Chemistry A level OCR/B/Salters for Year 13
- Week 1: Monday 28 March – Friday 1 April
- Week 2: Monday 4 April – Friday 8 April
- Week 3: Monday 11 April – Friday 15 April
OCR/B H433 Salters
Length of Course
9am to 5pm daily
This course is board-specific for the OCR/B/Salters specification (H433) and is for Year 13 students only.
The course will cover the following:
- Elements of life: atomic structure, atomic spectra and electron configurations; fusion reactions; mass
spectrometry and isotopes; the periodic table and Group 2 chemistry; bonding and the shapes of
molecules; chemical equations and amount of substance (moles); ions: formulae, charge density, tests;
titrations and titration calculations.
- Developing fuels: the chemical ideas in this module are: thermochemistry; organic chemistry: names
and combustion of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols; heterogeneous catalysis; reactions of alkenes; addition
polymers; electrophilic addition; gas volume calculations; shapes of organic molecules, σ- and π-bonds;
structural and E/Z isomers; dealing with polluting gases.
- Elements from the sea: halogen chemistry; redox chemistry and electrolysis; equilibrium; atom
- The ozone story: composition by volume of gases; the electromagnetic spectrum and the interaction
of radiation with matter; rates of reaction; radical reactions; intermolecular bonding; haloalkanes;
nucleophilic substitution reactions; the sustainability of the ozone layer.
- What’s in a medicine?: the chemistry of the –OH group, phenols and alcohols; carboxylic acids and
esters; mass spectrometry and IR spectroscopy; organic synthesis, preparative techniques and thin
layer chromatography; green chemistry.
- The chemical industry: kinetics, using experimental data, calculations involving order of reaction, rate
equations, rate constant and Arrhenius equation; equilibrium and equilibrium constant calculations;
effects of factors on the rate and equilibrium yields of reactions; aspects of nitrogen chemistry;
Sustainability – industrial processes, analysis of costs, benefits and risks of industrial processes
- Polymers and life: amino acid chemistry, structure of proteins, the structure and function of DNA and
RNA; Kinetics – enzyme chemistry; chemistry of carboxylic acids; homologous series and amides;
hydrolysis of esters, amides; condensation polymerisation; isomerism; mass spectra, proton and
carbon-13 spectra and combined techniques.
- Oceans: enthalpy calculations of lattice enthalpy, hydration energy and solution, entropy calculations;
acids and bases including calculations of pH and buffers; ‘greenhouse effect’
- Developing metals: redox titrations; cells and electrode potentials; d-block chemistry; colorimetry
- Colour by design: some chemistry of dyes; fats and oils, aromatic compounds; reactions of aromatic
and carbonyl compounds; nucleophilic addition; the chemical origins of colour in organic compounds;
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