Chemistry allows you to connect your understanding between how the physical world around us to how it is chemically constructed, as well as how human activities influence the environment and the way that humans use the resources of the planet. There are 4 topics spread over the year:
Topic 1: Monitoring the Environment- how does global warming and ocean acidification occur, why is there a red haze over major cities and how can we conduct chemical analysis.
Topic 2: Managing Chemical Processes- how does industrial chemistry which is responsible for food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and a wide range of different industries operate.
Topic 3: Organic and Biological Chemistry- the wonderful world of carbon! What chemicals are responsible for artificial tastes and sweeteners, how do we create new drugs, how are the proteins that make up our body held together and synthesised.
Topic 4: Managing Resources- how do humans obtain metals, how is the water we drink treated and produced, how do we alter soils to allow plants to grow best, what are polymers and how do we recycle them.
School Assessment (70%)
External Assessment (30%)
This subject is accepted for entry to tertiary courses including university courses.