The topics that are required study are:1.Quantitative chemistry2.Atomic structure3.Periodicity4.Bonding5.Energetics6.Kinetics7.Equilibrium8.Acids and bases9.Oxidation and reduction10.Organic chemistry11.Measurement and data processing
In addition, 2 option topics are requiredstudy from the following selection:A.Modern analytical chemistryB.Human biochemistryC.Chemistry in industry and technologyD.Medicine and drugsE.Environmental chemistryF.Food chemistryG.Further organic chemistry
There is also a mathematicscomponent to the course that isassessed.You will need a graphicalcalculator.
How will I be taught?Instruction is dependent on many factorsbut will range from direct instruction tocollaborative activities to independentinquiry.A lot of information must be learnedwithin a short period of time so the paceis rapid.It is important to be organized and self-directed.
How will I be assessed?Assessment is external and internal.External assessment is based on testperformance and accounts for 76% ofthe final grade.Internal assessment is based onpractical work and accounts for 24% ofthe final grade.
External assessment for the IB Diploma is divided into 3separate exams called Papers.• Paper 1 is 1 hour with 40 multiple choice questions on the required topics. • It is 20% of the final mark.• Paper 2 is 2 hour 15 minutes with data-based/short- answer questions and extended-response questions in 2 sections on the required topics. • It is 36% / 32% of the final mark.• Paper 3 is a 1 hour 15 minutes with short-answer questions on each of the 2 option topics. • It is 20% / 24% of the final mark.
Internal assessment requires aminimum of 60 / 40 hours of hands-oninvestigation, excluding write-up time,and a minimum number of assessedpieces of work.
Written reports on practical work areassessed according to 3 prescribedassessment criteria: • Design – 6% of the final mark • Data collection and processing– 6% of the final mark • Conclusion and evaluation– 6% of the final markA minimum of 2 assessed pieces of workper criterion are required.
Chemistry is in Group 4 of the IB DiplomaProgramme and fulfils 1 of its requirements.It is important for entrance and placement inpost-secondary institutions.It provides a fundamental basis forunderstanding the physical world.It is intellectually engaging and enjoyable.