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New AQA Science GCSE Chemistry Revision Guide - John Scottow

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: John Scottow / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 120 Pages / Book is published 2011-06-15 by Nelson Thornes

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      03.03.2012 02:47
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      A good textbook for those studying Chemistry at AQA AS

      When studying Chemistry at A-Level as this requires a lot of notetaking and well, just understanding the subject in general, I needed a textbook I was sure that could explain everything clearly and give enough detail to make revision notes that would actually work. Thankfully, the college provided us with a textbook called AQA Chemistry for AS, that has proved to be quite helpful. Currently, it is around £15 as most textbooks are, but it is worth the price that you pay for it, as it is made by the examination board who include everything you'll need to know.

      The layout of the book is okay, not perfect but not terrible. All of the explanations come in huge blocks of text that can get quite distracting if your trying to study as they can be a bit difficult on the eyes to read all at once. I think it would have been much better if they'd bullet pointed more important facts or put the things that are most important on the page in smaller textboxes away from the larger bulks of text.

      The language that the textbook uses is done well, as they try to be as simple as they can and only use complexity when it is absolutely needed. This meant that when looking for explanations for certain things, it was much easier to understand. I found the way things were worded to be particularly useful in this, as Chemistry has been quite hard to understand at points for me, but the difficult points were made easy by their explanations.

      One problem I do have with the AQA textbook also is the fact that there isn't enough exam questions included in the book. While they do have questions that are helpful towards understanding particular topics, I didn't think that there was enough examples of what an exam question could look like.

      Colour is an important part in my revision, however in this textbook there hardly was any so I found it hard to remember facts directly from the book itself. I would say that this book primarily is just a resource to use to find out information and then make your own notes, not something to rely on reading style revision.

      As it is made by the examiners, they do cover all the parts you'll need to know for the exam and lay them out in units which make searching for things much easier. For those who need an overview of what is included in the textbook, below are the general units that are covered:
      Foundation Chemistry
      -Atomic Structure
      -Amount of Substance
      -Bonding
      -Periodicity
      -Introduction To Organic Chemistry
      -Alkanes

      Chemistry In Actions
      -Energetics
      -Kinetics
      -Equilibria
      -Redox Reactions
      -Group 7, The Halogens
      -Group 2, The Alkaline Earth Metals
      -The Extraction of Metals
      -Haloakanes
      -Alkenes
      -Alcohols
      -Analytical Techniques

      Overall, I found that this textbook has been very helpful even if it isn't as colourful or has as many questions as other books have. It is very informative with a lot of information included, and it definitely has made my revision notes more bulky and filled with useful information. As it comes straight from the exam board, I would definitely recommend it as they know what they are talking about when it comes to writing textbooks!

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