Oxford University Press
Oxford Resources for IB DP Chemistry: Study Guide
Geoffrey Neuss
Oxford Resources for IB DP Chemistry: Study Guide
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Please note this title is suitable for any student studying:
Exam Board: International Baccalaureate (IB)
Level and subject: Diploma Programme (DP) Chemistry
First teaching: 2023
First exams: 2025

The Oxford Resources for IB DP Chemistry: Study Guide is an accessible, student-friendly resource fully aligned to and focused on the knowledge contents of the 2023 DP Chemistry subject guide. It is designed to be used alongside the Course Book to help students focus on crucial concepts and skills to build confidence, reinforce essential theory, and cement understanding of SL and HL ideas in an easy-to-digest bitesize format. Concise explanations, diagrams, and practical notes engage learners and provide a supportive framework for developing subject comprehension and encouraging a good approach to revision. Clear and accessible language throughout supports EAL learners.

1 Models of the particulate nature of matter
Introduction to the particulate nature of matter
Separation of mixtures
Kinetic molecular theory and change of state
Distribution of molecular velocities
Multiple-choice questions
2 Atomic structure
The nuclear atom
Relative atomic mass and mass spectrometry
Emission spectra
Electronic configuration
Ionization energies
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
3 Quantitative chemistry
Counting particles by mass: the mole
Chemical reactions and equations
Ideal gases
Calculations using limiting and excess reagents
Titration and atom economy
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
4 Models of bonding and structure
The ionic model
The covalent model
Shapes of simple molecules and ions
Bond strength and polarity
Covalent network structures of carbon and silicon
Intermolecular forces
Physical properties of covalent compounds
The metallic model
Resonance structures and benzene
Formal charge and molecular orbitals
Bonding in materials
Condensation polymers
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
5 Periodicity
The periodic table: classification of elements
Periodic trends
Chemical properties of elements
Oxidation states and naming ionic compounds
The transition metals
Transition metal complexes
Colour of transition metal complexes
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
6 Classification of organic compounds
IUPAC naming
Homologous series and functional groups
Common classes of organic compounds
Structural formulas
Types and names of structural isomers
3D models of structural formulas
Properties of different homologous series
Spectroscopic identification of organic compounds: mass spectrometry (MS)
Spectroscopic identification of organic compounds: IR spectroscopy
Spectroscopic identification of organic compounds: 1H NMR spectroscopy
Combination of techniques to determine structure
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
7 Energetics
Measuring enthalpy changes
ΔH calculations from calorimetry
Bond enthalpies
Enthalpies of formation and combustion
Hess’s law
Energy cycles
Energy from fuels
Fossil fuels
Atmospheric carbon dioxide and biofuels
Entropy and spontaneity
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
8 Chemical kinetics
The rate of chemical change
Factors affecting the rate of reaction
Rate expression and order of reaction
Rate mechanisms and activation energy
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
9 Equilibrium
The extent of chemical change
Le Chatelier’s principle and factors affecting the position of equilibrium
Equilibrium calculations
Reaction quotient, equilibrium constant and free energy
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
10 Proton transfer reactions: acid–base behaviour
What are the mechanisms of chemical change?
The pH scale
Strong and weak acids and bases and simple pH calculations
Acid rain
pH curves
Calculations involving pH, pOH and pKw
Calculations with weak acids and bases
Salt hydrolysis, indicators and pH curves
Buffer solutions
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
11 Electron transfer reactions: oxidation and reduction behaviour
Redox reactions
Relative ease of oxidation and reduction
Electrochemical cells
Examples of primary and secondary cells
Electrolytic cells
Standard electrode potentials and the electrochemical series
Spontaneity of electrochemical reactions
Oxidation of organic functional groups
Reduction of organic functional groups
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
12 Electron sharing reactions
Free radical reactions
Nucleophiles and substitution reactions
Electrophiles and addition reactions of alkenes
Lewis acids and bases
Nucleophilic substitution
Electrophilic addition reactions
Electrophilic substitution reactions
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
13 Tools for chemists
Experimental techniques
Multiple-choice questions
Practice with modelling
14 Underlying philosophy
Nature of science
International mindedness
Making links between topics
Holistic short-answer questions
15 Inquiry and approaches to learning
Inquiry process
Approaches to learning
Language of chemistry
16 Obtaining a higher grade
Study methods & the final examinations
Internal assessment
The collaborative sciences project
Extended essay
Periodic table
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