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Inverkeithing
High School

Chemistry

Welcome to the Chemistry Department!

 

The Chemistry department aims to develop investigative, practical and problem solving skills while developing a greater knowledge and understanding of chemical reactions and materials.

 

  • Staff List:
  • Ms K. Hamilton-Black
  • Mr D. Miller
  • Mr G. Wilson
  • Mr C. White

 

HOMEWORK POLICY -

Homework policy / Expectations

All S3-S6 learners are expected to complete homework regularly as part of their Chemistry course.

In addition to set homework, pupils should consolidate their learning by reviewing class notes, making revision materials, utilising revision websites and practicing exam style questions.

  •  See Chemistry homework document.

CHEMISTRY COURSE OUTLINES

S3 CHEMISTRY (BGE)

 

This Chemistry course endeavours for pupils to continue their broad general education, whilst simultaneously starting to lay the foundations towards National 4 and National 5 chemistry courses. The course consists of a mixture of both theoretical and practical work, during which pupils will study the following three units and subtopics.

 

Unit 1: Chemical changes and structure

  • Chemical reactions
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Reaction rates
  • Acids and bases

 

Unit 2: Natures Chemistry

  • Fuels and Hydrocarbons
  • Products from oil
  • carbohydrates

 

Unit 3: Chemistry in society

  • Metals

 

 

 

NATIONAL 4 COURSE

This is covered over 3 units of work:

Unit 1: Chemical changes and structure

Topics covered in this unit are:

  • Rates of reaction
  • Atomic structure and bonding related to properties
  • Energy changes of chemical reactions
  • Acids and bases

 

Unit 2: Natures Chemistry

Topics covered in this unit are:

  • Fuels
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Everyday consumer products
  • Plants to products

 

Unit 3: Chemistry in society

Topics covered in this unit are:

  • Metals and alloys
  • Materials
  • Fertilisers
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis

 

 

 

NATIONAL 5 COURSE:

This is covered over 3 units of work:

Unit 1: Chemical changes and structure

Topics covered in this unit are:

  • Rates of reaction
  • Atomic structure and bonding related to properties of materials
  • Formulae and reacting quantities
  • Acids and bases
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Unit 2: Natures Chemistry

Topics covered in this unit are:

  • Homologous series
  • Everyday consumer products
  • Energy from fuels

 

Unit 3: Chemistry in society

Topics covered in this unit are:

  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Fertilisers
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • Chemical analysis

 

The following website addresses provide useful revision activities for National 5:

 http://www.evans2chemweb.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zmnp34j

http://www.sqa.org.uk/

http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table/

http://www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry/resource/listing?searchtext=&fcategory=all&filter=all&fAudience=AUD00000002&reference=students&gclid=CN-fobnvrMICFQ6WtAodYzkARQ

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHER COURSE:

This is covered over 3 units of work:

Unit 1: Chemical changes and structure

  • Topics covered in this unit are:
  • periodicity
  • structure and bonding 
  • oxidising and reducing agents

 

Unit 2: Natures Chemistry

Topics covered in this unit are:

  • systematic carbon chemistry
  • alcohols
  • carboxylic acids
  • esters
  • fats and oils
  • soaps
  • detergents and emulsions
  • proteins
  • oxidation of food
  • fragrances
  • skin care

  

Unit 3: Chemistry in society

Topics covered in this unit are:

  • getting the most from reactants
  • controlling the rate
  • chemical energy
  • equilibria
  • chemical analysis
  • common chemical apparatus
  • general practical techniques
  • reporting experimental work

 

The following website addresses provide useful revision activities for Higher:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjmtsbk

http://www.sqa.org.uk/

 

 

ADVANCED HIGHER COURSE:

 

This is covered over 4 units of work:

Inorganic chemistry

The topics covered are:

  • electromagnetic radiation and atomic spectra
  • atomic orbitals, electronic configurations and the periodic table
  • transition metals

 

Physical chemistry

The topics covered are:

  • chemical equilibrium
  • reaction feasibility
  • kinetics

 

Organic chemistry and instrumental analysis

The topics covered are: 

  • molecular orbitals
  • synthesis
  • stereo chemistry
  • experimental determination of structure
  • pharmaceutical chemistry

 

Researching chemistry

The topics covered are: 

  • common chemical apparatus
  • skills involved in experimental work
  • stoichiometric calculations
  • gravimetric analysis
  • volumetric analysis
  • practical skills and techniques

 

The following website addresses provide useful revision activities for Advanced Higher:

http://www.sqa.org.uk/