Grade 12 Chemistry

PREREQUISITE: Chemistry, Grade 11, University Preparation

GRADE: 12 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time, Part-time, Private and Online

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. In Grade 12 Chemistry, emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.


Organic Chemistry

Essential Question: Are organic chemical compounds good for us? How does the knowledge of organic structures impact human health and the environment?

  • In this unit, students will learn about organic compounds, their properties and their reactions. Many of the most important compounds encountered in daily life are organic compounds.


Structure and Properties of Matter

Essential Question: How do molecular structures impact the behaviour and properties of many chemicals around us?

  • In this unit, students will learn about how the structure of a molecule impacts on how it behaves.


Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction

Essential Question: How do we get energy to power our bodies and cities?

  • In this unit, students will learn that energy is at the heart of everything they do: right now there are millions of chemical reactions taking place in the body that provide energy to live and heat. Other processes important to life also require energy: combustion to power transportation, manufacturing fertilizers and other industrial processes. In this unit, students will examine how chemical reactions produce energy in other forms, such as heat. Students will also look at how those reactions proceed, especially the rate of reaction, and the factors that impact rate.


Chemical Systems and Equilibrium

Essential Question: How can we make sense of incomplete and/or reversible chemical systems?

  • In this unit, students will learn about the balance achieved in chemistry and the factors that affect that balance. Up to now, students have assumed that reactions start with reactants and end with products; in this unit, they will see that most chemical reactions aren’t complete: that there are both products and reactants left when the system reaches equilibrium. This is an important concept that has had interesting scientific and even economic impacts.



Essential Question: How can we build a better environmentally friendly battery?

  • In this unit, students will study electrochemistry. Have you ever seen a rusted car or used a battery operated device? These are both examples of electrochemistry in daily life. Electrochemistry is the study of the movement of electrons and the electric charge they carry with them. In this unit, students will take a closer look at REDOX reactions and all of the useful things they do.


10% of Final Grade

  • This project is one of the final evaluations of Grade 12 Chemistry. This project will be challenge students to use knowledge acquired throughout this course and is worth 10% of the final grade.


Proctored Exam20% of Final Grade

  • This exam is the final evaluation of Grade 12 Chemistry. Students need to arrange their final exam 10 days in advance. All coursework should be completed and submitted before writing the final exam, please be advised that once the exam is written, any outstanding coursework will be given a grade of zero. The exam will be two hours.