Chemistry, Grade 12, University Preparation (SCH4U)




This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

Prerequisite SCH3U

Grade : 12

Credit value : 1

Unit One

Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration

  • Demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating)
  • Identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields

Unit Two

Organic Chemistry

  • Assess the social and environmental impact of organic compounds used in everyday life, and propose a course of action to reduce the use of compounds that are harmful to human health and the environment
  • Investigate organic compounds and organic chemical reactions, and use various methods to represent the compounds
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, properties, and chemical behaviour of compounds within each class of organic compounds

Unit Three

Structure and Properties of Matter

  • Assess the benefits to society and evaluate the environmental impact of products and technologies that apply principles related to the structure and properties of matter
  • Investigate the molecular shapes and physical properties of various types of matter
  • Demonstrate an understanding of atomic structure and chemical bonding, and how they relate to the physical properties of ionic, molecular, covalent network, and metallic substances

Unit Four

Energy Changes And Rates Of Reaction

  • Analyse processes in the home, the workplace, and the environmental sector that use chemical quantities and calculations, and assess the importance of quantitative accuracy in industrial chemical processes
  • Investigate quantitative relationships in chemical reactions, and solve related problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mole concept and its significance to the quantitative analysis of chemical reactions

Unit Five

Chemical Systems And Equilibrium

  • Analyse the origins and effects of water pollution, and a variety of economic, social, and environmental issues related to drinking water
  • Investigate qualitative and quantitative properties of solutions, and solve related problems
  • demonstrate an understanding of qualitative and quantitative properties of solutions

Unit Six


  • Analyse the cumulative effects of human activities and technologies on air quality, and describe some Canadian initiatives to reduce air pollution, including ways to reduce their own carbon footprint
  • Investigate gas laws that explain the behaviour of gases, and solve related problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the laws that explain the behaviour of gases