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St Andrew's RC High School

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S5-6 Chemistry

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Course has very similar structure to Nat 5

Researching Chemistry – comprises of investigation and research assignment (marked by SQA)


Unit 1 – Chemical Changes and Structure

  • Controlling the rate of reaction
  • The Periodic Table: bonding and structure
  • Trends in the Periodic Table • Bonding in compounds

Unit 2 – Nature’s Chemistry

  • Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters
  • Fats, oils and soaps
  • Proteins
  • The chemistry of cooking and oxidation of food
  • Fragrances
  • Skin care

Unit 3 – Chemistry in Society

  • Getting the most from reactants: designing an industrial process
  • Calculations from equations
  • Percentage yield and atom economy
  • Equilibria
  • Chemical energy
  • Oxidising and reducing agents
  • Chromatography
  • Volumetric analysis


Researching Chemistry

Basic analytical techniques and equipment

Chemical Investigation – Determination of the concentration of SO2 in white wine.  Experiment involves titration of wine with Iodine solution and a suitable indicator.

Research Assignment – Also based on above experiment.  Results from above used in conjunction with researched information to produce assignment similar to that completed at Nat 5.