Experimental Sciences : Chemistry

Chemistry SL and HL

DP Chemistry SL and HL combine academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills through the experimental approach. The study of 10 core subjects demonstrates to students that chemical principles underpin all physical, environmental, and biological systems. Chemistry SL covers the essential principles of the 10 subject areas and Chemistry HL deepens these principals and adds more complex concepts to each subject area.

The Internal Assessment asks students to apply their learned concepts to a self-designed experiment, which students document in an article that gets externally assessed by the IB.

Through the selection of an optional subject area students are allowed some flexibility to learn about applied chemistry topics that reach into areas of industrial chemistry, engineering, medicine, and others.

Grade 11

Grade 12

1. Quantitative Chemistry

2. Atomic Structure

3. Periodicity

4. Bonding

5. Organic Chemistry

6. Oxidation & Red

7. Energetics

8. Kinetics

9. Equilibrium

10. Acids & Bases

Internal Assessment Option

Objectives and Practices
Throughout this challenging course, students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Furthermore, students enjoy multiple opportunities for scientific study and creative inquiry within a global context.

In addition, the course is designed to:
• employ the knowledge, methods, and techniques that characterize science and technology;
• develop an ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize scientific information;
• engender an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication;
• develop and apply communication technology skills in the study of science;
• raise awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic, and environmental implications of science and technology;
• develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists; and
• encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method.

Students will be assessed formatively and summatively on their Approaches to Learning skills, on their performance on tests and exams, and on their experimental work. The final mark out of 7 is based on their achievement on three exams (80%) written at the end of their second year, and on one 10-hour scientific investigation (20%), completed at the beginning of their second year.

External Assessment

Internal Assessment
(Externally Moderated)

Paper 1: Multiple Choice 20%

Paper 2: Data Analysis and Extended Response - 40% at SL; 36% at HL

Paper 3: Further Options for Study, 20% at SL; 24% at HL

Scientific Investigation: 20%

Students are evaluated on their personal engagement, exploration, analysis, evaluation and communication.