Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. WithersRecommended Prior Learning
Level 2 Chemistry A - Mātai matū A - Will be an advantage and allow for a wider choice if student is designing a unique personal course
Level 2 Chemistry B - Mātai matū B - Required
Chemistry is a fascinating subject because of its history, the beauty of its logic, and its multitude of applications.
At MBC chemistry is a subject for everyone.
Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter and the changes in composition that this matter undergoes. We do experiments to describe what matter looks like and does and then we learn how to use chemical principles to explain and discuss why matter behaves in this way.
This Chemistry of Organisms, Oceans, Rivers and Lakes course is for students keen to extend the development of their thinking skills, ability to engage in logical argument, laboratory skills and their understanding of chemistry and for those who plan to study science or any form of applied science at tertiary level.
This course provides opportunities for students to design their own unique course according to their abilities and aspirations. For example, there are options to take extra practical and theoretical extension units or to follow an unendorsed course where external assessments are replaced by unit standards.
Topics you will learn about include
The chemistry of Ocean Acidification and its effects on ocean and coastal ecosystems and man.
An Extended Practical Investigation of your choice (for example: monitoring salt content of a water body at high tide or Vitamin C content of a fruit juice as conditions change)
The chemistry of acids, bases, soluble salts, insoluble salts and buffers in water bodies
By the end of the course you will be able to
Produce a report on the chemistry and effects of Ocean Acidification by processing a range of provided materials.
Develop, execute and evaluate an extended practical investigation on the changing concentration of an aqueous species.
Use your understanding of a variety of strong and weak acids and bases and salt solutions to predict and justify the species present when a substance is dissolved in water.
Calculate the pH of a variety of strong and weak acids and bases, buffers and salt aqueous solutions
Calculate, make use of and show understanding of Ka, Kb, pKa, pKb, Ks values
Draw and make sense of acid - base titration curves
Justify your choice of an acid-base indicator
Predict the production of precipitates in water bodies using calculations and Le Chatelier's principle
If you choose to complete another internal in place of the external you could use the knowledge you built on acids, bases and salts to complete the Acids ,Bases and Salts internal (US6345). These options can be negotiated with your teacher before/during during the course.
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All curriculum costs will be covered by the school.