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Text Chemical Reactions: student guide

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This is a student guide that takes an in-depth look at chemical reactions with individual chapters on the structure of atoms, chemical changes and formula, radioactivity and nuclear energy, energy changes, and reactions involving acids and bases. Each part or chapter of this resource contains information, images and diagrams, inquiry activities with detailed instructions, discussion questions, and links to interactives and activities in the student digital resource and other external resources. This Science By Doing resource is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource consisting of three parts: this student guide, a student digital and a teacher guide.

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  • This is a highly valuable resource due to its relevance to all three content descriptions in year 9 Chemical sciences. It supports learning about the structure of atoms including the mass and charge of protons, neutrons and electrons; and the chemistry of unstable atoms. The Reactions Happen chapter contains material for a thorough exploration of chemical reactions including the rearrangement of atoms, written equations, the role of energy, and conservation of mass. This resource also covers combustion reactions, reactions in nature including photosynthesis and respiration; and a section called Acids and bases exploring reactions between acids and metals, bases and carbonates.
  • This resource is also valuable in year 9 for the content description in Physical sciences about the transfer of energy in the form of waves. The "Energy from the nucleus" chapter takes an in-depth study of radioactivity and the decay of atoms and how energy release from nuclear fission reactions can produce energy that travels in waves.
  • This is a valuable resource due to its relevance to several content descriptions within the Scientific inquiry and skills strand. The resource contains many hands-on activities and inquiry tasks for students relating to chemistry models and chemical reactions. All vital components of a good scientific investigation are covered including formulating questions to study, making predictions, planning and conducting simple experiments, using scientific equipment safely, collecting and recording data and using data representations such as tables and graphs. Students also have opportunities to analyse and evalutate results, draw conclusions, and present their findings in scientific reports.
  • This resource is valuable for the Science as a human endeavour strand in year 9. In the Nature and development of science substrand, it supports leaning about how models and theories relating to the structure of atoms have developed over time. It is valuable in the Use and influence of science substrand for looking at how science and technology can effect people's lives by generating new careers and solving contemporary issues such as the need for efficient energy sources and new products. Society's concerns about non-renewable energy sources are closely examined in the chapter about radioactivity.
  • This student guide is valuable to year 10 Chemical science curriculum, with relevance to both content descriptions. It supports learning about the structure of atoms in terms of electron shells and how this relates to position in the periodic table. Throughout this resource there are also many opportunities for students to investigate and practice identifying the products of chemical reactions, writing word equations, exploring temperature and energy in chemical reactions, and discovering some of the many useful substances produced by chemistry.
  • This resource has some value for content descriptions in year 8 Chemical sciences about elements and compounds, and chemical changes. Information, diagrams and tasks contained in this resource are valuable for exploring the symbols and formulas used to represent elements and compounds, the structure of elements and compounds, and for locating elements on the periodic table. This resource is also useful for learning about chemical changes and simple reactions, and how the chemical properties of substances affect their use.
  • This resource has value for the literacy, numeracy, and critical and creative thinking general capabilities. Literacy learning is supported through the scientific language used to describe specific concepts and ideas, and the scientific reports that students create. Numeracy skills are developed through inquiry tasks which require students to collect, measure, represent and interpret scientific data including convensions used in chemical sciences. Investigation activities in this resource also provide students with opportunities to develop critical and creative thinking capabilities as they evaluate and explain scientific process and their findings.
Year level

8; 9; 10

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