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How much harder is A2 chemistry for edexcel than AS level?
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How much harder is A2 chemistry for edexcel than AS level?
Lots of people find Chemistry difficult.

I love Chemistry so it's not really an issue for me. But there is a lot of content, so if you don't like revising, it's probably not the subject for you. As for difficulty, I find that if you understand AS well, then A2 is not that hard.

Some AS material (mechanisms/isomers/basic energetics) shows up in Unit 4 as well, and Unit 5 is a synoptic paper so A2 Chemistry would be difficult for someone who struggled with AS.
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Lots of people find Chemistry difficult.

I love Chemistry so it's not really an issue for me. But there is a lot of content, so if you don't like revising, it's probably not the subject for you. As for difficulty, I find that if you understand AS well, then A2 is not that hard.

Some AS material (mechanisms/isomers/basic energetics) shows up in Unit 4 as well, and Unit 5 is a synoptic paper so A2 Chemistry would be difficult for someone who struggled with AS.
thanks, I found AS chemistry okay/easy so hopefully I can do A2 with few problems
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thanks, I found AS chemistry okay/easy so hopefully I can do A2 with few problems
The key is understanding the concepts really well and being able to apply them. With sufficient practice, I'm sure you'll do alright.
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The key is understanding the concepts really well and being able to apply them. With sufficient practice, I'm sure you'll do alright.
Thanks, would you say the work at A2 is more interesting?
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Thanks, would you say the work at A2 is more interesting?
Well, it depends. If you like Organic Chemistry, Unit 5 has Arenes and Nitrogen Organics. There is a continuation of Redox Equlibria in more detail which I don't enjoy as much but it's linked a lot to Transition Metal Chemistry which I like. You also learn organic synthesis, which is like theory on practicals a lot of the time.

Unit 4 has rates, entropy, acid-base equlibria. I don't mind those. There's lots of calculations and graphs involved, but they're not too difficult because most of it is formulaic. They do make some questions quite tricky though. But Unit 4 also has Gas Chromatography/HPL Chromatography, I don't really enjoy the questions on those because I find them boring, but it's a very small topic from the whole of Unit 4. Unit 4 also has Organic Chemistry, specifically aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters and acyl halides.

Might have missed mentioning a few things, but that's the gist of it.
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Well, it depends. If you like Organic Chemistry, Unit 5 has Arenes and Nitrogen Organics. There is a continuation of Redox Equlibria in more detail which I don't enjoy as much but it's linked a lot to Transition Metal Chemistry which I like. You also learn organic synthesis, which is like theory on practicals a lot of the time.

Unit 4 has rates, entropy, acid-base equlibria. I don't mind those. There's lots of calculations and graphs involved, but they're not too difficult because most of it is formulaic. They do make some questions quite tricky though. But Unit 4 also has Gas Chromatography/HPL Chromatography, I don't really enjoy the questions on those because I find them boring, but it's a very small topic from the whole of Unit 4. Unit 4 also has Organic Chemistry, specifically aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters and acyl halides.

Might have missed mentioning a few things, but that's the gist of it.
Sounds much more interesting than AS, goodluck on your unit 4 & 5 exam
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