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St Paul's School
for Girls

Year 13 - Chemistry Curriculum

Module 5 - Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

The content within this module assumes knowledge and understanding of the chemical concepts developed in Module 2: Foundations in chemistry and Module 3: Periodic table and energy. This module extends the study of energy, reaction rates and equilibria, and the periodic table. The main areas of physical chemistry studied include:

•rate equations, orders of reaction, the rate-determining step

•equilibrium constants, Kc and Kp

•acid–base equilibria including pH, Ka and buffer solutions

•lattice enthalpy and Born–Haber cycles

•entropy and free energy

•electrochemical cells.

The main areas of inorganic chemistry studied include:

•redox chemistry

•transition elements.

Synoptic assessment

This module provides a context for synoptic assessment and the subject content links strongly with the content encountered in Module 2: Foundations in chemistry and Module 3: Periodic table and energy.

•Atoms, moles and stoichiometry

•Acid and redox reactions

•Bonding and structure

•Periodicity, Group 2 and the halogens

•Enthalpy changes

•Reaction rates

•Chemical equilibrium

Knowledge and understanding of Module 2 and Module 3 will be assumed and examination questions will be set that link their content with this module and other areas of chemistry.

 

Module 6 - Organic Chemistry and Analysis

The content within this module assumes knowledge and understanding of the chemical concepts developed in Module 2: Foundations in chemistry and Module 4: Core organic chemistry. This module introduces several new functional groups and emphasises the importance of organic synthesis. This module also adds NMR spectroscopy to the instrumentation techniques used in organic and forensic analysis. The main areas of organic chemistry studied include:

•aromatic compounds

•carboxylic acids and esters

•organic nitrogen compounds: amines and amino acids

•polymerisation: addition polymers and condensation polymers

•synthetic organic chemistry and further development of practical skills

•the importance of modern analytical techniques in organic analysis.

Synoptic assessment

This module provides a context for synoptic assessment and the subject content links strongly with the content encountered in Module 2: Foundations in chemistry and Module 4: Core organic chemistry.

•Atoms, moles and stoichiometry

•Acid and redox reactions

•Bonding and structure

•Organic nomenclature and structures

•Hydrocarbons

•Alcohols and haloalkanes

•Synthesis and analysis

Knowledge and understanding of Module 2 and Module 4 will be assumed and examination questions will be set that link their content with this module and other areas of chemistry.