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Chemistry - Leaving Cert

On this page you will find chemistry resources for teachers and pupils in second level education. Sites listed here will be a useful resource for chemistry classes. Chemistry at Leaving Cert is examined at Ordinary Level and Higher Level.

The objectives of the Ordinary Level Syllabus are:
1. Knowledge
This includes: basic chemical terminology, facts, principles and methods, and scientific theory
2. Understanding
This includes: how chemistry relates to everyday life, basic chemical principles and how chemical problems can be solved
3. Skills
This includes: perform experiments safely and co-operatively, select and manipulate suitable apparatus, make accurate observations and measurements, interpret experimental data
4. Competence
This includes: translate scientific information, organise chemical ideas and statements, use chemical facts and principles to make qualitative chemical predictions, perform simple chemical calculations
5. Attitudes
This includes: advances in chemistry and their influence on our lives, understanding of how chemistry contributes to the social and economic development of society, how chemists work.

The objectives of the Higher Level Syllabus are:
1. Knowledge
This includes: basic chemical terminology, facts, principles and methods, scientific theories and their limitations

2. Understanding
This includes: how chemistry relates to everyday life, scientific information in verbal, graphical and mathematical form,  basic chemical principles, how chemical problems can be solved, The scientific method

3. Skills
This includes: follow instructions, perform experiments safely and co-operatively, select and manipulate suitable apparatus to perform specified tasks, make accurate observations and measurements, interpret experimental data and assess the accuracy of experimental results

4. Competence
This includes: translate scientific information, organise chemical ideas and statements, write clearly about chemical concepts and theories, report experimental procedures and results, explain both familiar and unfamiliar phenomena, use chemical facts and principles to make chemical predictions, perform simple chemical calculations, identify public issues and misconceptions relating to chemistry and analyse them critically

5. Attitudes
This includes: advances in chemistry and their influence on our lives, understanding of chemistry contributes to
the social and economic development of society

Ordinary Level Syllabus

Ordinary Level Core
1. Periodic Table and Atomic Structure
2. Chemical Bonding
3. Stoichiometry, Formulas and Equations
4. Volumetric Analysis
5. Fuels and Heats of Reaction
6. Rates of Reaction
7. Organic Chemistry
8. Chemical Equilibrium
9. Environmental Chemistry: Water

Ordinary Level: Option 1
1A. Additional Industrial Chemistry
1B. Atmospheric Chemistry

Ordinary Level: Option 2
2A. Materials
2B. Additional Electrochemistry and the Extraction of Metals

Higher Level Syllabus

Higher Level Core
1. Periodic Table and Atomic Structure
2. Chemical Bonding
3. Stoichiometry, Formulas and Equations
4. Volumetric Analysis
5. Fuels and Heats of Reaction
6. Rates of Reaction
7. Organic Chemistry
8. Chemical Equilibrium
9. Environmental Chemistry: Water

Higher Level: Option 1
1A. Additional Industrial Chemistry
1B. Atmospheric Chemistry

Higher Level: Option 2
2A. Materials
2B. Additional Electrochemistry and the Extraction of Metals

 

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