CATEGORY: VCE 3 & 4 Chemistry, STEMLinc

2021 Chemistry Masterclass Recordings

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

STEMLinc Video Conferencing: VCE Chemistry Masterclass series.  Free access was provided  to our Chemistry tutor expert in 2021.  Links to the recorded sessions can be accessed below.

Meet the Master: Steve Kuruc

Steve Kuruc has been teaching Chemistry for 30 years across both public and private schools in Victoria and China. He is extremely passionate about Chemistry and prides himself on ensuring his lessons are engaging, innovative and effective.

Steve has also written and delivered specialist VCE Chemistry programs since 2001 working for private tuition entities.  He enjoys tailoring courses to suit the needs of his clientele to maximise their understanding and potential in this area of study. He has also written and delivered Exam Preparation courses to support students unpacking VCAA exam questions and examiner reports.Steve is currently in his fifth year of work as a Teaching Associate at Monash and Melbourne Universities delivering Unit 3 & 4 Chemistry courses for  SEAMS (Strengthening Engagement and Achievement in Maths and Science).

Steve brings a wealth of experience, energy and enthusiasm to the art of teaching Chemistry.

Year Level: VCE Units 3 & 4 Chemistry students

Cost: Free

Duration: 1.5 hours

Booking Details: Book using the links below.  ONE ticket is for ONE individual student.  You will be emailed the link to the Masterclass just prior to the event.  We use CISCO Webex Meetings.

School Term Dates Topic Details Time Booking Link
Term 1 Thursday, 18th March Unit 3 Galvanic Cells & Electrochemistry
Redox Recap – terminology, balancing equations & oxidation numbers. Unpacking the electrochemical series, voltage determination and primary cells.

Term 1 Thursday, 25th March Unit 3 Electrolysis
Using the electrochemical series to explain/predict products of electrolysis, identification of species that are preferentially discharged, aqueous vs molten electrolytes, inert vs reactive electrodes

Term 2 Thursday, 29th April Unit 3 Faradays Laws/Electrolytic Cells/Fuel Cells review
Application of stoichiometry and Faraday’s Laws to determine amounts of product, current or time for a particular electrolytic process.  Predicting products of electrolysis. Explanation of VCAA fuel cell exam questions.

Term 2 Thursday,  3rd June Unit 3 Equilibrium Law
Calculations involving equilibrium expressions and equilibrium constants – KcLe Chatelier’s principle: identification of factors that favour yield, concentration-time graphs & applications

Term 2 Thursday, 17th June Unit 4
Organic Compounds/Carbon Chemistry

What makes Carbon unique? We will explore the homologous series of hydrocarbons, naming organic molecules, functional groups/isomerism and their impact on chemical/physical properties of straight chained hydrocarbons.

Term 2 Thursday, 24th June Unit 4
Organic Reaction Pathways How can we convert an alkane into a chloroalkane? Alcohol? Carboxylic Acid? Ester?  Addition vs Substitution Reactions – how do they work, what can they make?  Oxidants and oxidation reactions in organic molecules – is this redox again?  Hydrolysis vs Condensation reactions.

Term 3 Thursday, 29th July Unit 4 Chemical Analysis

This session explores instruments such as ‘Mass Spec’, Infra-Red and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.  We will use the information collected from these devices in consultation with our VCAA data booklet to help us identify molar mass, functional groups, structure and name of an unknown compound. 

Term 3 Thursday, 12th August Unit 4 Proteins and Enzymes

This session will explore the physical and chemical properties of proteins and enzymes with respect to their specific roles in the human body. We will learn about amino acids, zwitterions, primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary protein structures. Explore the induced fit and lock and key models for enzyme action as well learn about the factors that affect protein and catalyst structure/function.

Term 3 Thursday, 2nd September Unit 4 Carbs & Fats

These nutrients are essential to a healthy diet and this session explores the chemical structure, bonding, properties and roles within the human body.  We will distinguish between mono, di and polysaccharides through examples. We will also learn how to identify saturated vs unsaturated fats.  Understand what oxidative rancidity is as well as touch on the ‘glycaemic index’ of foods and their impact on the body.

Term 3 Thursday, 16th September Unit 4 Calorimetry

In this session we learn about the principles of calorimetry; solution and bomb calorimetry, including determination of calibration factor and consideration of the effects of heat loss; and analysis of temperature-time graphs obtained from solution calorimetry.  We will also explore past VCAA exams to further refine and develop competency in responding to exam questions.

Term 4 Thursday, 14th October Unit 4 Exam Pre/Revision

We will practice specific exam questions aligned with the VCAA study design. We will also work on how to improve your concentration, awareness and productivity during these challenging times. Highlight proven learning behaviours that create change as well as explore the importance of managing mental and physical well-being over this critical time period.