This module provides an introduction to basic inorganic, physical and organic chemistry. The arrangement of elements in the Periodic Table and the naming system for simple compounds and ions is explained. The concept of the mole is introduced and applied to chemical reactions and to solution concentration. The extent and rate of chemical reactions are investigated. The theory of acids and bases is introduced. The structure and naming system for simple organic functional groups is outlined, and some of their reactions introduced. Practical skills relevant to the practise of chemistry are developed in the laboratory.
Write the electron configuration for elements up to Radon in the Periodic Table.
Calculate and report the concentration of a solution using appropriate units.
Name simple ionic and covalent compounds.
Predict the effect of a stress applied to a system at equilibrium.
Name, identify or draw structures for small organic molecules containing the following functional groups: alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, benzene, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones and acids.
Write products for single-step reactions involving interconversion of some of the functional groups.
Carry out volumetric analyses, and use laboratory apparatus for basic inorganic and organic chemistry reactions.