Chemistry 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.

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The SCH4U Chemistry course prepares Grade 12 students for university studies in chemistry, health sciences, and related fields. This rigorous academic course focuses on further developing students’ knowledge of chemical properties and scientific theories to understand the composition, behavior, structure, and properties of substances.

Course Overview

This course covers a range of topics including organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and structure and properties of matter. This structured approach to advanced chemistry principles aims to cultivate a deeper understanding of chemical processes and their applications in various scientific fields.


Students must have successfully completed Grade 11 Chemistry, University Preparation (SCH3U).

Key Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the structure and properties of matter and the ways in which they interact.
  • Understand the principles of chemical reactions and predict their outcomes.
  • Explore energy changes and rates of chemical reactions.
  • Examine chemical systems in equilibrium and electrochemical processes.
  • Apply the concepts of organic chemistry and analyze the structural foundations of chemical substances.

Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, the student will:


Scientific inveStigAtion SkillS And cAreer explorAtion

A1. 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);
A2. identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields.


orgAnic chemiStry

1. demonstrate an understanding of discrete probability distributions, represent them numerically, graphically, and algebraically, determine expected values, and solve related problems from a variety of applications;
2. demonstrate an understanding of continuous probability distributions, make connections to discrete probability distributions, determine standard deviations, describe key features of the normal distribution, and solve related problems from a variety of applications.


Structure And propertieS of mAtter

c1. 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;
c2. investigate the molecular shapes and physical properties of various types of matter;
c3. 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.


energy chAngeS And rAteS of reAction

d1. analyse technologies and chemical processes that are based on energy changes, and evaluate them in terms of their efficiency and their effects on the environment;
d2. investigate and analyse energy changes and rates of reaction in physical and chemical processes, and solve related problems;
d3. demonstrate an understanding of energy changes and rates of reaction.


chemicAl SyStemS And eQuiliBrium

e1. analyse chemical equilibrium processes, and assess their impact on biological, biochemical, and technological systems;
e2. investigate the qualitative and quantitative nature of chemical systems at equilibrium, and solve related problems;
e3. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of dynamic equilibrium and the variables that cause shifts in the equilibrium of chemical systems.



f1. analyse technologies and processes relating to electrochemistry, and their implications for society, health and safety, and the environment;
f2. investigate oxidation-reduction reactions using a galvanic cell, and analyse electrochemical reactions in qualitative and quantitative terms;
f3. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of oxidation-reduction reactions and the many practical applications of electrochemistry.

Course Details

Course CodeSCH4U
Course TypeAcademic
FormatUniversity Preparation
Course TitleChemistry
GradeGrade 12
Credit Value1.0

Outline of Course Content

1Organic Chemistry24 hours
2Structure And Properties of Matter22 hours
3Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction22 hours
4Chemical Systems and Equilibrium20 hours
5Electrochemistry20 Hours
Final Examination (A proctored exam worth 30% of the student’s final mark)2 hours
Total110 hours