Sciences

Group 4 – Sciences

Physics
Chemistry

Physics

PHYSICS (SL and HL)
Course Guide for Graduates in 2017

Philosophy:
“Physics is a tortured assembly of contrary qualities: of skepticism and rationality, of freedom and revolution, of passion and aesthetics, and of soaring imagination and trained common sense.” Leon M Lederman (Nobel Prize for Physics, 1988)

Aims/Goals:

Physics aims to:

  • Appreciate scientific study and creativity within a global context through stimulating and challenging opportunities
  • Acquire and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology
  • Develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesize scientific information
  • Develop a critical awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities
  • Develop experimental and investigative scientific skills, including the use of current technologies
  • Develop and apply 21st-century communication skills in the study of science
  • Become critically aware, as global citizens, of the ethical implications of using science and technology
  • Develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of science and technology develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge.

 

Course Outline

Physics is divided into 11 units of study.  Some concepts are studied by all students and some are studied by HL students only.  Topics are not listed here in the order that they will be taught.

Topic 1 – Measurements and Uncertainties

  • Measurements in Physics
  • Uncertainties and errors
  • Vectors and scalars

 

Topic 2 – Mechanics

  • Motion
  • Forces
  • Word, energy and power
  • Momentum and impulse

 

Topic 3 – Circular motion and gravitation

  • Circular motion
  • Newton’s law of gravitation

 

Topic 4 – Waves & Wave Phenomena

  • Oscillations
  • Travelling waves
  • Wave Characteristics
  • Wave behaviours
  • Standing waves
  • Simple harmonic (HL)
  • Single-slit diffraction (HL)
  • Interference (HL)
  • Resolution (HL)

 

Topic 5 – Imaging

  • Introduction to imaging
  • Imaging instrumentation
  • Fiber Optic (HL)
  • Medical Imaging (HL)

 

Topic 6 – Electricity and magnetism

  • Electric fields
  • Heating effect of electric currents
  • Electric Cell
  • Magnetic effects of electric currents

 

Topic 7 –Nuclear physics (Quantum, Atomic, Particle)

  • Discrete energy and radioactivity
  • Nuclear reactions
  • The structure of matter
  • The interaction of matter with radiation (HL)
  • Nuclear physics (HL)

 

Topic 8 – Thermal Physics

  • Thermal Concepts
  • Modeling a gas

 

Topic 9 – Energy Production

  • Energy sources
  • Thermal energy transfer

 

Topic 10 – Electromagnetic induction

  • Electromagnetic induction (HL)
  • Power generation and transmission (HL)
  • Capacitance  (HL)

 

Topic 11 – Fields

  • Describing fields (HL)
  • Fields at work (HL)

 

Assessment:

For physics, the weight of assessment elements vary for HL and SL students:

SL

Paper 1 Externally assessed– 20%
Paper 2 Externally assessed – 40%
Paper 3 Externally assessed – 20%
Scientific Investigation Internally assessed – 20%

HL level

Paper 1 Externally assessed – 20%
Paper 2 Externally assessed – 36%
Paper 3 Externally assessed – 24%
Scientific Investigation Internally assessed – 20%
  • Exams are written in May of the second year
  • Check Managebac for all major assessment due dates

Chemistry

Chemistry (SL and HL)
Course Guide for Graduates in 2017

Philosophy:
Through the study of Chemistry students will become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Chemistry is an experimental science that combines practical and investigative skills. Chemistry is often a pre-requisite for further scientific studies in further education. Chemistry looks at the combination of elements, both in the modern sense as well as in the historical ‘Alchemy’ sense. DP Chemistry includes the essential principals of the subject as well as the chance to explore one topic in further detail. An Emphasis on the practical approach to Chemistry through experimentation ensures that students are well equipped to understand how to make scientific observations.

Chemistry Aims to:

  • Appreciate scientific study and creativity within a global context through stimulating and challenging opportunities
  • Acquire and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology
  • Develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesize scientific information
  • Develop a critical awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities
  • Develop experimental and investigative scientific skills, including the use of current technologies
  • Develop and apply 21st-century communication skills in the study of science
  • Become critically aware, as global citizens, of the ethical implications of using science and technology
  • Develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of science and technology develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge.

 

Course Outline

Chemistry is divided into 12 units of study. Some concepts are studied by all students and some are studied by HL students only. Topics are not listed here in the order that they will be taught.

Note: Topics listed here may be subject to change between now and August 2015, at the teacher’s discretion.

Topic 1: Stoichiometric relationships

  • Introduction to the particulate nature of matter and chemical change
  • The mole concept
  • Reacting masses and volumes

Topic 2: Atomic structure

  • The nuclear atom
  • Electron configuration
  • Electrons in atoms (HL)

 

Topic 3: Periodicity/The Periodic table – The transitional metals

  • Periodic table
  • Periodic trends
  • First-row d-block elements (HL)
  • Coloured complexes (HL)

Topic 4: Chemical bonding and structure

  • Ionic bonding and structure
  • Covalent bonding
  • Covalent structures
  • Intermolecular forces
  • Metallic bonding
  • Covalent bonding and electron domain and molecular geometries (HL)
  • Hybridization  (HL)

 

Topic 5: Energetics/thermochemistry

  • Measuring energy changes
  • Hess’s Law
  • Bond enthalpies
  • Energy cycles (HL)
  • Entropy and spontaneity (HL)

 

Topic 6: Chemical kinetics

  • Collision theory and rates of reaction
  • Rate expression and reaction mechanism (HL)
  • Activation energy (HL)

 

Topic 7: Equilibrium

  • Equilibrium
  • The equilibrium law (HL)

 

Topic 8: Acids and bases

  • Theories of acids and bases
  • Properties of acids and bases
  • The pH scale
  • Strong and weak acids and bases
  • Acid deposition
  • Lewis acids and bases(HL)
  • Calculations involving acids and bases (HL)
  • pH curves  (HL)

 

Topic 9: Redox processes

  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Electrochemical cells
  • Electrochemical cells (HL)

 

Topic 10: Organic chemistry

  • Fundamentals of organic chemistry
  • Functional group chemistry
  • Types of organic reactions (HL)
  • Synthetic routes (HL)
  • Stereoisomerism (HL)

 

Topic 11: Measurement and data processing

  • Uncertainties and errors in measurement and results
  • Graphical techniques
  • Spectroscopic identification of organic compounds
  • Spectroscopic identification of organic compounds (HL)

 

Topic 12 – The Option

This topic will be one of the following:

  • Materials
  • Biochemistry
  • Energy
  • Medicinal Chemistry

The subject teacher will make this choice closer to the start of the school year.

Assessment:

For Chemistry, the weight of assessment elements vary for SL and HL students:

Standard Level (SL)

Paper 1 Externally assessed– 20%
Paper 2 Externally assessed – 40%
Paper 3 Externally assessed – 20%
Scientific Investigation Internally assessed – 20%

 

Higher Level (HL)

Paper 1 Externally assessed – 20%
Paper 2 Externally assessed – 36%
Paper 3 Externally assessed – 24%
Scientific Investigation Internally assessed – 20%
  • Exams are written in May of the second year
  • Check Managebac for all major assessment due dates