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St. Benedict's High School: Chemistry

Web Links

 



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

Neanderthal brains 'grew more slowly'

A new study shows that Neanderthal brains developed more slowly than ours.

How business is driving the new space race

Why firms are spending millions to beat each other into orbit

Bright sparks

The fast-growing US solar industry is at odds with itself - and the decision may be left to Trump.

Sir David Attenborough on his hunt for the Kimodo Dragon

Sir David Attenborough spoke to the BBC about Zoo Quest, the environment and the planet's future.

Ancient DNA sheds light on African history

DNA from ancient remains is used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa.

Plant-eating dinosaurs 'strayed from veggie diet'

The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet is called into question.

'We are planning weekly rocket launches'

The small satellite industry is the fastest growing part of the space sector "and they all require launch" says Rocket Lab boss Peter Beck.

DNA dogma

Evolutionary biologist Matthew Cobb unpicks a lecture that, sixty years ago, set the course for the genetic revolution.

Moving on up

The people of the Guna Yala archipelago, off the Panama coast, may be among the first island communities to leave their homes and move onshore.

'What I saw'

In this photo essay, photographer Clayton Conn shares his experience of the Mexico City earthquake.

UK strikes research deal with US in run-up to Brexit

The UK and US reach an agreement that aims to allow freer movement of research equipment and scientists.

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

Understanding the first moments of life could lead to better IVF and explain why women miscarry.

Owls hold secret to ageless ears

Barn owls keep their acute sense of hearing into old age, scientists have discovered.

Neolithic Orkney rivalries detailed in new study

Rivalries in Orkney more than 4,500 years ago led to competition between communities, according to new research.

Paris climate aim 'still achievable'

The ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, a study indicates.

Size matters when it comes to extinction risk

The biggest and the smallest of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are most at risk of dying out.

Horsey seal injured by flying ring 'making recovery'

Volunteers came to the aid of a seal after its neck was trapped within a plastic flying ring.

The man trying to save bats' lives

Meet Dr Matt Zeale who is leading a team of conservationists tracking the rare barbastrelle bat.

Rhino horn smuggled as jewellery

Rhino horn is being processed into bangles, beads and bracelets, a charity's investigation reveals.

Paris climate deal: US denies it will stay in accord

Reports say the US will no longer withdraw from the Paris deal or will change its approach.

Outwitted

How tiny creatures with small brains outwit us so easily.

Henry the hippo reunites with his baby Fiona

A happy ending for a family of hippos.

Cassini: Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

The US-led Cassini space probe reaches a spectacular climax, burning up in Saturn's atmosphere.

Snow leopard no longer 'endangered'

The conservation status of the elusive snow leopard is downgraded from "endangered" to "vulnerable".

Orchid gives up the secrets of its success

Science is laying bare the secrets of orchids, one of the biggest families of flowering plant.

Belfast scientists design flexible organic battery

Queen's University scientists design a flexible long-life battery that could be used in pacemakers.

Why are there so many berries this year?

Berries are appearing early this year - and promise to last much longer than usual, according to experts.

Man-of-war spotted along coast in Cornwall and Wales

The RNLI closed Perranporth beach to swimmers because of large numbers of jellyfish-like creatures.

Row over AI that 'identifies gay faces'

Researchers and LGBT groups clash over facial recognition tech that supposedly spots gay people.

Badger culling gets go-ahead in 11 new areas of England

A vaccination programme to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis is also restarting.

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