Cambridge AS and A Level Chemistry 9701 Syllabus 2022-2024

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Cambridge AS and A Level Chemistry 9701 Syllabus 2022-2024

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AS Level Chemistry Subject Content

AS Level Physical Chemistry Syllabus

1. Atomic structure

1.1 Particles in the atom and atomic radius

1.2 Isotopes

1.3 Electrons, energy levels, and atomic orbitals

1.4 Ionisation energy

2. Atoms, molecules, and stoichiometry

2.1 Relative masses of atoms and molecules

2.2 The mole and the Avogadro constant

2.3 Formulae

2.4 Reacting masses and volumes (of solutions and gases)

3. Chemical bonding

3.1 Electronegativity and bonding

3.2 Ionic bonding

3.3 Metallic bonding

3.4 Covalent bonding and coordinate (dative covalent) bonding

3.5 Shapes of molecules

3.6 Intermolecular forces, electronegativity, and bond properties

3.7 Dot-and-cross diagrams

4. States of matter

4.1 The gaseous state: ideal and real gases and pV = nRT

4.2 Bonding and structure

5. Chemical energetics

5.1 Enthalpy change, ΔH

5.2 Hess’s Law

6. Electrochemistry

6.1 Redox processes: electron transfer and changes in oxidation number (oxidation state)

7. Equilibria

7.1 Chemical equilibria: reversible reactions, dynamic equilibrium

7.2 Brønsted–Lowry theory of acids and bases

8. Reaction kinetics

8.1 Rate of reaction

8.2 Effect of temperature on reaction rates and the concept of activation energy

8.3 Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts

AS Level Inorganic Chemistry Syllabus

9. The Periodic Table: chemical periodicity

9.1 Periodicity of physical properties of the elements in Period 3

9.2 Periodicity of chemical properties of the elements in Period 3

9.3 Chemical periodicity of other elements

10. Group 2

10.1 Similarities and trends in the properties of the Group 2 metals, magnesium to barium, and their compounds

11. Group 17

11.1 Physical properties of the Group 17 elements

11.2 The chemical properties of the halogen elements and the hydrogen halides

11.3 Some reactions of the halide ions

11.4 The reactions of chlorine

12. Nitrogen and sulfur

12.1 Nitrogen and sulfur

AS Level Organic Chemistry Syllabus

13. An introduction to AS Level organic chemistry

13.1 Formulae, functional groups, and the naming of organic compounds

13.2 Characteristic organic reactions

13.3 Shapes of organic molecules; σ and π bonds

13.4 Isomerism: structural and stereoisomerism

14. Hydrocarbons

14.1 Alkanes

14.2 Alkenes

15. Halogen compounds

15.1 Halogenoalkanes

16. Hydroxy compounds

16.1 Alcohols

17. Carbonyl compounds

17.1 Aldehydes and ketones

18. Carboxylic acids and derivatives

18.1 Carboxylic acids

18.2 Esters

19. Nitrogen compounds

19.1 Primary amines

19.2 Nitriles and hydroxy nitriles

20. Polymerisation

20.1 Addition polymerization

21. Organic synthesis

21.1 Organic synthesis

AS Level Analysis Syllabus

22. Analytical techniques

22.1 Infrared spectroscopy

22.2 Mass spectrometry

A Level Chemistry Subject Content

A Level Physical Chemistry Syllabus

23. Chemical energetics

23.1 Lattice energy and Born-Haber cycles

23.2 Enthalpies of solution and hydration

23.3 Entropy change, ΔS

23.4 Gibbs free energy change, ΔG

24. Electrochemistry

24.1 Electrolysis

24.2 Standard electrode potentials E; standard cell potentials Ecell and the Nernst equation

25. Equilibria

25.1 Acids and bases

25.2 Partition coefficients

26. Reaction kinetics

26.1 Simple rate equations, orders of reaction and rate constants

26.2 Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts

A Level Inorganic Chemistry Syllabus

27. Group 2

27.1 Similarities and trends in the properties of the Group 2 metals, magnesium to barium, and their compounds

28. Chemistry of transition elements

28.1 General physical and chemical properties of the first row of transition elements, titanium to copper

28.2 General characteristic chemical properties of the first set of transition elements, titanium to copper

28.3 Colour of complexes

28.4 Stereoisomerism in transition element complexes

28.5 Stability constants, Kstab

A Level Organic Chemistry Syllabus

29. An introduction to A Level organic chemistry

29.1 Formulae, functional groups, and the naming of organic compounds

29.2 Characteristic organic reactions

29.3 Shapes of aromatic organic molecules; σ and π bonds

29.4 Isomerism: optical

30. Hydrocarbons

30.1 Arenes

31. Halogen compounds

31.1 Halogen compounds

32. Hydroxy compounds

32.1 Alcohols

32.2 Phenol

33. Carboxylic acids and derivatives

33.1 Carboxylic acids

33.2 Esters

33.3 Acyl chlorides

34. Nitrogen compounds

34.1 Primary and secondary amines

34.2 Phenylamine and azo compounds

34.3 Amides

34.4 Amino acids

35. Polymerisation

35.1 Condensation polymerization

35.2 Predicting the type of polymerization.

35.3 Degradable polymers

36. Organic synthesis

36.1 Organic synthesis

A Level Analysis Syllabus

37. Analytical techniques

37.1 Thin-layer chromatography

37.2 Gas / liquid chromatography

37.3 Carbon-13 NMR spectroscopy

37.4 Proton (1H) NMR spectroscopy

Assessment Details

Paper 1- Multiple Choice

  • Written paper, 1 hour 15 minutes, 40 marks
  • Forty multiple-choice questions of the four-choice type testing assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.
  • Questions are based on the AS Level syllabus content.

Paper 2- AS Level Structured Questions

  • Written paper, 1 hour 15 minutes, 60 marks
  • Structured questions testing assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.
  • Questions are based on the AS Level syllabus content.

Paper 3- Advanced Practical Skills

  • Practical test, 2 hours, 40 marks
  • This paper tests assessment objective AO3 in a practical context.
  • Questions are based on the experimental skills in the Practical assessment section of the syllabus for Paper 3.

Paper 4- A Level Structured Questions

  • Written paper, 2 hours, 100 marks
  • Structured questions testing assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.
  • Questions are based on the A Level syllabus content; knowledge of material from the AS Level syllabus content will be required.

Paper 5- Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation

  • Written paper, 1 hour 15 minutes, 30 marks
  • Structured questions testing assessment objective AO3.
  • Questions are based on the experimental skills of planning, analysis, and evaluation in the Practical assessment section of the syllabus for Paper 5. The context of the questions may be outside the syllabus content.

Reference and Source

https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/Images/554616-2022-2024-syllabus.pdf

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