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.
IB CHEMISTRY HIGHER AND STANDARD LEVELS
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
This laboratory course covers in detail the mathematical, theoretical, and physical
aspects of the composition and structure of matter.
Topics covered include:
atomic structure, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, periodicity, bonding, organic
chemistry, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation
reduction reactions, and
additional special topics.
the course offers students the opportunity to
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
communicate scientific ideas, arguments and practical
in a variety of ways.
They will also have the opportunity to
analytically, critically and
creatively to solve
problems, judge arguments and make decisions i
n scientific and other
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