A Level Chemistry
“All that glitters may not be gold, but at least it contains free electrons!” – John Desmond Baernal
Studying A-Level Chemistry may seem quite daunting to some students due to the involvement of calculations, complex ideas and challenging thought processes required. However, once it is understood that Chemistry is the study of Biology in a more quantitative method, it becomes a lot more accessible to students. Chemistry is primarily the study of how reactions occur, both inside the human body and in the surrounding environment. The course encounters topics which are very much relatable to the real world. Studying A-Level Chemistry will most definitely answer the most common question – ‘Why?’ Why is global warming actually occurring? Is it even occurring? Why and how are mobile phones becoming smaller? Such questions are just a brief insight as to what is offered in A-Level Chemistry.
In terms of topics, the course entails a vast amount of subject content, some of which is summarised below:
- Building upon fundamental concepts such as atomic structure, periodicity and the calculations of amounts of substances in terms of moles, molar gas volumes and empirical formulae
- Nomenclature and isomerism of organic compounds
- The study of kinetics of chemical reactions by deduction of the rate equation and constants
- Importance of equilibria in industrial processes
- Mechanistic detail of reactions such as nucleophilic substitution and electrophilic addition
- In-depth understanding of thermodynamics and it’s applications
A-Level Chemistry would be well suited for anyone who has keen interest in the processes which underlie the worldly life. It would be enjoyed by anyone who also envisions taking A-Level Biology or Mathematics, as both of these provide excellent rudiments for the Chemistry course, and would also develop a strong profile for medical and dental applications.