Grade 12, University Preparation (SCH4U)


Course Title : Chemistry, Grade 12, University Preparation (SCH3U)

Course Name : Chemistry

Course Code : SCH4U

Grade : 12

Course Type:: University Preparation

Credit Value: 1.0

Prerequisite: Chemistry 11, University Preparation,SCH3U

Curriculum Policy Document : Science, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, 2008  (Revised)


Course Description
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.
Outline of Course Content


Titles and Descriptions

Time  and Sequence

Unit 1

Review of Basic Chemistry

The purpose of this unit is to ensure that students have the necessary analytical, mathematic and communication skills necessary for success in this course. Review from prior courses, including nomenclature, the mole, types of reactions, and mathematical calculation and prediction of reaction products and reactants are surveyed.

7 hours

Unit 2

Organic Chemistry

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the structure,propertiesandchemicalbehaviourofcompounds within each class of organic compounds. They will investigate organic compounds and organic chemical reactions, and represent the compounds in various ways. They will assess the social and environmental impactof organic compounds used in everyday life, and develop action plans to reduce the use of compounds that are harmful to humans and theenvironment.

20 hours

Unit 3

Structure of Matter

Students will demonstrate an understanding of atomic structure and chemical bonding, and how they relate to the physical properties of ionic, molecular, covalent network, and metallic substances. They will investigate the molecular shapes and physical properties of various types of matter. They will assess the benefits to society and evaluate the environmental impact of products and technologies that apply principles related to the structure of properties of matter.

20 hours


Energy Changes and Rates of Reactions

Students will demonstrate an understanding of energy changes and rates of reaction. They will investigate and analyseenergychangesandratesofreactioninphysicaland chemical processes, and solve related problems. They will analyse technologies and chemical processes that area based on energy changes, and evaluate them in terms of their efficiency and their effects on theenvironment.



Chemical Systems and Equilibrium

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the concept ofdynamicequilibriumandthevariablesthatcauseshiftsin the equilibrium of chemical systems. They will investigate the qualitative and quantitative nature of chemical systems atequilibrium,andsolverelatedproblems.Theywillanalyse chemical equilibrium processes, and assess their impact on biological, biochemical and technologicalsystems.

20 hours



Students will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of oxidation-reduction reactions and the many practical applications of electrochemistry. They will investigateredoxreactionsusingagalvaniccell,andanalyse electrochemical reactions in qualitative and quantitative terms.Theywillanalysetechnologiesandprocessesrelating toelectrochemistry,andtheirimplicationsforsociety,heath and safety, and theenvironment.

20 hours


Final Evaluation

The final assessment task is a three hour exam worth 30% of the student’s final mark.

3 hours



110 hours