Grade: Grade 11
Course name: Chemistry
Course code: SCH3U
Course Type: Pre-University
Credit value: 1.0
Pilot course: SNC2D
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment
Unit Titles and Descriptions
Matter, Chemical Trends, and Chemical Bonding
Students will develop an understanding of the structure of an element that allows us to predict its physical and chemical properties. They will investigate the physical and chemical properties of compounds based on the type of chemical bond formed. The appropriate use of chemicals will be examined in order to minimize the risks to human health and the environment.
Students will demonstrate an understanding that chemicals react in predictable ways and will investigate different types of chemical reactions. They will assess the significant implications of chemical reactions and their applications for society and the environment.
Quantities in Chemical Reactions
Students will be introduced to the mole concept and how it can be used to describe chemical reactions quantitatively. They will also apply an understanding of quantitative relationships in determining the efficiency of chemical reactions and how such reactions can be optimized.
Solutions and Solubility
In this unit, students will demonstrate an understanding that properties of solutions can be described qualitatively and quantitatively, and can be predicted. They will assess the unique physical and chemical properties of water in supporting living organisms. Students will also analyse the origins of water pollution along with a variety of economic, social, and environmental issues related to drinking water.
Gases and Atmospheric Chemistry
Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the properties of gases are predictable and can be described qualitatively and quantitatively. They will evaluate the ways in which human activities and technology can have a cumulative effect on air quality. Students will also describe and evaluate Canadian initiatives to reduce air pollution, including ways to reduce their own carbon footprint.
This is a proctored exam worth 30% of your final grade.
Overall Curriculum Expectations
A. Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration
demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating);
identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields.
B. Matter, Chemical Trends, and Chemical Bonding
analyse the properties of commonly used chemical substances and their effects on human health and the environment, and propose ways to lessen their impact;
investigate physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds, and use various methods to visually represent them;
demonstrate an understanding of periodic trends in the periodic table and how elements combine to form chemical bonds.
C. Chemical Reactions
analyse chemical reactions used in a variety of applications, and assess their impact on society and the environment;
investigate different types of chemical reactions;
demonstrate an understanding of the different types of chemical reactions.
D. Quantities in Chemical Reactions
analyse processes in the home, the workplace, and the environmental sector that use chemical quantities and calculations, and assess the importance of quantitative accuracy in industrial chemical processes;
investigate quantitative relationships in chemical reactions, and solve related problems;
demonstrate an understanding of the mole concept and its significance to the quantitative analysis of chemical reactions.
E. Solutions and Solubility
analyse the origins and effects of water pollution, and a variety of economic, social, and environmental issues related to drinking water;
investigate qualitative and quantitative properties of solutions, and solve related problems;
demonstrate an understanding of qualitative and quantitative properties of solutions.
F. Gases and Atmospheric Chemistry
analyse the cumulative effects of human activities and technologies on air quality, and describe some Canadian initiatives to reduce air pollution, including ways to reduce their own carbon footprint;
investigate gas laws that explain the behaviour of gases, and solve related problems
demonstrate an understanding of the laws that explain the behaviour of gases.
Teaching and Learning Strategies:
As in a conventional classroom, instructors employ a range of strategies for teaching a course:
• Well-presented, clear writing and helpful graphics and diagrams
• Hands-on laboratory activities
• Research assignments, with direct instruction and coaching
In addition, teachers and students have at their disposal a number of tools that are unique to electronic learning environments:
• Electronic simulation activities
• Discussion boards and email
• Assessments with real-time feedback
• Interactive activities that engage both the student and teacher in subject