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9.5 Option - Industrial Chemistry

Contextual Outline

Industry uses chemical reactions to produce chemicals for use by society. This module develops the ideas that some chemicals have been produced to replace naturally occurring chemicals that are no longer available or are not economically viable. The concepts of qualitative and quantitative equilibrium are further developed, as these are important processes in industry.

Industrial chemical processes cover the full range of reactions but concentration on some case studies is sufficient to illustrate the range of reactions and the role of chemists and chemical engineers involved in these processes. This allows some insight into the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the chemical industry and allows a consideration of the analytical processes and monitoring that is necessary for efficient production.

2. Many industrial processes consist of equilibrium reactions

Students learn to:
explain the effect of changing the following factors on identified equilibrium reactions
  • pressure
  • volume
  • concentration
  • temperature
interpret the equilibrium constant expression (no units required) from the chemical equation of equilibrium reactions
identify that temperature is the only factor that changes the value of the equilibrium constant (K)

identify data, plan and perform a first-hand investigation to model an equilibrium reaction
choose equipment and perform a first-hand investigation to gather information and qualitatively analyse an equilibrium reaction
process and present information from secondary sources to calculate K from a mixture of initial and equilibrium conditions

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