The study of Chemistry recognises that a study of the nature of materials includes natural and made substances, their structures, changes and environmental importance. The history and philosophy of science as it relates to the development of the understanding, utilisation and manipulation of chemical systems is important in developing current understanding in Chemistry and its applications in the contexts of technology, society and the environment.
- How substances are classified.
- How substances react.
- Why substances react.
- What happens when substances react.
- How substances are used by humans.
- How we can use substances to monitor the environment.
Students at STHS perform at a high level in the HSC for Chemistry with state rankings achieved each year. Chemistry teaching focuses on scaffolding the longer response questions and ensuring that the boys are well prepared for the HSC.
Preliminary Course Topics (Chemistry)
- THE CHEMICAL EARTH
In order to use the Earth’s resources effectively and efficiently, it is necessary to understand the properties of the elements and compounds found in the mixtures that make up earth materials.
In this unit we apply models, theories and laws to classify materials.
Metals make up the majority of the elements. In this unit we examine the physical and chemical properties of metals.
The periodic Table was a breakthrough in the systematic organization and study of chemistry and has enabled scientists to predict the discovery of further elements.
The particular properties of the water molecule assisted the evolution of life and continue to support life processes. The chemistry of solutions is also examined.
The concepts of bonding and intermolecular forces are used to increase our understanding of the special nature of the water molecule.
Fossil fuels are carbon compounds. In this unit we examine the structure and properties of carbon as well as the reactions, including combustion.
HSC Course Topics (Chemistry)
- THE PRODUCTION OF MATERIALS
In this unit we examine the search for new compounds to replace the dwindling resources from the petrochemical industry.
We also examine the role of nuclear chemistry in industry and medicine.
- THE ACIDIC ENVIRONMENT
Many industries use acidic and basic compounds for a wide range of purposes and their compounds are found in daily use within the home.
We also examine the impact of the increased release of acidic and basic substances on the environment and the organisms within those environments.
- CHEMICAL MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT
Pollution of air, land and water is a concern for our planet. In this unit we examine the technologies that facilitate the gathering of information about the occurrence of chemicals and their impact on the environment.
- OPTION: INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY
Some chemicals have been produced to replace naturally occurring chemicals that are no longer available. Industrial chemical processes cover the full range of reactions and concentrate on some case studies.