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St. Benedict's High School: Chemistry

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Evans2ChemWeb
(see your teacher for username & password)

 

Chemistry Resources (Kelso HS)

 

Chemistry Links (East Ren)

 

Freezeray.com

 

Periodic Table of Videos

 

About.com - Chemistry

 

Royal Society of Chemistry

 

Cram for S Grade (Johnstone HS)

 

Chem4Kids

 

Creative Chemistry

 

Doc Brown's Chemistry

 

AlphaGalileo

 

Web Elements Periodic Table

 

Science Museum London

 

Virtual Chemistry

 

I Love Science - Science Skills

 

BBC News - Science & Environment

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.

Fukushima disaster: Robot finds possible melted nuclear fuel

An underwater robot spotted the lava-like rocks inside a reactor of Japan's destroyed nuclear plant.

Norfolk Broads python discovery mystery

A 12ft-long python found on the Norfolk Broads has still not been found.

Farm subsidies 'must be earned' - Michael Gove

Environment Secretary Michael Gove plans to pay farmers for protecting the environment and creating rural jobs.

Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

The bag was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first ever samples of the Moon in 1969.

New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil

A 10-year-old boy's stumble unearthed a prehistoric skull, which he then got the chance to help excavate.

Black-winged stilts: Record year for UK breeding

The number fledging from the UK in 2017 is more than the total number for the previous 30 years.

Elephant seals 'recognise vocal rhythm'

Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

US Republican asks Nasa if civilisation on Mars existed

A US congressman asked scientists if the Red Planet could have been occupied "thousands of years ago".

Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction

Pangolins in the forests of Africa are at risk of being pushed to extinction like their Asian relatives.

Australia human history 'rewritten by rock find'

Research shows Aboriginal people entered Australia up to 18,000 years earlier than thought.

Why dogs are friendly - it's written in their genes

Being friendly is in dogs' nature and could be key to how they were domesticated from wolves.

UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world's last northern white rhinos from extinction.

How did dogs become our best friends? New evidence

Dogs were tamed from a single wolf population between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, a study suggests.

Mighty T. rex 'walked rather than sprinted'

New research suggests the dinosaur could go no faster than a very brisk walking pace.

Telescopes to reach nine billion light years away

New radio telescopes far more powerful than any used before aim to shed light on extra terrestrial activity.

Newquay is go!

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Will wildcat lynx be reintroduced to the UK?

The wildcat could be reintroduced into the UK for the first time in 1,300 years.

Ancient underwater forest found in US

Scientists have dated the trees to a previous ice age 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were far lower.

'Beam me up, Scotty'

Chinese scientists have "teleported" a photon particle to a satellite - could humans be next?

Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria

Images and a short film are inserted into bacteria DNA and recovered with 90% accuracy.

Splitting the atom

The government is about to set out its position on membership of Europe's nuclear regulator after Brexit.

Lark or night owl? Blame your ancestors

Our ancestors could be to blame for the wide variety of human sleeping habits, from larks to night owls.

Fusion wait

We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced.

Zoo keepers

Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.

Ribbiting stuff

The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Saving big cats

Amy Dickman has had some close shaves with big cats and humans while working with cheetahs and lions.

DNA data

Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?

Dino domination

A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Desert wall?

Science reporter Victoria Gill joins researchers in Arizona to find out how President Trump's wall could affect endangered desert wildlife.

Course Information


S1/S2 Course

S3 Course

S4/5/6 Courses

 


Course Info

 

S1/2 Science

 

Information coming soon!

 

 

Course Info

 

S3 Chemistry


In the level 4 Chemistry course pupils will learn more about the importance of Chemistry in everyday life. The course is designed to develop your knowledge of the materials we use including metals, crude oil and plastics. In this course we build on your knowledge of chemical reactions and show you how elements react together and bond, to give the huge variety of chemicals you meet in life. A course in Chemistry will be very useful for a wide range of careers in Science and Medicine.



The course covers the following topics:




 



About Science


Science is an important part of our heritage and we use its applications every day in our lives at work, at leisure and in the home.  Science and the application of science are central to our economic future and to our health and wellbeing as individuals and as a society.  Scotland has a long tradition of scientific discovery, of innovation in the application of scientific discovery, and of the application of science in the protection and enhancement  of the natural and built environment.  Children and young people are fascinated by new discoveries and technologies and become increasingly aware of, and passionate about, the impact of science on their own health and wellbeing, the health of society and the health of the environment.



Through learning in the sciences, children and young people develop their interest in, and understanding of, the living, material and physical world. They engage in a wide range of collaborative investigative tasks, which allows them to develop important skills to become creative, inventive and enterprising adults in a world where the skills and knowledge of the sciences are needed across all sectors of the economy.



What can learning in the Sciences achieve for young people?



 



How is the Science Framework Structured?





What are the features of effective learning and teaching in Science?



In the sciences, effective learning and teaching will use a variety of approaches, including: AiFL, collaborative and independent learning, ICT, discussion, debate, external contributors, cross-curricular experiences & links. Whenever applicable and possible, learning will be through experimentation and reinforcement aiming to assist the:



How do we build on prior knowledge?



What are the broad features of assessment in the Sciences?

 

Connections with other areas of the curriculum





Useful websites for information on careers using Sciences



www.infoscotland.com/science

www.iop.org (Institute of Physics)

www.iob.org (Institute of Biology)

www.rsc.org/studentzone (Royal Society of Chemistry)

www.careers.scotland.org.uk



Many other useful websites exist for the Sciences, ask your teacher for some advice.



Course Info

 

S4/5/6 Chemistry

 

 

Chemistry: Higher

 

 

Purpose

 

The course is designed for students who wish to continue their study of chemistry beyond Credit level/Intermediate 2.

 

The study of chemistry at Higher can make an important contribution to the student’s knowledge and understanding of the physical and natural world.  The course provides a grounding for the further study in higher education of chemistry and chemistry-related subjects such as environmental and food sciences, and provides valuable background knowledge for vocational training in many areas of health and technology.

 

Completion of the Higher Chemistry course could contribute to a Group Award in Science.

 

 

 

Recommended Entry

 

 

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally have obtained one of the following awards or equivalent:

 

(The preferred entry from Standard Grade is based on achievement in the Knowledge and Understanding element).

 

 

UNITS

 

 

Energy Matters (H) 40 hours

 

The unit seeks to develop knowledge and understanding, problem solving and practical abilities in the context of reaction rates; enthalpy; patterns in the Periodic Table; bonding, structure and properties; and the mole.

 

 

The World of Carbon (H) 40 hours

 

The unit seeks to develop knowledge and understanding, problem solving and practical abilities in the context of fuels; nomenclature and structural formulae; reactions and uses of carbon compounds; polymers; and natural products.

 

 

Chemical Reactions (H) 40 hours

 

The unit seeks to develop knowledge and understanding, problem solving and practical abilities in the context of the chemical industry; Hess’s Law; equilibrium; acids and bases; reactions; and nuclear chemistry.

 

It should be noted that the Higher Still courses at Higher and Intermediate 2 have been designed so that there is overlap of content areas and the ‘Energy Matters’ (H) unit ties in with the ‘Building Blocks’ (Int 2) unit.

 

Appropriate assessment material will be provided through the National Assessment Bank.

 

 

Progression

 

 


 

 

Chemistry: Intermediate 2

 

 

Purpose

 

The course is primarily designed to provide a ‘bridge’ between achievement in knowledge and understanding and problem solving at General Level in Standard Grade and further study at Higher.  As such the Intermediate 2 course could be the first year of a two year Higher programme.

 

The course is also designed to allow students who have no previous experience of chemistry to progress to Higher in the following year.  As such it is particularly suitable as an introductory course for S5 and S6 students who wish to study chemistry for the first time.

 

Study of this course provides a coherent coverage of key chemistry concepts and, in conjunction with units at the same level from other science courses, could contribute to a Group Award in Science.

 

 

Recommended Entry

 

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally have obtained one of the following awards or its equivalent:

(The preferred entry from Standard Grade is based on achievement in the knowledge and understanding and problem-solving elements).

 

 

UNITS

 

 

Building Blocks (Int 2) 40 hours

 

The unit seeks to develop knowledge and understanding, problem solving and practical abilities in the context of substances; reaction rates; the structure of the atom; bonding; structure and properties; chemical symbolism; and the mole.


 

Carbon Compounds (Int 2) 40 hours

 

The unit seeks to develop knowledge and understanding, problem solving and practical abilities in the context of fuels; nomenclature, structural formulae and reactions of carbon compounds; plastics and synthetic fibres; and natural products.

 

 

Acids, Bases and Metals (Int 2) 40 hours

 

The unit seeks to develop knowledge and understanding, problem solving and practical abilities in the context of acids and bases; salt preparation; and metals.

 

The content of these units will be largely based on the content of Standard Grade Chemistry at Credit level but will also include appropriate content from Higher Chemistry.

 

The design of the course necessitates that the ‘Building Blocks’ unit be studied first.  It should also be noted that the Higher Still courses at Intermediate 2 and Higher have been designed so that there is overlap of content areas and the ‘Building Blocks’ (Int 2) unit ties in with the ‘Energy Matters’ (H) unit.  Appropriate assessment material will be provided through the National Assessment Bank.

 

 

Progression