Drouin Secondary College - Course Selection

11 VCE Chemistry (11SCH1)

The Course

Unit 1: How can the diversity of materials be explained? The development and use of materials for specific purposes is an important human endeavour. In this unit students investigate the chemical properties of a range of materials from metals and salts to polymers and nanomaterials. Using their knowledge of elements and atomic structure students explore and explain the relationships between properties, structure and bonding forces within and between particles that vary in size from the visible, through nanoparticles, to molecules and atoms. Students examine the modification of metals, assess the factors that affect the formation of ionic crystals and investigate a range of non-metallic substances from molecules to polymers and giant lattices and relate their structures to specific applications. Students are introduced to quantitative concepts in chemistry including the mole concept. They apply their knowledge to determine the relative masses of elements and the composition of substances. Throughout the unit students use chemistry terminology including symbols, formulas, chemical nomenclature and equations to represent and explain observations and data from experiments, and to discuss chemical phenomena.

Unit 2: What makes water such a unique chemical? Water is the most widely used solvent on Earth. In this unit students explore the physical and chemical properties of water, the reactions that occur in water and various methods of water analysis. Students examine the structure and bonding within and between water molecules in order to investigate solubility, concentration, pH and reactions in water including precipitation, acid-base and redox. They are introduced to stoichiometry and to analytical techniques and instrumental procedures analysis, and apply these to determine concentrations of different species in water samples, including chemical contaminants. Students explore the solvent properties of water in a variety of contexts and analyse selected issues associated with substances dissolved in water.

Unit 1 Topics

Area of Study 1 How can knowledge of elements explain the properties of matter?

Area of Study 2 How can the versatility of non-metals be explained?

Area of Study 3 Research investigation

Unit 2 Topics

Area of Study 1 How do substances interact with water?

Area of Study 2 How are substances in water measured and analysed?

Area of Study 3 Practical investigation

Learning and Assessment Activities

Unit 1 and Unit 2 For Outcomes 1 & 2

* annotations of a practical work folio of activities or investigations

* a report of a practical activity or investigation

* a modelling activity

* media response

* problem solving involving chemical concepts, skills and/or issues

* a reflective learning journal/blog related to selected activities or in response to an issue

* data analysis

* a test comprising multiple choice and/or short answer and/or extended response.

Unit 1 For Outcome 3

* a report of an independent investigation of a topic selected from Area of Study 1 and/or Area of Study 2, using an appropriate format, for example digital presentation, oral communication or written report.

Unit 2 For Outcome 3

* a report of a student-designed quantitative laboratory investigation using an appropriate format, for example digital presentation, oral communication, scientific poster or written report.

These units lead to

VCE Chemistry Unit 3 & 4 University studies in Chemistry, Earth and Physical Sciences, Medicinal Sciences, Veterinary Science, Pharmacology, Engineering and Genetics and other Life sciences.

Check with your careers counsellor as this is a prerequisite or preferred subject for many courses. May also attract ATAR score boost for some courses at individual institutions.

Special considerations

There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.

It is highly recommended that students complete units 1 and 2 before undertaking Unit 3 & 4.

Costs involved

Edrolo online required software - refer to booklist

Textbook & Student Workbook - refer to booklist for cost

Materials required

Text Book

Student Activity Workbook

2 x 128 page exercise books

For further information see...

See Mr Russell, Mr Monk, Mr Bohni or Mrs Marx

Study design link

VCE Chemistry Study Design 2016