VCAA has released a new Chemistry Data Booklet to accompany its new Chemistry Study Design. The changes are subtle but important: a few new elements have been added to the periodic table and the unconfirmed elements have been removed. The whole booklet has been reformatted into tables that make the data easier to look up.
There’s a wealth of information in these data booklets but you have to know what to look for. I recommend asking your students to annotate the new Chemistry data booklet with as much information as they can. Many answers to examination questions require you to refer to this data booklet, and the quicker your students can do that, the more likely they are to finish the exam.
Annotate your 2015 data booklet with your students, and ask:
- Where are the oxidants in the electrochemical series?
- What is the structural formula of an R3-CH carbon environment?
- What are the names of the functional groups in the 1H NMR part structures shown?
- Are the chemical shifts in 1H NMR spectra strictly limited to the ranges supplied in the data booklet?
- Are students aware that proximity to a highly electronegative atom can cause a large increase in a proton’s chemical shift?
- Which fatty acids are polyunsaturated? How can you tell?
- To which atoms do hydrogen bonds form on nitrogenous bases?
Please remember that students still need to use a clean, unannotated data booklet for all SACs and examinations!