HK Advanced Level Chemistry Syllabus

1. Atoms, Molecules and Stoichiometry @
 
1.1 The atomic structure
1.2 Radioactivity
1.3 Relative isotopic, atomic and molecular masses
1.4 The mole concept  
1.5 The Faraday and the mole  
1.6 Empirical and molecular formulae
1.7 Chemical equations and stoichiometry 

2. The Electronic Structure of Atoms and the Periodic Table 
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2.1 Atomic emission spectra and electronic structure of atoms 
2.2 Electronic structure, ionization enthalpies, electron shells and subshells 
2.3 Atomic orbitals  
2.4 Electronic configurations of atoms 
2.5 The Periodic Table and the atomic properties of the elements 
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3. Energetics
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3.1 Energy changes in chemical reactions 
3.2 Standard enthalpy changes 
3.3 Hess's law 
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4. Bonding and Structure @ 
4.1 The nature of forces holding atoms together
4.2 Ionic bonding  
4.3 Covalent bonding  
4.4 Bonding intermediate between ionic and covalent  
4.5 Metallic bonding  
4.6 Intermolecular forces  
4.7 The relationship between structures and properties of materials 
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5. Chemical Kinetics  
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5.1 Rates of chemical reactions 
5.2 Factors influencing reaction rate 
5.3 Rate equations and order of reactions  
5.4 The effect of temperature change on reaction rate 
5.5 The interpretation of rates of gaseous reactions at molecular level 
5.6 Energy profile 
5.7 Catalysts and their effect on reaction rates 
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6. Chemical Equilibria  
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6.1 Dynamic equilibrium 
6.2 Acid-base equilibria 
6.3 Redox equilibria@ 
7. Phase Equilibrium@ 
7.1 One component systems  
7.2 Two component systems 
7.3 Partition of a solute between two phases@ 

8. Periodic Properties of the Elements in the Periodic Table 
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8.1  Periodic variation in physical properties of the elements H to Ar 
8.2 Periodic relationship among the oxides, chlorides and simple hydrides of the elements Li to Cl 
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9. The s-Block Elements 
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9.1 Characteristic properties of the s-block elements
9.2  Variation in properties of the s-block elements and their compounds 
9.3 Uses of the compounds of the s-block elements@ 
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10. The p-Block Elements 
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10.1 The halogens 
10.2 Nitrogen and its compounds 
10.3 Sulphur and its compounds 
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11. The d-Block Elements 
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11.1 General features of the d-block elements from Sc to Zn 
11.2  Characteristic properties of the d-block elements and their compounds:
 
(a) Variable oxidation states  
(b) Complex formation 
(c) Coloured ions 
(d) Catalytic properties of transition metals and their compounds
 
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12. Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry@ 
12.1 Natural sources of organic compounds 
12.2 The unique nature of carbon 
 
12.3 Functional groups and homologous series 
12.4 Structures and shapes of hydrocarbons 
12.5 Systematic nomenclature 
12.6 Isomerism 
12.7 Structure determination of organic compounds
 
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13. Chemistry of the Organic Compounds
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13.1 Alkanes 
13.2 Alkenes 
13.3 Aromatic hydrocarbons 
13.4 Halogeno-compounds 
13.5 Hydroxy compounds 
13.6 Carbonyl compounds 
13.7 Carboxylic acids and their derivatives 
13.8 Nitrogen compounds
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14. Chemistry and Society 
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14.1 Chemistry and the environment 
 
(a) Air pollution 
(b) Water pollution 
(c) Solid waste  
(d) Pollution control in Hong Kong 
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14.2 Chemistry and food 
 
(a) Principal components of food 
(b) Food preservation 
(c) Food additives