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Achievement objective MW 6-3

Students will:

  • investigate how chemical knowledge is used in a technological application of chemistry.


  • Links the findings of a chemistry investigation to an application in a device, process, or product.
  • Identifies the most important chemical relationship employed in a device, process, or product.
  • Predicts which chemical property makes an application possible and then verifies or disproves the use of that property in the application.

Possible context elaborations

  • How can we prevent corrosion?
  • How is iron extracted from iron sand?
  • Which hydrocarbon makes the best fuel?
  • Why do we use kindling to light a fire but logs once it is well lit?
  • Which substance makes a good antacid?
  • How can I choose the best metal for a piece of jewelry?
  • How does the pH of a substance (for example, shampoo, bathroom cleaner, vinegar) relate to its usefulness?
  • What is the best way to get a cake to rise?
  • What happens at a water treatment plant?
  • What is the use of nanotechnology?

Assessment for qualifications

At the time of publication, achievement standards were in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

The NZQA subject-specific resources pages are very helpful. From there, you can find all the achievement standards and links to assessment resources, both internal and external.

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Aligned level 1 achievement standards were registered for use in 2011 and level 2 for use in 2012; level 3 will be registered for use in 2013.

Learning described by this objective could be assessed using one or more of these achievement standards:

  • Science AS90944 1.5, AS90945 1.6, AS90946 1.7, AS90947 1.8
  • Chemistry AS90930 1.1, AS90931 1.2, AS90932 1.3, AS90933 1.4, AS90934 1.5

Last updated September 15, 2020