The name's Bond...Ionic Bond: Chemical Bonding and Structure
In Term 1, we will investigate the intermolecular and intramolecular forces that hold matter together. The shape and polarity of molecules also influences how well matter comes together. In turn, we will use our knowledge about these forces to explain why various substances have different properties, such as different melting points, conductivity, and ductility. We'll apply that knowledge to study substances with useful properties and recent applications in our society, such as superconducting materials, nanomaterials, integrated-circuit chips, polymers, fuel cells, and more. Lastly, we’ll examine how the breaking of bonds and rearrangement of atoms to form new substances can release or absorb heat energy. The release of large amounts of heat energy can be dangerous, but can be harnessed for amazing things such as sending rockets into space!
This course runs for the duration of Term 1, and will prepare you for an external assessment opportunity (91164 - 5 credits).