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Module 4 | Energy

Focus 2: There is a wide variety of carbon compounds

Lesson 1 | Carbon atoms and compounds

  • Identify the position of carbon in the Periodic Table and describe its electron configuration.

  • Identify that carbon can form single, double or triple covalent bonds with other carbon atoms.

  • Explain the relationship between carbon’s combining power and ability to form a variety of bonds and the existence of a large number of carbon compounds.

Lesson 2 | Modelling carbon compounds

  • Identify data, and choose resources from secondary sources such as molecular model kits, digital technologies or computer simulations to model the formation of single, double and triple bonds in simple carbon compounds.

Lesson 3 | Carbon allotropes

  • Describe the structure of the diamond and graphite allotropes and account for their physical properties in terms of bonding.

  • Process and present information from secondary sources on the uses of diamond and graphite and relate their uses to their physical properties.

  • Perform a first-hand investigation, analyse information and use available evidence to model the differences in atomic arrangement of diamond, graphite and fullerenes.

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