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Chemistry

Chemistry is all around us. From the chemical reaction of brushing our teeth to the materials used to make our mobile phones. Chemistry is a part of our everyday lives, the study of which has become vitally important.

The chemistry courses have been developed to continue on from the work undertaken in S1 & 2 where the foundations of the subject’s key areas have been covered. Further study in chemistry will continue to develop pupils’ knowledge about some important chemical ideas, problem solving skills and the practical techniques which are involved in chemistry.

The courses on offer within the department are:

S1 – S2 Science
National 3, 4, 5 Chemistry
Higher and Advanced Higher Chemistry

 


Chemistry Homework & Study Support

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National 3 Chemistry

National 3 Chemistry is made up of the following units.

Chemical Changes and Structure
The key areas of this unit are; Rates of Reactions and factors which affect them; Chemical Structure of atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures; Acids and Bases within the lab and everyday life.

Nature’s Chemistry
The key areas of this unit are; Fuels and Energy and how they affect the environment; Everyday Consumer Products such as carbohydrates, fats and alcohols; Plants to Products – a look at plant based products such as pharmaceuticals, soaps, medicines etc.

Chemistry in Society
The key areas of this unit are; Properties of Materials such as metals, plastics and ceramics; Chemical Analysis – how to test for various substances and identify the hazards involved in using chemicals.

National 4 Chemistry

National 4 Chemistry is made up of the following units.

Chemical Changes and Structure
The key areas of this unit are; Rates of Reactions and factors which affect them; Atomic Structure and Bonding Related to Properties of Materials looking at the structure of atoms and how they interact; Energy Changes of Chemical Reactions; Acids and Bases – the reactions which occur within the lab and everyday life.

Nature’s Chemistry
The key areas of this unit are; Fuels – fossil fuels and renewable energy sources and how they affect the environment; Hydrocarbons – properties and production of various hydrocarbon series’; Everyday Consumer Products such as carbohydrates, enzymes and alcohols; Plants to Products – a look at plant based products such as pharmaceuticals, soaps, medicines etc.

Chemistry in Society
The key areas of this unit are; Metals and Alloys – properties of metals and how they react; Materials – a closer look at plastics, polymers and ceramics; Fertilisers – the elements required for plant production and their impact on the environment; Nuclear Chemistry – the formation of elements from stars; Chemical Analysis – how to test for various substances and carry out simple analytical techniques.

National 4 Chemistry - BBC Education http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zhvycdm
Unit 1 Chemical Changes & Structure http://chemistryatstabs.wikispaces.com/UNIT+ONE+-+CHEMICAL+CHANGES+AND+STRUCTURE.

National 5 Chemistry

National 5 Chemistry is made up of the following units.

Chemical Changes and Structure
The key areas of this unit are; Rates of Reactions and calculation of average rates; Atomic Structure and Bonding Related to Properties of Materials looking at the structure of atoms and the different types of bonding which occur; Formulae and Reaction Quantities – writing chemical formulae, balanced equations and mole calculations; Acids and Bases – a closer look at the ions present in water and the reactions of acids and bases.

Nature’s Chemistry
The key areas of this unit are; Homologous Series’ – an in depth look into the carbon chemistry of alkanes and alkenes; Everyday Consumer Products such as alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters; Energy from Fuels – calculating how much energy can be gained from alkanes and alcohols.

Chemistry in Society
The key areas of this unit are; Metals – the properties of metallic bonding and the movement of electrons during reactions; Properties of Plastics – the process of addition and condensation polymerisation; Fertilisers – the production of Ammonia through the Haber Process and its use in the production of Nitric acid; Nuclear Chemistry – alpha, beta & gamma radiation, half-life and nuclear equations; Chemical Analysis – using qualitative and quantitative techniques to test for substances.

National 5 Chemistry - BBC Education http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zmnp34j
Unit 1 Chemical Changes & Structure http://chemistryatstabs.wikispaces.com/UNIT+ONE+-+CHEMICAL+CHANGES+AND+STRUCTURE.