Chemistry A2 Topics

Length of course: 5 half-day sessions
Boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR/A

This course revises topics which are common to the following A2 specifications:
AQA 2421; Edexcel 9CH01; OCR/A H434

Physical Chemistry I

  • Kinetics: Quantitative study of kinetics; Using rate determining steps to derive simple mechanisms
  • Energetics: Including solubility; Born-Haber cycles
  • Entropy: Stability of chemicals; Direction of chemical change, ∆S, Gibbs Free Energy 
  • Equilibria: Kc, qualitative effects of temperature; Concentration and catalysts
  • Rates and Equilibria in Industry

Physical Chemistry II

  • Quantitative study of Acid-Base Equilibria: Including buffers, titration curves and indicators
  • Redox Equilibria: Oxidation number; Half-equations; Electrochemical series, E, Ecell and reaction prediction

Inorganic Chemistry – Transition Elements

  • General properties: Electronic configurations; Definitions and colour (d-orbital splitting)
  • Complex Ions: Shapes; Monodentate and bidentate ligands; Steroisomerism
  • Ligand Substitution Reactions: Water; Ammonia and chloride as ligands; Copper and cobalt complexes; Entropy effects; Precipitation Reactions (NaOH and NH3)
  • Variable oxidation states: Catalysis: Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts; Industrial examples
  • Redox Titrations: MnO4- and I2/S2O32-

Organic Chemistry I

  • Isomerism: E/Z, chirality; Optical isomerism and racemic mixtures
  • Arenes: Benzene structure and stability; Nitration; Acylation; Phenol
  • Aldehydes and Ketones: Fehling’s solution; Tollen's reagent; 2, 4-DNP; Reduction with NaBH4/LiAlH4; Reaction with CN-; Oxidation
  • Carboxylic Acids and their derivatives
  • Amines: Amines as bases; Reaction with halogenoalkanes; Nitrobenzene to phenylamine
  • Mechanisms: Electrophilic substitution; Nucleophilic addition, SN1 vs. SN2

Organic Chemistry II

  • Amino Acids: As acids and bases; Zwitterions; Peptides; Protein hydrolysis; Separation by chromatography
  • Polymers: Addition and condensation; Polyesters; Polyamides Problems with disposal
  • Analysis: Chromatography Mass spectroscopy; IR, NMR
  • Organic Synthesis