GROUP 4 - CHEMISTRY

Chemistry is an experimental science concerned with the study of the materials of our environment, their properties and the ways in which they react with each other. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course and has a direct bearing on the student’s growing understanding of descriptive and theoretical chemistry.

Standard Level

Material covered in the core includes: stoichiometric relationships, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding and structure, energetics and thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, redox processes, organic chemistry and measurement and data processing and analysis.

Standard Level students are also required to study one option chosen from: Materials, Biochemistry, Energy and Medicinal Chemistry. The duration of the option is 15 hours. 

ASSESSMENT (SL)
Internal Assessment
The internal investigation is a report on a single investigation which involves approximately 10 hours and should be in the region of between 6-12 pages in length. (20%)
External Examinations
Paper 1: 30 multiple choice questions. (0.75 hour, 20%)
Paper 2: Short answer and extended response questions (1.25 hours, 40%).
Paper 3: One data-based and several short answer questions on experimental work. Short answer and extended response questions from the option studied (1 hour, 20%).

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Higher Level

Core material includes the same topics as the Standard Level course; however, these topics are extended to a greater depth and detail.

Higher Level students are also required to study one option chosen from: Materials, Biochemistry, Energy and Medicinal Chemistry. The duration of the option is 25 hours.

ASSESSMENT (HL)
Internal Assessment
The internal investigation is a report on a single investigation which involves approximately 10 hours and should be in the region of between 6-12 pages in length. (20%)
External Examinations
Paper 1:
40 multiple choice questions. (1 hour, 20%)
Paper 2: Short answer and extended response questions (2.25 hours, 36%).
Paper 3: One data-based and several short answer questions on experimental work. Short answer and extended response questions from the option studied (1.25 hours 24%).