Queensland Chemistry Context to Concept & CD-ROM

Queensland Chemistry Context to Concept & CD-ROM
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ISBN13 9780731400560
Pub date October 2007
Pages 596
RRP $99.95
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Queensland Chemistry Context to Concept is a full-colour text and CD-ROM resource package designed for the state's much-anticipated Chemistry syllabus. Written in the spirit of the syllabus, it explores eight popular Chemistry contexts and integrates the development of fundamental Chemistry concepts. The authors, Mark Ash and Mary Hill are respected and experienced teachers of Chemistry. Mark Ash is the author of Q Chemistry, which was written for the previous syllabus.

Key features:

  • Key ideas and key concepts from the syllabus to begin every context.
  • What do we think and know already? questions to establish students' prior knowledge and understanding.
  • Key Chemistry terms and facts defined at their point of use in the text.
  • Questions interspersed throughout chapters.
  • Review questions at the end of each chapter.
  • End-of-context questions, extended responses and stimulus responses.
  • Learning to learn features to teach key thinking and study skills.

Features of the CD-ROM:

  • The entire text including fully-worked solutions for all numerical questions
  • Practicals
  • Animations of key concepts

The strength of this exciting and authoritative resource is its offering of real-world contexts to engage students in an understanding and appreciation of Chemistry, which will equip them for both further study and life in a rapidly changing world.


CONTEXT 1: Our chemical universe
Chapter 1
: The origin of matter
Detecting elements in space
Knowledge and understanding through time

Chapter 2: Making sense of matter
The properties of matter
Types of materials

Building on the context
Learning to learn: summarising and taking notes

CONTEXT 2: The air up there
Chapter 3
: The air we breathe
Our atmosphere
Representing chemical changes - equations
Carbon dioxide
Other atmospheric gases
Extracting gases from air

Chapter 4: Our protective blanket
Radiation to warm the world
Ozone - the atmospheric sunscreen
What holds atoms together?
Destroying and saving ozone
The atmospheric energy balance
Keeping track of carbon dioxide
Dirtying the blanket

Chapter 5: Working with gases
What is a gas?
Properties and structure of molecular substances
Quantities for describing gases

Building on the context
Learning to learn: extracting and analysing information with T-charts

CONTEXT 3: Water for life
Chapter 6
: Water for our earth
Water on earth
The structure of water
The properties of water

Chapter 7: Water for us
Water for me
Water for Australia
What are salts?
How and why do ionic bonds form?
Ionic crystals

Chapter 8: What's in our water?
Solubility and precipitation
Solubility and mineral deposits

Building on the context
Learning to learn 3: identifying similarities and differences with Venn diagrams

CONTEXT 4: Our mineral resources
Chapter 9
: Metals
Metals through time
What is a metal?
The reactions of metals

Chapter 10: Minerals to metals - extraction and economics
Metals from minerals
The chemistry of extraction - redox in action
Dealing with masses of materials
When is it worth mining?

Chapter 11: Chemical analysis
How much is required?
Gravimetric analysis

Chapter 12: Aluminium - a thoroughly modern metal
From ore to metal
The properties and uses of Aluminium
Just a bit about magnesium

Building on the context
Learning to learn: habits of mind

CONTEXT 5: Fuels forever
Chapter 13
: We rely on petroleum
Fuels for all
What is petroleum

Chapter 14: The power of petrol
Getting petrol
Making petrol work
Refining and blending
Where does the energy come from?
Exothermic and endothermic reactions
Thermochemical equations
Exo or endo?

Chapter 15: Fuels and the future
Improving engine performance
Why are some reactions slow and some fast?
How do catalysts work?
Changing the fuel
Comparing the energy content of fuels

Building on the context
Learning to learn: concept mapping

CONTEXT 6: Materials (r)evolution
Chapter 16
: Large molecules
Network covalent bonding
Elements and compounds with network covalent bonding

Chapter 17: Ceramics
What is clay?
The beginnings of pottery
The history of pottery
What is glass?
The history of glassmaking
Glass today
New uses for old materials

Chapter 18: Polymer chemistry
What are polymers?
Some background organic chemistry

Chapter 19: Chemistry by design
Addition or chain growth polymerisation
Condensation or step-growth polymerisation
Properties of polymers, co-polymers and blends
Plastic waste and disposal

Building on the context
Learning to learn: decision-making matrixes

CONTEXT 7: Consumer chemistry
Chapter 20
: Consumer products and quality control
Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware
The chemist's solution - quality control
You as an analytical chemist

Chapter 21: Consumer responsibility
We, the users ...
Water purification at home

Chapter 22: Some of the chemistry behind it all
Rate of reaction - how fast do reactions go?
Equilibrium - a dynamic balancing act
Upsetting the balance

Chapter 23: The equilibrium empire strikes again
Acids, bases and water
Testing solutions of acids and bases
Acid/base calculations
Maintaining a desired pH
Titrations revisited

Building on the context
Learning to learn: visualisation

CONTEXT 8: The oceans - potential and problems
Chapter 24
: Exploring Earth's oceans
Earth's oceans
Scuba science
Pressure, temperature and volume

Chapter 25: Working beneath the sea
Corrosion prevention and acceleration
Restoration of metals

Building on the context
Learning to learn: graphic organisers

Appendix: Firsthand and secondhand investigations


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