The identification, analysis and monitoring of chemicals is of immense importance in a number of fields, including scientific research, medicine, environmental management and mining.
This course goes beyond the requisite content knowledge of the NSW HSC Chemistry syllabus, enabling chemistry teachers to confidently deliver module 8 to students.
The following content will be covered during the course:
Module 1: Substances in the environment
- Classifying inorganic and organic substances
- Monitoring the environment
- Analysis of inorganic and organic substances.
Module 2: Analysis of inorganic substances
- Earth’s composition
- Monitoring air, water and soil
- Qualitative analysis - flame tests, precipitation reactions and complexation reactions
- Quantitative analysis - gravimetric analysis, precipitation titrations, complexometric titrations
- Analysis using instrumentation.
Module 3: Analysis of organic substances
- Qualitative tests for the presence of functional groups
- Infrared spectroscopy
- Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
- Mass spectrometry.
Module 4: Chemical synthesis and design
- Availability of reagents
- Reaction conditions
- Yield and purity
- Industrial uses.