- Grade 12
PREREQUISITE: Chemistry, Grade 11, University Preparation
GRADE: 12 (University)
AVAILABILITY: Full-time – All Campuses, Part-time – All campuses, Private – All campuses, Blyth Academy Online
THE ONTARIO CURRICULUM: Science
SCH4U online enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. In SCH4U online, emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment. Whether you take this course online or in-person on campus, it’s designed to help prepare students for the next steps in their science education. Both online and in-person offerings of this chemistry course follow the same curriculum.
Below is a course outline created by Blyth Academy for college preparatory chemistry. It is the same whether you take this course online or in-person on campus. SCH4U is divided into five units: organic chemistry and how it affects human health and the environment; structure and properties of matter and molecular structure; energy changes and rates of reaction in humans and industry; chemical systems and equilibrium; and electrochemistry in battery building. The five units touch on key topics in chemistry, providing a broad knowledge base for students.
Take a closer look at the details of the five units in this course and read more about how each unit’s essential question relates to what students will learn. The units in SCH4U will provide a solid foundation for future advanced coursework in chemistry as students graduate and move on to college.
Essential Question: Are organic chemical compounds good for us? How does the knowledge of organic structures impact human health and the environment?
In this unit, students will learn about organic compounds, their properties and their reactions. Many of the most important compounds encountered in daily life are organic compounds.
Structure and Properties of Matter
Essential Question: How do molecular structures impact the behaviour and properties of many chemicals around us?
In this unit, students will learn about how the structure of a molecule impacts on how it behaves.
Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction
Essential Question: How do we get energy to power our bodies and cities?
In this unit, students will learn that energy is at the heart of everything they do: right now there are millions of chemical reactions taking place in the body that provide energy to live and heat. Other processes important to life also require energy: combustion to power transportation, manufacturing fertilizers and other industrial processes. In this unit, students will examine how chemical reactions produce energy in other forms, such as heat. Students will also look at how those reactions proceed, especially the rate of reaction, and the factors that impact rate.
Chemical Systems and Equilibrium
Essential Question: How can we make sense of incomplete and/or reversible chemical systems?
In this unit, students will learn about the balance achieved in chemistry and the factors that affect that balance. Up to now, students have assumed that reactions start with reactants and end with products; in this unit, they will see that most chemical reactions aren’t complete: that there are both products and reactants left when the system reaches equilibrium. This is an important concept that has had interesting scientific and even economic impacts.
Essential Question: How can we build a better environmentally friendly battery?
In this unit, students will study electrochemistry. Have you ever seen a rusted car or used a battery operated device? These are both examples of electrochemistry in daily life. Electrochemistry is the study of the movement of electrons and the electric charge they carry with them. In this unit, students will take a closer look at REDOX reactions and all of the useful things they do.
The culminating project will be 10% of the final grade, and the final exam will be 20% of the final grade — review details of the culminating project and when to schedule the final exam.
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