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JAMB Syllabus for Chemistry [2024 Latest Version]

JAMB Syllabus for Chemistry. This is the 2024 Official Version. The Syllabus has been Updated.

Welcome to the page that will show you the accurate, updated and official JAMB Syllabus for Chemistry for Candidates who will be taking the JAMB Exam in 2024.

The aim of the JAMB Syllabus is to:

  • Understand the basic principles and concepts of chemistry;
  • Interpret scientific data relating to chemistry;
  • Deduce the relationships between chemistry and other sciences;
  • Apply the knowledge of chemistry to industry and everyday life.

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Official JAMB Syllabus for Chemistry

1. Separation of mixtures and purification of chemical substances

Under this topic, candidates should focus on;

  1. Pure and impure substances
  2. Boiling and melting
  3. Elements, compounds and mixtures
  4. Chemical and physical
  5. Separation processes: evaporation, simple and fractional distillation, sublimation, filtration, crystallization, paper and column chromatography, simple and fractional crystallization.

At the end of reading the above sub-topics candidates should be able to;

  1. distinguish between pure and impure substances;
  2. use boiling and melting points as criteria for purity of chemical substances;
  3. distinguish between elements, compounds and mixture;
  4. differentiate between chemical and physical changes;
  5. identify the properties of the components of a mixture;
  6. specify the principle involved in each separation method
  7. apply the basic principle of separation processes in everyday life..

2. Chemical Combination

Under this topic, candidates should focus on;

  1. Stoichiometry,
  2. laws of definite and multiple proportions,
  3. law of conservation of  matter,
  4. Gay  Lussac’s law of combining volumes,
  5. Avogadro’s law;
  6. chemical symbols, formulae, equations and their uses,
  7. relative atomic mass based on 12C=12, the mole concept and Avogadro’s number.
  8. The mole concept and Avogadro’s number..

At the end of reading the subtopics above, candidates should be able to;

  1. perform simple calculations involving formulae, equations/chemical composition and the mole concept;
  2. deduce the    chemical    laws     from    given expressions/statements;
  3.  interpret graphical representations related to these laws.;
  4. deduce the stoichiometry of chemical reactions.

3. Kinetic theory of matter and Gas Laws

candidates should focus on;

  1. An outline of the kinetic theory of matter, melting, vapourization and reverse processes; melting and boiling explained in terms of molecular motion and Brownian movement
  2. The laws of Boyle, Charles, Graham and Dalton (law of partial  pressure);  combined gas law, molar volume and atomicity of gases.
  3. The ideal gas equation (PV = nRT).
  4. The relationship between vapour density of gases and the relative molecular mass..

After reading the topic above candidates should be able to;

  1. apply the theory to distinguish between solids, liquids and gases;
  2. deduce reasons for change of state;
  3. draw inferences based on molecular motion
  4. deduce gas laws form given expressions/ statements;
  5. interpret graphical representations related to these laws;
  6. perform simple calculations based on these laws, equations and relationships.;

4. Atomic structure and bonding

Candidate should focus on 5 sub-topic ;

  1. topic one;
    1. The concept of atoms, molecules  and  ions, the works of Dalton, Millikan, Rutherford, Mosely, Thompson and Bohr. Simple hydrogen spectrum, Ionization of gases illustrating the electron as fundamental particle of matter.
    2. Atomic structure,  electron  configuration, atomic number, mass number and isotopes; specific examples should be drawn from elements of  atomic number 1 to 20.
    3. Shapes  of s and p orbitals.
  2. topic two.
    1. The periodic table and periodicity of  elements,
    2. presentation of the periodic table with a view to recognizing families of elements e.g. alkali metals, halogens,  the noble gases and transition metals.
    3. The variation of the following properties  should be noticed: ionization energy, ionic radii, electron affinity and electronegativity.
  3. topic three
    1. Chemical Bonding: Electrovalency and covalency, the electron configuration of elements and their tendency to attain the noble gas structure.
    2. Hydrogen bonding and metallic bonding  as  special types of electrovalency and covalency respectively; 
    3. coordinate   bond   as   a   type of covalent bond as illustrated by complexes like [Fe(CN)6]3-, [Fe(CN)6]4-, [Cu(NH3)4]2+ and [Ag(NH3)2]+; van der Waals’ forces should be mentioned as a special type of bonding forces.
  4. topic 4
    1. Shapes of simple molecules: linear ((H2, 02, C12,HCI and CO2), non-linear (H2O) and tetrahedral; (CH4)
  5. topic 5: Nuclear Chemistry
    1.  Radioactivity (elementary treatment only)
    2. Nuclear reactions. Simple equations, uses and applications of natural and artificial radioactivity.

At the end of reading the topic, candidates should be able to;

  1. distinguish between atom, molecules and ions.
  2. assess the contributions of these scientists to the development of the atomic structure.
  3. deduce the number of protons, neutrons and electrons from atomic and mass numbers of an atom.
  4. apply the rules guiding the arrangement of electrons in an atom.
  5. identity common elements exhibiting isotopy;
  6. relate isotopy to mass number.
  7. perform simple calculations on relative atomic mass.
  8. determine the number of electrons in s and p atomic orbitals.
  9. relate atomic number to the position of an element on the periodic table.
  10. relate properties of groups of elements on the periodic table.
  11. identify reasons for variation in properties across the period.
  12. differentiate between the different types of bonding.
  13. deduce bond types based on electron configurations.
  14. relate the nature of bonding to properties of compounds.
  15. apply it in everyday chemistry.
  16. differentiate between the various shapes of molecules.
  17. distinguish between ordinary chemical reaction and nuclear reaction.
  18. differentiate between natural and artificial radioactivity.
  19. compare the properties of the different types of nuclear radiations.
  20. compute simple calculations on the half-life of a radioactive material.
  21. balance simple nuclear equation.
  22. identify the various applications of radioactivity.

5. Air

Candidates should focus on;

  1. the natural gaseous constituents – nitrogen, oxygen, water vapour, carbon (IV) oxide and the noble gases (argon and neon),
  2. air as a mixture and some uses of the noble gas.

At the end of reading the topic, candidates should be able to;

  1. deduce reason(s) for the existence of air as a mixture;
  2. identify the principle involved in the separation of air components;
  3. deduce reasons for the variation in the composition of air in the environment;
  4. specify the uses of some of the constituents of air

6. Water

Under this topic, candidates should focus their attention on;

  1. Composition by volume:
  2. Water as a solvent, atmospheric gases dissolved in water and their biological significance.
  3. Water as a product of the combustion of hydrogen.
  4. Hard and soft water:
  5. Temporary and permanent hardness and methods of softening hard water.
  6. Purification of town water supplies.
  7. Water of crystallization, efflorescence, deliquescence and hygroscopy.
  8. Examples of the substances exhibiting these properties and their uses

At the end of reading the topic candidate should be able to;

  1. identify the various uses of water.
  2. identity the effects of dissolved atmospheric gases in water.
  3. distinguish between the properties of hard and soft water.
  4. determine the causes of hardness.
  5. identify methods of removal of hardness.
  6. describe the processes involved in the treatment of water for town supply.
  7. distinguish between these phenomena.
  8. identify the various compounds that exhibit these phenomena.

7. Solubility

Under this topic, Candidates should focus on;

  • Unsaturated, saturated and supersaturated solutions. Solubility curves and simple deductions from them, (solubility defined in terms of mole per dm3) and simple calculations
  • Solvents for fats, oil and paints and the use of such solvents
  • False Solution (Suspensions and colloids): Harmattan haze and paints as examples of suspensions and fog, milk, aerosol spray and rubber solution as examples of colloids

At the end of reading this topic, each candidates should be able to;

  1. distinguish between the different types of solutions;
  2. interpret solubility curves;
  3. calculate the amount of solute that can dissolve in a given amount of solvent at a given temperature;
  4. deduce that solubility is temperature-dependent
  5. classify solvents based on their uses
  6. differentiate between a true solution, suspension and colloids;
  7. compare the properties of a true solution and a ‘false’ solution.
  8.  provide typical examples of suspensions and colloids..

8. Environmental Pollution

After reading the topic: “Environmental Pollution”, candidate should be able to;

  1. identify the different types of pollution and pollutants.
  2. specify different sources of pollutants.
  3. classify pollutants as biodegradable and non-biodegradable.
  4. specify the effects of pollution on the environment.
  5. identify measures for control of environmental pollution.

Under the topic: Environmental Pollution, candidates should focus on;

  1. Sources and effects of pollutants.
  2. Air pollution: Examples of air pollutants such as H2S, CO, SO2, oxides of nitrogen, fluorocarbons and dust.
  3. Water pollution: Sewage and oil pollution should be known
  4. Soil pollution: Oil spillage, Biodegradable and non-biodegradable pollutants

9. Acids, bases and salts

Under this topic, Candidates should focus;

  1. General characteristics and properties of acids, bases and salts. Acids/base indicators, basicity of acids, normal, acidic, basic and double salts. An acid defined as a substance whose aqueous solution furnishes H3O+ions or as a proton donor. Ethanoic, citric and tartaric acids as examples of naturally occurring organic acids, alums as examples of double salts, preparation of salts by neutralization, precipitation and action of acids on   Oxides  and trioxocarbonate (IV) salts
  2. Qualitative comparison of the conductances of molar solutions of strong and weak acids and bases, relationship between conductance, amount of ions present and their relative mobilities
  3. pH and pOH scale
    1. pH defined as – log[H3O+]
  4. Acid/base titrations
  5. Hydrolysis of salts: Simple examples such as NH4C1, AICI3, Na2CO3, CH3COONa to be mentioned

After reading the topic, candidate should be able to;

  1. Distinguish between the properties of acids and bases.
  2. Identify the different types of acids and bases.
  3. Determine the basicity of acids.
  4. Differentiate between acidity and alkalinity using acid/base indicators.
  5. Identify the various methods of preparation of salts.
  6. Classify different types of salts.
  7. Relate degree of dissociation to strength of acids and bases.
  8. Relate degree of dissociation to conductance.
  9. Perform simple calculations on pH and pOH.
  10. Identify the appropriate acid-base indicator.
  11. Interpret graphical representation of titration curves.
  12. Perform simple calculations based on the mole concept.
  13. Balance equations for the hydrolysis of salts.
  14. Deduce the properties (acidic, basic, neutral) of the resultant solution.

10. Oxidation and Reduction

Under this topic, candidates should focus on;

  1. Oxidation in terms of the addition of oxygen or removal of hydrogen.
  2. Reduction as removal of oxygen or addition of
  3. Oxidation and reduction in terms of electron
  4. Use of oxidation numbers. Oxidation and reduction treated as change in number and use of oxidation numbers in balancing simple equations.
  5. IUPAC nomenclature of inorganic compounds.
  6. Tests for oxidizing and reducing agents.

After reading the topic: “Oxidation and Reduction”, candidates should be able to

  1. identify the various forms of expressing oxidation and reduction;
  2. classify chemical reactions in terms of oxidation or reduction;
  3. balance redox reaction equations;
  4. deduce the oxidation number of chemical species;
  5. compute the number of electron transfer in redox reactions
  6. identify the name of redox species using IUPAC nomenclature.
  7. distinguish between oxidizing and reducing agents in redox reactions 
  8. apply oxidation number in naming inorganic compounds.
  9. relate reagents to their oxidizing and reducing abilities..

11. Electrolysis

candidates should focus on;

  1. Electrolytes and non-electrolytes. Faraday’s laws of electrolysis
  2. Electrolysis of dilute H2SO4, aqueous CuSO4, CuC12 solution,  dilute and concentrated NaC1 solutions and fused NaC1
  3. Factors affecting discharge of ions at the electrodes
  4. Uses of electrolysis: Purification of metals e.g. copper and production of elements and compounds e.g. A1, Na, O2, Cl2 and NaOH.
  5. Electrochemical cells: Redox series (K, Na, Ca,  Mg, AI, Zn, Fe, PbII, H, Cu, Hg, Au,)
  6. half-cell reactions and electrode potentials. Simple calculations only
  7. Corrosion as an electrolytic process, cathodic protection of metals, painting, electroplating and coating with grease or oil as ways of preventing iron from corrosion

After reading the topic Electrolysis, candidates should be able to;

  1. identify between electrolytes and non- electrolytes;
  2. perform calculations based on faraday as a mole of
  3. identify suitable electrodes for different electrolytes.
  4. specify the chemical reactions at the electrodes;
  5. determine the products at the electrodes;
  6. identify the factors that affect the product of electrolysis;
  7. specify the different areas of application of electrolysis;
  8. identify the various electrochemical cells;
  9. calculate electrode potentials using half- cell reaction equation
  10. determine the different areas of applications of electrolytic processes;
  11.  identify methods used in protecting metals.

12. Energy changes

Under this topic candidates should focus on;

  1. Energy changes(∆H) accompanying physical and chemical changes: dissolution of substances in or reaction with water e.g. Na, NaOH, K, NH4, Cl. Endothermic (+∆H) and exothermic (-∆H) reactions
  2. Entropy as an order-disorder phenomenon: simple illustrations like mixing of gases and dissolution of salts.
  3. Spontaneity of reactions: ∆G0 = 0 as a criterion for equilibrium, ∆G greater or less than zero as a criterion for non-spontaneity or spontaneity

After reading the topic: “Energy Changes” candidates should be able to;

  1. determine the types of heat changes (∆H) in physical and chemical processes;
  2. interpret graphical representations of heat changes;
  3. relate the physical state of a substance to the degree of orderliness;
  4. determine the conditions for spontaneity of a reaction ;
  5. relate (∆H), ∆S0 and ∆G0 as the driving forces for chemical reactions;
  6. solve simple problems based on the relationships ∆G0= ∆H0 -T∆S0)

13. Rates of Chemical Reaction

Under this topic, candidates should  focus on;

  1. Elementary treatment of the following factors which can change the rate of a chemical reaction:
  2. Temperature e.g. the reaction between HCI and Na2S2O3 or Mg and HCI
  3. Concentration e.g. the reaction between HCl and Na2S2O3, HCl and marble and the iodine clock reaction, for gaseous systems, pressure may be used as concentration term
  4. Surface area e.g. the reaction between marble and HCI with marble in;
    1. powdered form
    2. lumps of the same
  5. Catalyst e.g. the decomposition of H2O2 or KCIO3 in the presence or absence of MnO2
  6. Reaction rate curves
  7. Activation energy. Qualitative treatment of Arrhenius’ law and the collision theory, effect of
    light on some reactions. e.g. halogenation of alkanes

After reading the topic “Rates of Chemical Reaction”  candidates should be able to;

  1. identify the factors that affect the rates of a chemical reaction;
  2. determine the effects of these factors on the rate of reactions;
  3. recommend ways of moderating these effects;
  4. examine the effect of concentration on the rate of a chemical reaction;
  5. describe how the rate of a chemical reaction is affected by surface area; 
  6. determine the types of catalysts suitable for different reactions.
  7. interpret reaction rate curves;
  8. solve simple problems on the rate of reactions;
  9. relate the rate of reaction to the kinetic theory of matter.
  10. examine the significance of activation energy to chemical
  11.  deduce the value of activation energy (Ea) from reaction rate curves..

14. Chemical equilibrium

Under this topic, candidates should focus on;

(a) Reversible reactions and factors governing the equilibrium position.
(b) Dynamic equilibrium.
(c) Le Chatelier’s principle and equilibrium constant.
(d) Simple examples to include action of steam on iron and N2O4 = 2NO2. No calculation will be required.

After reading the topic, candidates should be able to;

i. identify the factors that affect the position of equilibrium of a chemical reaction.
ii. predict the effects of each factor on the position of equilibrium.
iii. determine the effects of these factors on equilibrium constant.

15. Non-metals and their compounds

Candidates should focus on;

(a) Hydrogen: commercial production from water gas and cracking of petroleum fractions, laboratory preparation, properties, uses and test for hydrogen
(b) Halogens: Chlorine as a representative element of the halogen; laboratory preparation, industrial preparation by electrolysis; properties and uses, e.g. water sterilization, bleaching, manufacture of HCl, plastics and insecticides. Hydrogen chloride and Hydrochloric acid: preparation and properties; chlorides and test for chlorides.

(c) Oxygen and Sulphur

1. Oxygen: Laboratory preparation, properties and uses; commercial production from liquid air.
2. Oxides: Acidic,basic, amphoteric and neutral, trioxygen (ozone) as an allotrope and the importance of ozone in the atmosphere.
3. Sulphur: Uses and allotropes; preparation of allotropes is not expected. Preparation, properties and uses of sulphur (IV) oxide; the reaction of SO2 with alkalis; trioxosulphate (IV) acid and its salts; the effect of acids on salts of trioxosulphate (IV), tetraoxosulphate (VI) acid; commercial preparation (contact process only), properties as a dilute acid, an oxidizing and a dehydrating agent and uses; test for SO42-.
4. Hydrogen sulphide: Preparation and Properties as a weak acid, reducing agent and precipitating agent; test for SO42-.

(d) Nitrogen:

1. Laboratory preparation.
2. Production from liquid air.
3. Ammonia: Laboratory and industrial preparations (Haber Process only), properties and uses, ammonium salts and their uses, oxidation of ammonia to nitrogen (IV) oxide and trioxonitrate (V) acid; test NH4+.
4. Trioxonitrate (V) acid: Laboratory preparation from ammonia; properties and uses; trioxonitrate (V) salt-action of heat and uses; test for NO3-.
5. Oxides of nitrogen: Properties; the nitrogen cycle.

(e) Carbon:

1. Allotropes: uses and properties.
2. Carbon (IV) oxide- Laboratory preparation, properties and uses; action of heat on trioxocarbonate (IV) salts and test for CO32-.
3. Carbon (II) oxide: laboratory preparation, properties including its effect on blood; sources of carbon (II) oxide to include charcoal, fire and exhaust fumes.
4. Coal: different types; products obtained from destructive distillation of wood and coal.
5. Coke: gasification and uses; manufacture of synthetic gas and uses.

After reading this topic, candidates should be able to;

i. predict reagents for the laboratory and industrial preparation of these gases and their compounds.
ii. identify the properties of the gases and their compounds.
iii. compare the properties of these gases and their compounds.
iv. specify the uses of each gas and its compounds.
v. determine the specific test for each gas and its compounds.
vi. determine specific tests for Cl, SO42-, SO32-, S2-, NH44+, NO3-, CO32-, HCO3-.
vii. predict the reagents for preparation, properties and uses HCl(g) and HCl(aq);
viii. identify the allotropes of oxygen.
ix. determine the significance of ozone to our environment.
x. classify the oxides of oxygen and their properties.
xi. identify the allotropes of sulphur and their uses.
xii. specify the commercial preparation of the acid, its properties and uses.
xi. predicts reagents for the laboratory Preparation for the gas.
xii. predict the reagents for preparation, properties and uses of SO2 and H2S;
xiii. specify the preparations of H2SO4 and H2SO3, their properties and uses.
xiv. specify the laboratory and industrial preparation ofNH3.
xv. identify the properties and uses of NH3.
xvi. identify reagents for the laboratory preparation of HNO3, its properties and uses.
xvii. specify the properties of N2O, NO, NO2 gases.
xviii. examine the relevance of nitrogen cycle to the environment.
xix. identify allotropes of carbon.
xx. predict reagents for the laboratory preparation of CO2.
xxi. specify the properties of CO2 and its uses.
xxii. determine the reagens for the laboratory preparation of CO.
xxiii. predict the effects of CO on human.
xxiv. identify the different forms of coal.
xxv. determine their uses.
xxvi. specify the products of the destructive distillation of wood and coal.
xxvii. specify the uses of coke and synthetic gas.

16. Metals and Their Compounds

Under this topic candidates should focus on;

  1. General properties of metals.
  2. Alkali metals e.g. sodium
    1. Sodium hydroxide:- Production by electrolysis of brine, its action on aluminium, zinc and lead ions. Uses including precipitation of metallic hydroxides.
    2. Sodium trioxocarbonate (IV) and sodium hydrogen trioxocarbonate (IV): Production by Solvay process, properties and uses, e.g. Na2CO3 in the manufacture of glass.
    3. Sodium chloride: its occurrence in sea water and uses, the economic importance of sea water and the recovery of sodium chloride.
  3. Alkaline-earth metals, e.g. calcium; calcium oxide, calcium hydroxide and calcium trioxocarbonate (IV); Properties and uses. Preparation of calcium oxide from sea shells, the chemical composition of cement and the setting of mortar. Test for Ca2+.
  4. Aluminium: Purification of bauxite, electrolytic extraction, properties and uses of aluminium and its compounds. Test for A13+
  5. Tin
    1. Extraction form its ores.
    2. Properties and uses
  6. Metals of the first transition series. Characteristic properties:
    1. electron configuration
    2. oxidation states
    3. complex ion formation
    4. formation of coloured ions
  7. Iron
    1. Extraction form sulphide and oxide ores, properties and uses,
    2. different forms of iron and their properties and advantages of steel over iron.
    3. Test for Fe2+ and Fe3+
  8. Copper: Extraction from sulphide and oxide ores, properties and uses of copper salts, preparation and uses of c o p p er ( I I ) tetraoxosulphate (VI). Test for Cu2+
  9. Alloy: Steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, type- metal, duralumin and soft solder (constituents and uses only).

After reading the topic  Metals and their compounds candidates should be able to; 

Candidates should be able to:

i. specify the general properties of metals.

ii. determine the method of extraction suitable for each metal.

iii. relate the methods of extraction to the properties for the metals.

iv. compare the chemical reactivities of the metals.

v. specify the uses of the metals.

vi. determine specific test for metallic ions.

vii. determine the process for the production of the compounds of these metals.

viii. compare the chemical reactivities of the compounds.

ix. specify the uses of these compounds.

x. specify the chemical composition of cement.

Xi. describe the method of purification of bauxite.

xii. specify the ores of tin.

xiii. relate the method of extraction to its properties.

xiv. specify the uses of tin.

xv. identify the general properties of the first transition metals.

xvi. deduce reasons for the specific properties of the transition metals.

xvii. determine the IUPAC names of simple transition metal complexes.

xviii. determine the suitable method of extraction of iron.

xix. specify the properties and uses of iron.

xx. identify the different forms of iron, their compositions, properties and uses.

Xxi. identify the appropriate method of extraction of copper from its compounds.

xxii. relate the properties of copper and its compound to their uses.

Xxiii. specify the method for the preparation of CuSO4.

xxiv. specify the constituents and uses of the variousalloys mentioned.

Xxv. compare the properties and uses of alloys to pure metals.

17. Organic Compounds

Candidates should focus on:

An introduction to the tetravalency of carbon, the general formula, IUPAC nomenclature and the determination of empirical formula of each class of the organic compounds mentioned below:

(a) Aliphatic hydrocarbons.

1. Alkanes:

  • Homologous series in relation to physical properties, substitution reaction and a few examples and uses of halogenated products.
  • Isomerism: structural only (examples on isomerism should not go beyond six carbon atoms).
  • Petroleum: composition, fractional distillation and major products; cracking and reforming, Petrochemicals – starting materials of organic syntheses, quality of petrol and meaning of octane number.

2. Alkenes:

Isomerism: structural and geometric isomerism, additional and polymerization reactions, polythene and synthetic rubber as examples of products of polymerization and its use in vulcanization.

3. Alkynes:

(a) Ethyne – production from action of water on carbides, simple reactions and properties of ethyne.
(b) Aromatic hydrocarbons e.g. benzene – structure, properties and uses.
(c) Alkanols: Primary, secondary, tertiary – production of ethanol by fermentation and from petroleumby-products. Local examples of fermentation and distillation, e.g. gin from palm wine and other local sources and glycerol as a polyhydric alkanol. Reactions of OH group – oxidation as a distinguishing test among primary, secondary and tertiary alkanols (Lucas test).
(d) Alkanals and alkanones: Chemical test to distinguish between alkanals and alkanones.
(e) Alkanoic acids: Chemical reactions; neutralization and esterification, ethanedioic (oxalic) acid as an example of a dicarboxylic acid and benzene carboxylic acid as an example of an aromatic acid.
(f) Alkanoates: Formation from alkanoic acids and alkanols – fats and oils as alkanoates. Saponification: Production of soap and margarine from alkanoates and distinction between detergents and soaps.
(g) Amines (Alkanamines) Primary,Secondar and tertiary.
(h) Carbohydrates: Classification – mono-, di- and polysaccharides; composition, chemical tests for simple sugars and reaction with concentrated tetraoxosulphate (VI) acid. Hydrolysis ofcomplex sugars e.g. cellulose from cotton and starch from cassava, the uses of sugar and starch in the production of alcoholic beverages, pharmaceuticals and textiles.
(i) Proteins: Primary structures, hydrolysis and tests (Ninhydrin, Biuret, Millon’s and xanthoproteic) Enzymes and their functions.
(j) Polymers: Natural and synthetic rubber; addition and condensation polymerization.
Methods of preparation, examples and use Thermoplastic and thermosetting plastics.

This is the final topic and at the end of this topic candidates should be able to;

  • derive the name of organic compounds form their general formulae;
  • relate the name of a compound to its structure;
  • relate the tetravalency of carbon to its ability to form chains of compound (catenation);
  • classify compounds according to their functional groups;
  • derive empirical formula and molecular formula, from given data;
  • relate structure/functional groups to specific properties;
  • derive various isomeric form from a given formulae;
  • distinguish between the different types of isomerism;
  • classify the various types of hydrocarbon;
  • distinguish each class of hydrocarbon by their properties;
  • specify the uses of various hydrocarbons;
  • identify crude oil as a complex mixture of hydrocarbon;
  • relate the fractions of hydrocarbon to their properties and uses;
  • relate transformation processes to quality improvement of the fractions
  • distinguish between various polymerization processes;
  • distinguish between aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons;
  • relate the properties  of benzene to its structure
  • compare the various classes of alkanols;
  • determine the processes involved in ethanol production;
  • examine the importance of ethanol as an alternative energy provider;
  • differentiate between alkanals and alkanones
  • compare the various classes of alkanoic acid;
  • identify natural sources of alkanoates;
  • specify the uses of alkanoates;
  • distinguish between detergent and soap;
  • compare the various classes of alkanamine;
  • identify the natural sources of carbohydrates and giant molecules;
  • compare the various classes of carbohydrates;
  • infer the product of hydrolysis of carbohydrates;
  • determine the uses of carbohydrates;
  • relate giant molecules to their uses.


Candidates should focus on: Chemical industries: Types, raw materials and relevancies; Biotechnology.

After reading the said topic, candidates should be able to:

i. classify chemical industry in terms products.
ii. identify raw materials for each industry.
iii. distinguish between fine and heavy chemicals.
iv. enumerate the relevance of each of the industries.
v. relate industrial processes to biotechnology.

This is the end of the JAMB Syllabus for chemistry.

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Please Check the Recommended JAMB Textbooks for Chemistry below:

Recommended JAMB Textbooks for Chemistry

  1. New School Chemistry for Senior Secondary Schools by Ababio, O.Y
  2. Senior Secondary Chemistry, Book 1 by Bajah, S.T., Teibo, B.O., Onwu, G and Obikwere, A
  3. Understanding Chemistry for Schools and Colleges by Ojokuku, G. O (2012, Revised Edition).
  4. Essential: Chemistry for Senior Secondary Schools by I. A. Odesina (2008, 2nd Edition).
  5. Countdown to WASSCE/SSCE, NECO, JME Chemistry by Uche, I. O.; Adenuga, I. J. and Iwuagwu, S. L. (2003).

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