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Year 10 Science (See Common Subjects for details of Year 10 Science combinations)

Chemistry: Introduction Chemistry

Semester Elective Unit


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description

To understand the way that chemicals react with each other, you need to take a look inside the atoms of chemical elements. When you do, there are patterns to be found that help explain the properties of the elements and the way in which elements and compounds behave when they react with each other. We rely on the ability to convert the finite resources of our planet into useful materials including polymers, medicines and other modern materials. Chemists know how to manufacture a wide range of useful substances by having a detailed knowledge of chemical reactions and the factors that allow materials to be produced on a global scale.

Essential Questions

  • Why do we organise elements?
  • How are properties linked to atomic structure?
  • How do we use the products of chemical reactions?
  • How can we control the speed of chemical reactions?

Areas of Study

The Periodic Table

  • Arranging the elements.
  • Metallic, ionic and covalent materials.

Chemical Reactions

  • Types and products of chemical reactions.
  • Factors affecting the rate of a chemical reaction.


Task Description

Practical Work

1. Selection of investigations covering a range of topics including: firework colours, reactions of group 1 and 2 elements with water, formation of precipitates, metal displacement reactions, electrolysis and electroplating, making nylon and the effects of temperature, concentration, surface area and catalysts on the rate of reaction.

2. Self-design investigation: students design and conduct their own experimental investigation on the topic of reaction rates.

Research Task Students apply and extend their knowledge and skills developed in the Periodic Table to investigate a selected question related to materials.
Tests Two tests comprising a balance of multiple choice and short answer questions.
Semester Examination