Syllabus


At the IChO in Hungary, 2008, the International Jury voted in favour of a new syllabus.  The new format reflects the fact that a good chemist needs to understand and be able to use certain skills and concepts, but also needs to know a certain amount of factual knowledge.  The syllabus is therefore divided into two parts: Concepts and Skills (in Appendix C) and Factual Knowledge (in Appendix D).

Any of the topics from the list of concepts and skills expected to be known by all participants can be used in the competition without necessarily being flagged up in the preparatory problems.  Any topics not included in this list may be included in the exam only if included in the preparatory problems.  The preparatory problems may only contain up to six such new concepts in the theoretical tasks, and two in the practical tasks.  Some examples of concepts that might be included are given at the end of Appendix C but others are possible.

Appendix D gives a list of factual knowledge that it is assumed that candidates will know.

Syllabus