In their study of Chemistry, students develop and extend their understanding of how the physical world is chemically constructed, the interaction between human activities and the environment, and the use that human beings make of the planet’s resources. They explore examples of how scientific understanding is dynamic and develops with new evidence, which may involve the application of new technologies. Students consider examples of benefits and risks of chemical knowledge to the wider community, along with the capacity of chemical knowledge to inform public debate on social and environmental issues. The study of Chemistry helps students to make informed decisions about interacting with and modifying nature, and explore options such as green or sustainable chemistry, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of chemical products and processes.
Recommended background: IBMYP level 5 or higher in the Year 10 Science chemical science units.
The following topics provide the framework for learning in Stage 1 Chemistry.
Assessment at Stage 1 is school based.
There are two assessment types:
Four assessment pieces are completed in each semester of Stage 1 Chemistry.
Stage 1 Chemistry is assessed using two criteria:
Investigation, Analysis and Evaluation
Knowledge and Understanding
Successful completion of this subject leads to: Stage 2 Chemistry
Students who intend to study Chemistry at Stage 2: must complete 20 credits of Stage 1 Chemistry. Students should investigate whether tertiary study requires Stage 2 Chemistry as a prerequisite or assumed knowledge.
CARE • COMMITMENT • CO-OPERATION • RESPECT