SCH3U1 - Grade 11 University Chemistry

Welcome to Grade 11 University Prep Chemistry!

Today's world is being transformed by scientific and technological advancements. Therefore students need to receive an education that prepares them for the real world. Not only do students need to know the basic concepts of science, they must be able to make sense of that information and apply it to practical situations. Science education at Abbey Park will prepare students for the 21st century by providing them with numerous opportunities to access technology appropriately and to develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed for daily life and the workplace.


This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.

What do we do?

Relating Science to Society, Technology and the Environment

Grade 11 Chemistry will focus on big ideas that are meaningful and relevant to student's daily lives. Much of the learning will happen within the context of scientific issues. Students will apply theoretical concepts to practical applications that may include field work, computer simulations, investigations, case studies, debates, dissections, etc. Every effort will be made to link what is done in class to the broader community so that students can make their own decisions about issues related to science.

Conducting Scientific Inquiry

Scientific investigation skills are an integral part of any science program so that students can extend their understanding of science. Scientific investigation (inquiry and research) involves creativity, divergent thinking and collaboration. Students will have multiple opportunities to initiate, plan, perform, record, analyse, interpret and communicate scientific knowledge. These areas will be revisited throughout the course so that students can practice and refine their inquiry, research, and laboratory skills.

Understanding Basic Concepts

Students will acquire conceptual knowledge so they can understand the role of science and technology in their daily lives.