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AS & A Level Chemistry Textbooks

Chemistry AS and A Level will be taught from 2015, with AS first being awarded and 2016 and A Level in 2017.

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Core Content

Below are some of the key points for the government document on subject content for Chemistry.

  • Knowledge of formulae, equations and amounts of substance: empirical and molecular formulae, balanced chemical equations, the Avogadro constant and the amount of substance, relative atomic mass and relative isotopic mass, calculations of reacting masses, mole concentrations, volumes of gases, per cent yieldss and atom economies, simple acid-base titrations, non-structured titration calculations.
  • Atomic structure: structure and electronic configuration of atoms, ions and isotopes.
  • Bonding and structure: interpretation ofionic and covalent bonding in terms of electron arrangements, permanent and induced dipole-dipole interactions between molecules, shapes of simple molecules and ions with up to six outerpairs of electrons.
  • Energetics: enthalpy changes, use of Hess's law to calculate enthalpy changes, use of energetics.
  • Kinetics: a qualitative understanding of collision theory, the role of catalysts in providing alternative routes of lower activation energy.
  • Equilibria: the dynamic nature of equilibria, equilibrium constants, the Bronsted-Lowry theory of acid-base reactions, dissociation constants of weak acids.
  • Redox: oxidation states and their calculation, oxidation and reducation as electron transfer, electrode potentials and their applications.
  • Inorganic chemistry and the periodic table: the organisation of elements, the characteristic reactions of the elements and compounds of a metallic group and a non-metallic group, trends in properties of elements across a period including melting point and ionisation energy.
  • Organic chemistry: functional groups, single and double covalent bonds, the structure of and the bonding in benzene, organic synthesis.
  • Modern analytical techniques: the use of mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and chromatography in analysis.