A' Level Chemistry - 2015 (Edexcel)



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This distance learning A Level Chemistry course has been designed to the latest specifications. The first available exam dates for this version of the Pearson Edexcel Chemistry A Level are in May/June 2017.

Course Objectives

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chemistry are to enable students to develop:

essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.



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Key Topics

The full A-Level consists of nineteen different topics, the AS consists of 10: -

Topic 1 Atomic Structure & the Periodic Table
Topic 2 Bonding & Structure
Topic 3 Redox I
Topic 4 Inorganic Chemistry & the Periodic Table
Topic 5 Formulae, Equations & Amounts of Substance
Topic 6 Organic Chemistry I
Topic 7Modern Analytical Techniques I
Topic 8 Energetics I
Topic 9 Kinetics I
Topic 10 Equilibrium I
Topic 11 Equilibrium II
Topic 12 Acid-Base Equilibria
Topic 13 Energetics II
Topic 14 Redox II
Topic 15 Transition Metals
Topic 16 Kinetics II
Topic 17 Organic Chemistry II
Topic 18 Organic Chemistry III
Topic 19 Modern Analytical Techniques II

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Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chemistry

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Atomic Structure & Periodic Table
The course starts with a look at the atom, the building blocks of chemistry. We discover the subatomic particles that make up an atom and look at how mass spectrometry is used to determine molecular masses.

Bonding & Structure
This topic develops on understanding atomic structure and looks more at molecules and the types of bonding witnessed in different types of molecule. Previous study of ions is developed and we explore radii and other physical properties and the effects these have on the behaviour of atoms and ions.

Redox I
This topic is concerned with balancing equations and how the concept of oxidation numbers can provide a very efficient tool in this area.

Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
A more detailed look at some of the groups of the periodic table. Discover the elements of group 1 and 2 as well as the halogen gases of group 7. Learn more about these groups and how their physical properties decide their external characteristics.

Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
Discover the concept of the “mole” and meet Avogadro’s constant, as well as calculating reacting masses and volumes and identifying both empirical and molecular formulae.

Organic Chemistry
There are three topics relating to organic chemistry; that is, chemistry relating to compounds containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. The first of these topics provides an introduction to the discipline and starts to introduce key homologous series, including the alkanes and alkenes. The Second organic topic introduces important functional groups including the carbonyls and carboxylic acids and discusses the concept of chirality. The third and final organic chemistry topic develops this understanding further and introduces further organic species including the arenes and aromatic rings as well as the nitrogen-containing organic series.

Modern Analytical Techniques
The two topics covering modern analytical techniques describe the key, cutting edge methods being employed in chemical analysis. Starting in the first topic with Mass spectrometry and IR spectroscopy before, later in the course, expanding on mass spectrometry and then introducing nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and chromatography.

The topics on energetics learn to use Hess’s law to calculate otherwise immeasurable energy changes in chemical reactions as well as discovering bon enthalpies, before being introduced to lattice energies and the concept of entropy and how scientists use this idea of “chaos” and “order” to answer important questions about chemical stability.

The kinetics topics in the A-Level course show the student how the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution and collision theory are key in the creation of models in chemistry and how they account for the different effects that changing variables can have on the rate of a reaction. The later topic in this area explores the effects of catalysts on rates of reaction and introduces the mathematical expressions that describe rates of reaction.

In this topic, discover the fact that many chemical reactions are completely reversible and the idea of dynamic equilibrium. Students will also learn how changing variables like temperature, concentration or pressure can affect the position of a reaction’s equilibrium. The equilibrium topics continue to look at the maths behind equilibria, introducing Kp and Kc calculations as well as the equilibrium constant.

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A' Level Chemistry - 2015 (Edexcel)

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