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This online course is for chemistry teachers or those aspiring to become chemistry teachers. It is particularly targeted to the NSW syllabus which is mapped to the Australian Curriculum.
The aim of the course is to upskill teachers beyond the requirements of their students. This will give teachers the confidence to address the needs of their students, see connections between topics and address the needs of those students more capable.
During this course we will conduct investigations to measure heat energy changes in the classroom and research laboratory, use experimental data to calculate enthalpy changes and demonstrate Hess’ Law. In addition, we will examine and clarify the relationship between enthalpy and entropy in calculating Gibbs free energy. Applications of the chemistry principles to industry and current research practices will also be provided throughout the course.
The role of enthalpy and entropy in the spontaneity of reactions and the relationship between the two state functions are essential to understanding chemical reactions.
This course goes beyond the requisite content knowledge of the NSW HSC Chemistry syllabus so chemistry teachers can confidently deliver module four to students.
This course will cover the following content:
Module 1: Energy changes in chemical reactions
Module 2: Enthalpy and Hess’s law
Module 3: Entropy and Gibbs free energy
- Current chemistry teachers
- Aspiring chemistry teachers.
Morgan is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow within the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at UTS. This position sees her coordinate and teach into a number of first and further year chemistry subjects, including Chemistry 1, Chemistry Bridging Course, Skills for the Professional Chemist and Environmental Chemistry.