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The IB syllabus (first examination 2016)

The new syllabus for first examinations 2016 contains several changes with respect to the previous (2009) version.

The notes

The syllabus

An explanation of the new syllabus format can be read here

Options 2016

One option is studied from the choice of four below:

Option A - Materials Core topics (5 hours)

  • A.1 Materials science introduction
  • A.2 Metals and inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectroscopy
  • A.3 Catalysts
  • A.4 Liquid crystals
  • A.5 Polymers
  • A.6 Nanotechnology
  • A.7 Environmental impact-plastics

Additional higher level topics (10 hours)

  • A.8 Superconducting metals and X-ray crystallography
  • A.9 Condensation polymers
  • A.10 Environmental impact-heavy metals

Option B - Biochemistry Core topics

  • B.1 Introduction to biochemistry
  • B.2 Proteins and enzymes
  • B.3 Lipids
  • B.4 Carbohydrates
  • B.5 Vitamins
  • B.6 Biochemistry and the environment

Additional higher level topics

  • B.7 Proteins and enzymes
  • B.8 Nucleic acids
  • B.9 Biological pigments
  • B.10 Stereochemistry in biomolecules

Option C - Energy Core topics

  • C.1 Energy sources
  • C.2 Fossil fuels
  • C.3 Nuclear fusion and fission
  • C.4 Solar energy
  • C.5 Environmental impact-global warming

Additional higher level topics

  • C.6 Electrochemistry, rechargeable batteries and fuel cells
  • C.7 Nuclear fusion and nuclear fission
  • C.8 Photovoltaic and dye-sensitized solar cells

Option D - Medicinal chemistry Core topics

  • D.1 Pharmaceutical products and drug action
  • D.2 Aspirin and penicillin
  • D.3 Opiates
  • D.4 pH regulation of the stomach
  • D.5 Anti-viral medications
  • D.6 Environmental impact of some medications

Additional higher level topics

  • D.7 Taxol-a chiral auxiliary case study
  • D.8 Nuclear medicine
  • D.9 Drug detection and analysis

Practical work

Practical Internal Assessment 2016

Internally assessed and externally moderated

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