• Chemistry
    Pre-Diploma Chemistry (Grade 10)
    Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. It is called the central science, as chemical principals underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Topics addressed include atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, energetics, chemical reactions, acids and bases, measurement and data processing, and quantitative chemistry. In addition to addressing content, the course develops students’ skills in several areas, including making detailed observations, elements of sound experimental design, and using inductive and deductive reasoning to critically evaluate data. 
    While the Standard Level and the Higher Level Chemistry courses cover many of the same topics, the Higher Level requires a more intensive study of the content and labs that reflect the depth of knowledge required of the course curriculum.
    Biology is intimately related to chemistry; therefore, most International Baccalaureate Diploma courses have chemistry or physical science (with chemistry as a major component) as a prerequisite for Diploma Biology. Further, this course is one in a series of academic science courses that may be necessary for entry into the International Baccalaureate courses and college admissions. This laboratory course covers in detail the mathematical, theoretical, and physical aspects of the composition and structure of matter. Topics covered include: measurement, atomic structure, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, periodicity, bonding, organic chemistry, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation - reduction reactions, and additional special topics. Further, the course offers students the opportunity to develop inquiring minds and curiosity about science and the natural world, to develop skills of scientific inquiry to design and carry out scientific investigations and evaluate scientific evidence to draw conclusions and to communicate scientific ideas, arguments and practical experiences accurately in a variety of ways. They will also have the opportunity to think analytically, critically and creatively to solve problems, judge arguments and make decisions i n scientific and other contexts. All students will embark upon projects that involve the introduction and development of science based research as a core requirement. This course offers students opportunities to learn through a variety of instructional strategies that include project - based instruction.