Welcome to IB Chemistry SL

IB Chemistry SL is a challenging yet relatively easy course to score a passing IB grade.
IB Chemistry HL offers more challenges but is a rewarding course for those who are prepared to work that extra bit harder.
Note that I will develop a special HL site as a complement to this SL site.

We will review and go deeper into the basic concepts of Chemistry covered in the pre-IB Chem-intro course.

Please read the various attachments at the bottom of this page.

    1.  The course guide contains much more information than you
         need right now but the details of the course plans can be
         found below and elsewhere in this site.
    2.  The data booklet contains information that you will need in
         the exam and other assessments -
         make your own copy and keep it with your Chem notes.

    3.  The grade descriptors give a feeling of what is required
         to achieve the various grade levels.

            The course can be summarised as follows ..
  • Electron structure of atoms, periodicity + the periodic table
  • Bonding, compounds, formulas, reactions + equations
  • Energy changes, reaction rates + equilibrium
  • Acids + alkalis (or bases)
  • REDOX reactions
  • Organic/Carbon chemistry
  • Stoichiometry - chemical calculations, data collection + presentation
A possible course time table ...

 HT/Autumn IB1
 text ref
  2. Atomic Structure
  p.31-49 36-37
  3. Periodicity 
  4. Bonding
  1. Quantitative Chemistry

 VT/Spring IB1
 text ref
  5. Energetics 
  6. Kinetics   
  7. Equilibrium
  p.129-143 15-18
11. Measurement & Data Processing
  Practice exams

 HT/Autumn IB2
 text ref
  8. Acids & Bases
  p.144-160 36-40
  9. Oxidation & Reduction  
10. Organic Chemistry
  p.183-213 46-51

 VT/Spring IB2
 text ref
 Options ...
 B. Biochemistry 

 Mock exams

 D. Medicines & Drugs  p.328-363 8-14
  Final exams

IA’s will be undertaken as lab work and visits to Stockholm University

IA  deadline will be wk 8 during the final term of your course.

A good web site to consult is http://www.chemguide.co.uk/
STOP PRESS!!! check out the Wikibook about IB Chemistry.
There are other IB subjects available as Wikibooks available from this page too.

Another site worth checking out ... chemguide

Mathematical prerequisites stated in the IB course guide ...

All Diploma Programme chemistry students should be able to:
    • perform the basic arithmetic functions: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
    • carry out calculations involving means, decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios, approximations and reciprocals
    • use standard notation (for example, 3.6 × 106)
    • use direct and inverse proportion
    • solve simple algebraic equations
    • plot graphs (with suitable scales and axes) and sketch graphs
    • interpret graphs, including the significance of gradients, changes in gradients, intercepts and areas
    • interpret data presented in various forms (for example, bar charts, histograms and pie charts).

Peter Morris,
4 sep. 2008 23:47
Peter Morris,
4 sep. 2008 23:47
Peter Morris,
4 sep. 2008 23:47