Intermediate 2 Chemistry
The Intermediate 2 course introduces an understanding of the physical and natural environments at atomic level and continues the development of the problem solving and practical skills associated with scientific enquiry. Much of the course involves practical work which helps pupils with their understanding of the concepts taught in class
The Intermediate 2 course is split into 3 units and is taught over one or two years. Much of the course involves practical work which helps pupils with their understanding of the concepts taught in class.
Unit 1 Building Blocks
This unit studies elements and compounds, chemical reactions, bonding, the structure of the atom, and chemical calculations.
Unit 2 Carbon Compounds
This unit looks at crude oil and how we can extract useful chemicals from it. We then look at some of the compounds found in crude oil such as the alkanes and alkenes. Plastics, fats, oils and proteins are also studied.
Unit 3 Acids, Bases and Metals
This unit looks at the reactions of acids and the reactions of metals, such as corrosion. A further study of chemical calculations is examined in this unit.
Pupils sit a test at the end of each section and a national assessment (NAB) at the end of each unit. In addition, students will carry out a series of 9 prescribed practical activities which relate directly to the course content.
The intermediate 2 course is examined by an SQA exam. The pupils are awarded an A, B or C grade if they pass the final exam and if they have also passed their end of unit assessments.
A satisfactory pass at Intermediate 2 allows the pupils to study chemistry at Higher level in S5 or S6.