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Chemistry 12

Chemistry 12 Course Overview

Big Ideas

Reactants must collide to react, and the reaction rate is dependent on the surrounding conditions.

Dynamic equilibrium can be shifted by changes to the surrounding conditions.

Saturated solutions are systems in equilibrium.

Acid or base strength depends on the degree of ion dissociation.

Oxidation and reduction are complementary processes that involve the gain or loss of electrons.



Chemistry 12 enables students to enrich their understanding of chemistry through the study of how reaction rates, and equilibrium effect chemical systems involving solubility and acids & bases. The field of electrochemistry will also be explored. Students will further develop their problem-solving, virtual laboratory skills and their ability to communicate scientific information. This course is intended for students wishing to study science, engineering, technology, medicine or life sciences at the post-secondary level.

Where does this course fit?

  • Pre-requisite: Chemistry 11 required
  • Graduation Status: One of the Grade 11/12 Science options required for graduation

Course Materials

  •  Hebden: Chemistry 12, A Workbook for Students by James A. Hebden   (Can be picked up at the VLN office for a $30 refundable deposit). 
  • All other materials are provided in the course online.

Brief Outline



1) Reaction Kinetics

  • Reactants must collide to react
  • Conditions surrounding a reaction determine its rate

2) Dynamic Equilibrium

  • Some chemical reactions are reversible and proceed to equilibrium.
  • Dynamic equilibrium can be altered by changing the surrounding condition

3) Solubility Equilibrium

  • Saturated solutions are systems in equilibrium.

4) Acids and Bases

  • The strength of an acid or base depends on the degree of dissociation of its ions.
  • Weak acids, weak bases, and buffers are systems in equilibrium

5) Oxidation-Reduction

  • Reduction and oxidation are complementary processes that involve the gain or loss of electrons.
  • Redox reactions have implications for resource development and for the environment.

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course

Start up assignment






Midterm exam


Final exam




You have up to one year to complete your course.

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