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0620 Chemistry November 2005
CONTENTS
CHEMISTRY........................................................................................................................1
 
Paper 0620/01 Multiple Choice......................................................................................................................1
 
Paper 0620/02 Paper 2 (Core).......................................................................................................................3
 
Paper 0620/03 Paper 3 (Extended)...............................................................................................................9
 
Paper 0620/04 Coursework.........................................................................................................................14
 
Paper 0620/05 Practical Test.......................................................................................................................14
 
Paper 0620/06 Alternative to Practical.........................................................................................................15
 
FOREWORD
This booklet contains reports written by Examiners on the work of candidates in certain papers.
Its contentsare primarily for the information of the subject teachers concerned
.
 
0620 Chemistry November 2005
CHEMISTRY
Paper 0620/01Multiple Choice
Question Number Key 
 
Question Number Key 
1
B
21
D
2
D
22
D
3
C
23
B
4
D
24
D
5
C
25
A
6
A
26
D
7
A
27
D
8
C
28
D
9
D
29
B
10
A
30
B
11
B
31
C
12
C
32
C
13
D
33
B
14
B
34
C
15
D
35
B
16
B
36
C
17
C
37
A
18
A
38
B
19
D
39
B
20
B
40
AGeneral comments 
Candidates achieved a mean mark of 26.6, with a standard deviation of 6.7. These statistics are satisfactoryas also was the reliability coefficient. No question was unduly easy. Candidates found some weremarginally harder than expected and a few were much harder. These latter especially are commented onbelow.
Comments on specific questionsQuestion 8
 This had a very high discrimination. The lower-scoring candidates tended to favour response
B
whichsuggests that they were merely counting atoms rather than electrons.
Question 12
 Very slightly hard but again good discrimination. Response
B
was the most popular wrong choice: thisavoided the ‘chemical’ distractors but hints at a lack of certainty about heat changes during changes of state.
Question 14
1
 
0620 Chemistry November 2005An easy question but response
C
was somewhat popular.
Question 15
About a third of the lower-scoring candidates chose
B
(more than those answering correctly) – but both
B
 and
C
involve reduction of a metallic oxide by using carbon.
Question 18
Decidedly and unexpectedly hard. Some 80% of the lower-scoring candidates chose
B
as did about a thirdof the higher-scoring candidates. This might be explained by a lack of care in reading the question, i.e. anunthinking disregard of the word ‘salt’.
Question 19
Also disappointingly hard. The insolubility of zinc hydroxide is in the syllabus – from the use of sodiumhydroxide in testing for aqueous zinc ions. Possibly another example of lack of reading care in that the verypopular response
C
might have been mistakenly taken to show an insoluble solid going to a solution of asalt.
Question 24
The similar popularity of responses
A
,
B
and
C
hints at guessing by the lower-scoring candidates.
Question 26
The relative popularity of response
B
seems to show that it is extremely difficult to persuade a significantnumber of candidates that copper does not react with dilute acid.
Question 31
About two thirds of the lower-scoring candidates seemed to have guessed between responses
A
,
B
and
D
.
Question 32 and Question 35
About half of all candidates chose
D
in
Question 32
. This is rather surprising. The “oxy” hints at oxygenand the “ene” of acetylene implies an unsaturated hydrocarbon. These facts are even more explicit in
Question 35
! In this latter question, however, nearly half of the lower-scoring candidates chose
C
despitethis molecule having oxygen in it.2

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