The topics covered in this course are examined on papers 2 and 3 of both OCR and AQA A Level chemistry. The content focuses on topics that we know feature heavily on examinations, or are often poorly understood. All relevant practical activities are also explored for each of the topics covered.
Structure of the Day
The workshop is delivered across four sessions, with breaks for refreshments and lunch in between. Each session starts with a short presentation highlighting all the key content, followed by small group sessions where students can practise applying their knowledge to exam style situations. This format allows students to refresh their knowledge before testing it, and offers students the opportunity to ask questions i smaller groups as they work through the topics. We also build time into the day for students to ask questions on a one to one basis, this is to ensure that students leave us with a thorough understanding of the topics studied.
A detailed break down of the day and the topics covered in each session is given below. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact us.
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Central Teaching Laboratories
University of Liverpool
9.30am –Registration and welcome
10 am – Session 1: Kinetics and rate equations
11 am – Break (tutors available for individual questions)
11.15 am – Session 2: Organic analysis (NMR, IR and Mass Spec)
12.45 pm – Lunch break
1.15 pm – 2.30 pm – Session 3: Organic chemistry - optical isomerism, amines, amino acids and proteins/DNA
2.30 pm – Break (tutors available for individual questions)
2.45 pm - 4 pm – Session 4: Organic chemistry - organic mechanisms and synthesis
4 pm-5 pm - Tutors available for individual questions
The first session covers kinetics and rate equations, which are topics that are quite often incorporated into organic mechanism questions. Orders of reaction, rate equations and rate determining steps will all be explored, as well as the Arrhenius equation which has been included in the new syllabus for the first time.
Organic analysis is a very popular topic for exam questions, and those involving NMR analysis are often challenging for even the most able of students. This session aims to give students the opportunity to practise approaching higher level questions methodically, gaining maximum marks as they do so. ChemEducation's NMR expert Cate has designed a session that allows students to develop the confidence to approach even the most complex examination questions.
This session explores the fundamental principles of organic chemistry including structural and stereo isomerism, and racemic mixtures. The reactions and basicity of aliphatic and aromatic amines is reviewed and explained in terms of the positive inductive effect. The properties of amino acids are also studied, including zwitterions, as well as the newly introduced chemistry of proteins, DNA and the action of anti cancer drugs.
Session 4 builds on the principles from session 2, incorporating this into organic reactions and their mechanisms. The aim of the session is to ensure students can not only recall the mechanisms of organic reactions, but that their heightened understanding of the principles behind them allow the application of these principles to the novel contexts that are often seen in exam questions. Students will practise applying the curly arrow principle to novel contexts and using their deduced mechanisms to predict the major products of reactions.