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HSC Chemistry Education Program

Orica’s HSC Chemistry Education Program provides a practical demonstration of the key syllabus outcomes for Stage 6 chemistry students through a guided site tour of Orica's Kooragang Island facility and a presentation from an ammonia engineer. Students also have the opportunity to talk to recent graduates.  

The program provides students with a first-hand look at an operating industrial plant and strengthens student awareness of the relevance of their studies to their lives beyond school. 

The relevant learning outcomes Orica’s HSC Chemistry Education Program provides are highlighted below. The program is offered free of charge. 

Information for teachers

If you think the Orica HSC Chemistry Education Program would complement your teaching, please book early to avoid disappointment. All personal protective equipment is provided along with fact sheets and an Orica workbook, which students can complete during or after their excursion.

Bookings can be made by contacting Orica on 02 4908 9300 or at kooragang@orica.com. Please note students are required to be 16 years of age and group sizes are limited to 25.

Stage 6 Syllabus Chemistry

9.4 Chemical Monitoring and Management

  Students learn to: Students:

1.  Much of the work of chemists involves monitoring the reactants and products of reactions and managing reaction conditions

  • outline the role of a chemist employed in a named industry or enterprise, identifying the branch of chemistry undertaken by the chemist and explaining a chemical principle that the chemist uses
  • identify the need for collaboration between chemists as they collect and analyse data
  • describe an example of a chemical reaction such as combustion, where reactants form different products under different conditions and thus would need monitoring
  • gather, process and present information from secondary sources about the work of practising scientists identifying:
    • the variety of chemical occupations
    • a specific chemical occupation for a more detailed study 

2.  Chemical processes in industry require monitoring and management to maximise production

  • identify and describe the industrial uses of ammonia
  • identify that ammonia can be synthesised from its component gases, nitrogen and hydrogen
  • describe that synthesis of ammonia occurs as a reversible reaction that will reach equilibrium
  • identify the reaction of hydrogen with nitrogen as exothermic
  • explain why the rate of reaction is increased by higher temperatures
  • explain why the yield of product in the Haber process is reduced at higher temperatures using Le Chatelier’s principle
  • explain why the Haber process is based on a delicate balancing act involving reaction energy, reaction rate and equilibrium
  • explain that the use of a catalyst will lower the reaction temperature required and identify the catalyst(s) used in the Haber process
  • analyse the impact of increased pressure on the system involved in the Haber process
  • explain why monitoring of the reaction vessel used in the Haber process is crucial and discuss the monitoring required
  • gather and process information from secondary sources to describe the conditions under which Haber developed the industrial synthesis of ammonia and evaluate its significance at that time in world history

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