Chemistry Teachers’ Mission Statement
Welcome to the Chemistry website of the Department of Curriculum Management, Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education, Malta. Here you will find interesting information, whether you are a student, teacher, parent or a member of the public who is interested in Chemistry. We invite you to have your say by posting your comments.
In Chemistry, we study what substances are made of, their particle structure, their properties and their chemical reactions. Chemistry has a certain magic about it. In fact, the very first chemists, known as alchemists during the middle ages, were sometimes believed to have magical powers. Today, we know a lot more about substances than our medievel forebearers, and with an informed use of chemicals, the quality of our lives has improved drastically.
Think about how our lives would be without medicines, household products, beauty products, home improvement products or water treatment chemicals. The list is endless.
So why study Chemistry? Well, apart from allowing you to pursue an exciting chemistry-related career, Chemistry will give you a deep insight into the world around you. You will gain endless joy from discovering the web of patterns that determines how substances behave in the world around us and how they can be put to good use by mankind. Knowing some Chemistry will make you feel like a wizard – able to use the magic that lies hidden in the substances that we use every day.
Chemistry, translated in the availability of certain substances like petroleum, gold or even a commonplace substance like water, has a direct bearing on world politics which in turn affects our daily lives.
Give some thought to this quote:
“Chemistry itself knows altogether too well that – given the real fear that the scarcity of global resources and energy might threaten the unity of mankind – chemistry is in a position to make a contribution towards securing a true peace on earth.” Kenichi Fukui
We hope that you will find this website interesting and that it will help to spark your love affair with Chemistry. In other words, we hope that there will be good chemistry between you and this Chemistry website!