Chemistry: ATAR Units 1 and 2 (AECHE) – Studied as a year-long course
Prerequisite: Previous background in Chemistry and good mathematical ability.
Unit 1 – The focus for this unit is chemistry fundamentals : structure, properties and reactions. In it you will:
• learn and apply bonding theories, atomic structure and electron configuration.
• distinguish between atoms, molecules, ions, metals, ionic substances, covalent molecular substances and covalent network substances.
• explain that nanomaterials are substances that contain particles in the size range 1 – 100 nm and have specific properties relating to size of these particles which may differ from those of the bulk material.
• understand and be able to apply the collision theory in relation to reaction rate.
• read, write and interpret formulae and balanced equations and learn that mass is conserved in chemical reactions.
• understand the differences between, and give examples of, endothermic and exothermic reactions and use energy profile diagrams.
• investigate the factors affecting the rate of a chemical reaction
• identify that the mole is a precise quantity of matter and use with the Law of Conservation of Mass to calculate the masses of reactants and products in a chemical reaction
• perform calculations relating to the number of moles, mass, molar mass and concentrations of solutions.
Unit Cost: $30.00
Unit 2 – The focus for this unit is molecular interactions and reactions. In it you will:
• understand how models of the shapes and structure of molecules
and intermolecular forces can be used to explain the properties of
• understand how kinetic theory can be used to explain the behaviour of gaseous systems, and how collision theory can be used to explain and predict the effect of varying conditions on the rate of reaction
• understand how models and theories have developed based on
evidence from a range of sources, and the uses and limitations of chemical knowledge in a range of contexts
• use science inquiry skills to design, conduct, evaluate and communicate investigations into the properties and behaviour of gases, water, aqueous solutions and acids and bases, and into the factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions
• evaluate, with reference to empirical evidence, claims about chemical properties, structures and reactions
Laboratory work plays an integral part in this course and as part of the program you will explore an important biological, environmental or industrial process associated with the course context.
Unit Cost: $30.00
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