IBDP Chemistry Chapter 12 Notes

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STUDY NOTES FOR CHEMISTRY CHAPTER 12 – OPTION A MATERIALS

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Chemistry IBDP is one of the six group 4 Sciences of the IB curriculum. The IBDP Chemistry program explores the three important aspects of chemistry: Physical, Organic, and Inorganic chemistry. The program requires the student to take a look at the qualitative and quantitative aspects of each of the sections using a range of techniques. These techniques range from informative theoretical knowledge to practical applications in the lab and the real world.

This holistic approach allows students to learn in a variety of methods including but not limited to exploration, discovery, gathering and interpreting data, analysing outcomes, and giving feedback. The IBO’s special attention to criteria ensures that the student can interconnect the subjects they have chosen and be able to apply them in real life.

In this optional chapter of IBDP Chemistry, we take an in-depth look at the Materials one comes across in chemistry. The chapter can be divided into nine sections, all of which are covered comprehensively in our notes. We begin by introducing how materials may be classified and their connection to types of bonds. We then explain the reduction of metals using examples and how they may be used to understand their reactivity and the formation of alloys. We then take a look at para and diamagnetic materials and the spectroscopic methods that help study metals.

The next section discusses catalysts, their functions, characteristics, and types using various examples. Afterwards, we will study liquid crystals and their characteristics and functions, specifically exploring their ability to transmit light. The next section focuses on polymers, their characteristics, and various classifications depending on their properties. We then study nanotechnology and its effective use in various branches of chemistry. The seventh section analyses the environmental impact of plastics whereas the following section takes a closer look at condensation polymers and their chemical intricacies.

The final section expands on the environmental impact of metals, discussing ideas of metal adsorption and the Chelating effect.

At the end of this chapter, we can expect the students to identify and discern between materials and explore their uses and impacts throughout their IBDP career and beyond.