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  1. Module 5: Equilibrium and Acid Reactions
    5.1 Static and Dynamic Equilibrium
    5 Topics
  2. 5.2 Factors that Affect Equilibrium
    2 Topics
  3. 5.3 Calculating the Equilibrium Constant
    2 Topics
  4. 5.4 Solution Equilibria
  5. Module 6: Acid/Base Reactions
    6.1 Properties of Acids and Bases
    7 Topics
  6. 6.2 Using Brønsted–Lowry Theory
    2 Topics
  7. 6.3 Quantitative Analysis
    1 Topic
  8. Module 7: Organic Chemistry
    7.1 Nomenclature
    2 Topics
  9. 7.2 Hydrocarbons
    2 Topics
  10. 7.3 Products of Reactions Involving Hydrocarbons
  11. 7.4 Alcohols
    1 Topic
  12. 7.5 Reactions of Organic Acids and Bases
  13. 7.6 Polymers
    2 Topics
  14. Module 8: Applying Chemical Ideas
    8.1 Analysis of Inorganic Substances
    3 Topics
  15. 8.2 Analysis of Organic Substances
  16. 8.3 Chemical Synthesis and Design
  17. Working Scientifically
    Working Scientifically Overview
    1 Topic

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Implications of Obtaining and Using Hydrocarbons

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ObtainingUsing
EnvironmentalMines (often open-cut)
> Destructive to natural environment
> Loss of wildlife + habitat
Transport
> Trucks, tankers, etc. burn hydrocarbons in transport
> Spills are devastating to the environment (flora + fauna)
Burning emits CO2, CO, C
> Contributes to global warming
> CO from partial combustion is toxic
EconomicAustralia benefited greatly by mining (‘mining boom’)
> Moving away from fossil fuels could negatively affect the Australian economy
Usage is cheap (environmental costs not factored in)
> Encourages continued use
> Exacerbates environmental concerns
Socio-CulturalSale of ATSI land for mining
> Destruction of culture
> Loss of access and ownership of native land
Dependence on fuels
> Political wars, sanctions
Use remains socially acceptable
> It is socially acceptable for one person to burn petrol to power their two-tonne car
> This creates a culture preventing change