Energy Calculations - covers the basics of doing the calculations, has an embedded video. Quite good, simple and direct. Does not discuss non-gaseous examples.

Worksheet on Bond energies - good place to start. Has only one combustion Q though, which are the focus for this unit.

Hess's Law, Heat of Formation, and Enthalpy

Hess's Law - Professor Dave explain Hess's Law and then Heats of Formation.

Heat of Formation worksheet - Brief intro to Heats of Formation and some questions. Adapted from here

Study notes

Study notes for Enthalpy, Heat, and Stoichiometry - uses the frayer model. We went through how to use this in some detail in class

Study notes for Calorimetry - uses the frayer model. Same as above really


Worksheet on range of Questions - more questions here than you need. We will do only some in class.

TERM 4: Gases

The physical properties of gases, including changes in volume, pressure and temperature are explored. Quantitative measures of gases using gas laws will used by students. The kinetic theory of gases and the variations due to real gas behaviour will be learnt.
Assessment: Examination

Term planner - Success Criteria and Learning goals

Principles of General Chemistry - Chapter 10 Gases. Free to download, a creative commons licence

AP CHEMISTRY - GASES - appears a little complicated but covers same topics as our course: has good practice questions

Homework Sheet 1 - covers Success Criteria 3 to 8, and Learning Goal 1. Detentions if this is not done.

Answers to Homework Sheet 1

Homework Sheet two - covers Charles's Law and the Combined Gas Law

Answers to Homework Sheet 2

Homework Sheet Three - covers Ideal gas law and revision

Answers to Homework Sheet 3

Homework Sheet Four - revision for the work so far

Answers to Homework Sheet 4

Homework Sheet Five - Dalton's Law and Graham's Law

Answers to Homework Sheet 5

Homework Sheet Six - Real Gases

Section 1
Learning Goal: Logically argue using a theoretical model (kinetic theory) to explain characteristics of gases

GAS PRESSURE UNIT CONVERSIONS - Tyler DeWitt shows how to convrt between the units used to measure Gas pressure

KELVIN - ABSOLUTE ZERO - Tyler DeWitt discusses the idea of absolute zero temperature and Kelvin units

Kinetic Theory Notes and Questions Good summary and 3 excellent questions

KINETIC THEORY - Tyler DeWitt discuss Kinetic Molecular Theory (Part 1), good video

KINETIC THEORY - Tyler DeWitt uses KMT to explain properties of Gases (Part 2), excellent video

Section 2
Learning Goal: Use simple mathematical relationships to calculate measurable gas properties AND logically argue the application of these theoretical models to explain gas behaviour

See Think Wonder- on the graphs which describe Boyle's Law, good exercise. Do as individual, then collaborate, then with your teacher.

Questions on Boyle's Law and Charles's Law - a page of questions on each law. Good practice.

Notes on Boyle's Law - good source of notes

Iowa State Uni - java showing collection of data and graphing of Boyle's law

Boyle's Law - Tyler DeWitt

Notes on Charles's Law - good source of notes

Iowa State Uni - java showing collection of data and graphing of Charles's law

Charles's Law - Tyler DeWitt

Combined Gas Law Law - Tyler DeWitt

Notes and Questions on the combined gas law - worksheet, pdf, pretty straightforward

Which gas equation do I use? - Tyler DeWitt, reduce the confusion!

Section 3
Learning Goal: Use the ideal gas law to calculate measureable gas properties, AND logically argue the application of this theoretical model to explain gas behaviour

IDEAL GAS Equation - Crash Course Chemistry, good discussion of all gas laws

IDEAL GAS Law Practice Questions - Tyler DeWitt

Worksheet on Ideal Gas Law - has worked answers

Worksheet on the Gas Laws so far Good basic coverage of the Laws up to the Ideal Gas equation. No real complex questions. Should be done as early revision

An ideal gas Law question Good complex practice

Section 4
Learning Goal: Apply Dalton’s law to gas mixtures

PARTIAL PRESSURE - Crash Course Chemistry, good example - boy, he can talk!

Worksheet on Partial Pressures - has worked answers

Section 5
Learning Goal: Apply Graham’s law to the diffusion of gases

Root Mean Squared Velocity of a gas - thatchemguy. Technically not part of our course but an elegant example of using units to understand formulas

Applying Graham's law - Brightstorm. Nice simple explanation of using Graham's law to calculate Molar Mass of a gas

Graham's law - Crash Course. A lot of background in 11 minutes, gives a good overview and tackles graham's law and diffusion at the end.

Section 6
Learning Goal: Predict and/or justify the measurable properties of a “real” gas – mathematically and in a logical argument using a theoretical model (of real gases).

CHEM GUIDE - Real vs Ideal gases - lots of detail but a very good coverage of real gases

Real versus ideal gases - IsaacsTEACH. Explains differences between ideal and real gases


Revision Summary and Questions - downloadable pdf. Good for the basic maths component of the course. Most questions are C and B level

Revision Questions scan - pdf, good range of mathematical qs, especially q's 60 and 61 which are very good A level practice. Bit awkward looking as it is a cut and paste and scanned in.

Worked solutions to Q60 and Q61 - pdf, several ways to do these questions - these solutions show one way.

High level Revision Questions - key questions are 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. and yes these are all A level questions, some of which have been on past exams.


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

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