PROGRAM

Chemical events take place at every stage of life and determine what happens in our environment. Everything that ensures the continuation of life has a chemical aspect. Chemistry is a branch of science based on countless observations and requires a systematic thought process. Our aim is for students to understand this process rather than to simply memorize facts. While solving students use a step-by-step, logical approach rather than memorized theoretical knowledge. A student who completes all Chemistry courses will have a strong background knowledge on Chemistry to succeed in any national and/or international external exams that covers Advanced Chemistry.

 

CHEMISTRY 9 – Grade 9 required course (2 hours)

Textbook: L. Brown, H. Lemay, B. Bursten, C. Murphy, P. Woodward, M. Stoltzfus, Chemistry the Central Science.,

Chemistry 9 is a required course for all grade 9 students. It is an introductory chemistry course based on providing background knowledge in General Chemistry. The topics of Chemistry 9 course are; Chemistry As a Science, Atom and Periodic System, Intermolecular Forces, The States of Matter and Chemistry and Environment.

The theoretical study of these topics is supported with practical work in the laboratory.

Studying the topics covered  in Chemistry 9 course will enable the students to develop scientific communication skills, laboratory skills, and analytical thinking skills while deepening the knowledge and understanding of chemistry and its application in daily life.

Assessments are based on class participation, laboratory performance and report, completion of the classworks and/or homework, quizzes and written exams.

 

CHEMISTRY 10 – Grade 10 required course (3 hours)

Textbook: L. Brown, H. Lemay, B. Bursten, C. Murphy, P. Woodward, M. Stoltzfus, Chemistry the Central Science

Chemistry 10, follows on from Chemistry 9 course topics and is taken by all grade 10 students. The topics of Chemistry 10 course are; Modern Atomic Theory and Electron Configuration, Periodic Table and Periodic Trends, Chemical Bonding, Attractions Between Particles, Nomenclature of Compounds, Organic Molecules, The Mole Concept, Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry, Gaseous State of Matter.

The theoretical work is supported with laboratory work.

Studying the topics taught in Chemistry 10 will enable students to develop strong analytical thinking skills, logical problem solving techniques, as well as deepening their knowledge and understanding of chemistry and its application to the natural and man-made environments. Students will need to apply prior learning in the sciences.

Assessments are based on laboratory group work, laboratory reports, worksheets and handouts, completion of regular homework, quizzes and written exams.

 

ADVANCED CHEMISTRY 1 – Grade 11 Elective Course (4 hours)

Textbook: L. Brown, H. Lemay, B. Bursten, C. Murphy, P. Woodward, M. Stoltzfus, Chemistry the Central Science

Advanced Chemistry 1  builds on the previous topics studied in Chemistry 9 and 10 and is strongly recommended if the students are planning to take Advanced Chemistry 2  in grade 12. This course is necessary for future study in several fields of science such as engineering and medicine. The major topics of Advanced Chemistry 1  include: Solutions, Thermochemistry (Energy Transfers in Chemical Reactions), Rates of Chemical Reactions, Equilibrium in Chemical Reactions, The Concept of Solubility Equilibrium, and Acids & Bases. The theoretical study of these topics is supported with laboratory work.

Studying the topics included in grade 11 Chemistry lesson will enable you to develop strong analytical thinking skills, variable problem solving techniques, as well as deepening your knowledge and understanding of chemistry and its application to natural and man-made environments. Students will need to apply prior learning in the sciences, especially the mole concept and its application to stoichiometry, as well as chemical bonding. Assessments are based on laboratory group work, laboratory reports, worksheets and handouts, quizzes, and written exams.

This course is very strongly recommended for students planning to take any national and/or international exams that require Advanced Chemsitry knowledge.


INTRODUCTION TO AP CHEMISTRY – Grade 11 Elective Course (3 hours)

This course has prerequisites.

Textbook: AP Chemistry Princeton Review

The Introduction to AP Chemistry course is designed to form a basis for the AP Chemistry exam given every spring by the College Board. The topics are equivalent to a first-year university course in chemistry, including the lab course. Students need to be prepared for rigorous, university-level course and the independent study required to succeed in such a course. High scores on the exam are accepted for credit at many universities both internationally and now in Turkey, however universities decide independently how to accept AP scores for credit. This course will place emphasis on topics that are not covered in depth in the regular UAA curriculum or are covered in 12th grade, but are required as part of the AP course curriculum. Because this course builds upon knowledge learned in 9th and 10th grade chemistry, a strong performance in 10th grade chemistry is required. End of first semester average in grade 10 chemistry should be 85 %. In addition, this course must be taken together with Advanced Chemistry 1. In Advanced Chemistry 1 course students will focus on lab work and calculations, in this course they will focus more on scientific inquiry into chemistry topics: how the topics of chemistry relate to each other and broader fields of study.

The course centers around six topics. These topics are Spectroscopy and Atomic Structure, Bonding and Intermolecular Forces, Thermodynamics, Chemical Equilibrium, Kinetics, and Advanced Chemical Reactions including Electrochemistry. The topics studied in this course will be practiced with a method consistent with the structure of the AP exam. Assessments are based on class participation, homework, quizzes, lab work and written exams. The exams will be similar in format and question style to AP exams.

This course is recommended for students considering the AP Chemistry exam either in support of their university application or in order to receive college credit. Moreover it will improve students’ knowledge and understanding of chemistry.


 

ADVANCED CHEMISTRY 2 – Grade 12 Elective Course (4 hours)

Textbook:  L. Brown, H. Lemay, B. Bursten, C. Murphy, P. Woodward, M. Stoltzfus, Chemistry the Central Science

Successful completion of Advanced Chemistry 1 is recommended for the students planning to take Advanced Chemistry 2.  The major theoretical topics are Acids & Bases II (including Buffers, Hydrolysis and Titration), Electrochemistry, a detailed look at Chemical Bonding and introduction to the important subtitles of Organic Chemistry.  It includes the advanced topics needed for students who are considering future study in several fields of science, such as engineering and medicine. The theoretical work is supported with laboratory work.

Studying the topics included in Advanced Chemistry 2 will enable you to develop strong analytical thinking skills, logical problem solving techniques, as well as deepening your knowledge and understanding of chemistry and its application to natural and man-made environments.  Students will need to apply prior learning in the sciences.  Assessments are based on laboratory work, worksheets and handouts, quiz, class performance and written exams.

This course is very strongly recommended for students planning to take any National and/or International exam that covers Advanced Chemistry.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES  AND THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET - Grade 12 Elective Course (2 hours)

Are you a sensible world citizen? If yes, then you must definitely be a part of this course. This is a multidisciplinary course mainly based on biology and chemistry. Hence, the course will be instructed both by a biology and a chemistry teacher to be able to discuss ecological problems from a broader perspective.

The students are expected to have an understanding of the essential attributes of the important environmental issues to be discussed in class and show how an individual, through their own lifestyle and personal preferences, can make an impact upon the environment and how they might be able to contribute in finding solutions to environmental problems.

The main topics to be discussed in this course to acquire a sustainable living on our planet are; Climate Change and Its Impacts, Atmospheric and Ocean Chemistry, Changes in the Arctic, Intensive Farming and Its Consequences.

There will be one written exam and a project on an environmental issue to be counted as the second written exam per semester. Two performance grades will be based on enthusiasm to be the part of the solution, creativity in raising awareness within the school community and completing assignments.

 

IB HIGH LEVEL (HL) CHEMISTRY

Textbook: C. Brown, M. Ford, Pearson Baccalaureate: Higher Level Chemistry, Second Edition, Pearson. (Interactive e-book included.)

HL Chemistry course aims to combine academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. The nature of science will be an overarching theme in chemistry clarifying the basis of, and reasoning underlying, scientific work. IB HL Chemistry course asks to question the theories and the need of discovery of the rules, to explore the Nature of Science, to criticize what we know is really true with a wide understanding rather than memorizing. Chemistry is a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education such as medicine, biological science and environmental science.

The topics studied in this course are; Stoichiometric Relationships, Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Chemical Bonding and Structure, Energetics and Thermochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Redox Processes, Organic Chemistry, Measurement and Data Processing. As a syllabus component, the program requires an option to be covered. The option topic will be ‘Energy’.

Chemistry topics are enriched by practical activities. Students are expected to carry out 40 hours of practical work where variety of instruments of technology will be involved. In addition; each student should prepare an authentic individual investigation of 10 hours that is commensurate with the level of the course. It is part of the in-school coursework, which will be sent to the IB but marked in school. The investigation consists of a chemistry project designed by the student, collecting and analyzing data in an exploration on a topic that he/she is interested in, and writing a formal paper on the subject. This paper will be between 6 and 12 pages long and forms 20% of the IB grade.

As another practical activity, students should get involved in the ‘Group 4 Project’ which is an interdisciplinary activity. Performance grades are based on class participation, being ready for class, completion of homework and worksheets, quizzes, projects and lab work. Any type of assessment will include past IB exam questions or similar ones, correct use of scientific terminology and lab work.

The two year IB Program curriculum will be covered by the end of November. Until the external examination in November, there will be intense review sessions of the IB topics which need to be completed for getting the IB Diploma. Supplementary worksheets and documents will be provided to the students.

After November, the focus will be on the topics which need to be studied for getting the UAA Diploma. Topics that are not covered within the IB program will be studied to meet the needs of any other external exams and MEB. Experiments will still be conducted related with the topics. The student success will be assessed by two written exams and two performance grades.