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    I started A-level chemistry this September and it quickly became my favourite subject, as a result I was wandering if anybody could give me any suggestions for books that would help me understand more and teach me more. It doesn't have to be related to the A level (OCR A) but if it is that would of course be a bonus!
    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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    You can use Oxford chemistry primers. It’s a series of books on different topics in chemistry so just pick a few topics you like the sound of and see if your library has them/buy off amazon
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    (Original post by MattHorwood)
    I started A-level chemistry this September and it quickly became my favourite subject, as a result I was wandering if anybody could give me any suggestions for books that would help me understand more and teach me more. It doesn't have to be related to the A level (OCR A) but if it is that would of course be a bonus!
    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
    are there any particular topics?(Physical organic inorganic?) and any other subject you like? like physics or maths
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    (Original post by HeadHoncho)
    You can use Oxford chemistry primers. It’s a series of books on different topics in chemistry so just pick a few topics you like the sound of and see if your library has them/buy off amazon
    Oh thanks I'll definitely check them out!
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    (Original post by bruh2132)
    are there any particular topics?(Physical organic inorganic?) and any other subject you like? like physics or maths
    Well I've been really enjoying organic chemistry so far, and although we haven't started it there is an interesting looking module on energy. The bit infind the hardest is the maths, with equations and moles so if you can think of anything to help me there that would be great. Oh I also am quite fond of physics.
    Thanks.
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    (Original post by MattHorwood)
    Well I've been really enjoying organic chemistry so far, and although we haven't started it there is an interesting looking module on energy. The bit infind the hardest is the maths, with equations and moles so if you can think of anything to help me there that would be great. Oh I also am quite fond of physics.
    Thanks.
    Well I'm applying for natural sciences (Physics Maths and Chemistry) and one of the main topics I talked about in my personal statement was thermodynamics- it links all three subjects really nicely.
    In terms of maths I'm unsure just do past papers I guess.(and do chemistry olympiad and challenge these look really good and can have some interesting topics in them).
    For organic chemistry, I'm not sure I know my friend looks at mechanisms a lot.( you could also look at rates of reaction and mechanisms- this links physical chemistry nicely with organic chemistry) apart from that I don't know.
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    (Original post by bruh2132)
    Well I'm applying for natural sciences (Physics Maths and Chemistry) and one of the main topics I talked about in my personal statement was thermodynamics- it links all three subjects really nicely.
    In terms of maths I'm unsure just do past papers I guess.(and do chemistry olympiad and challenge these look really good and can have some interesting topics in them).
    For organic chemistry, I'm not sure I know my friend looks at mechanisms a lot.( you could also look at rates of reaction and mechanisms- this links physical chemistry nicely with organic chemistry) apart from that I don't know.
    Thanks for the reply I'll look into these things!
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    (Original post by MattHorwood)
    Well I've been really enjoying organic chemistry so far, and although we haven't started it there is an interesting looking module on energy. The bit infind the hardest is the maths, with equations and moles so if you can think of anything to help me there that would be great. Oh I also am quite fond of physics.
    Thanks.
    For further reading past A Level topics, Clayden's organic book is pretty much the gold standard for a core text. Used copies can be had fairly cheap.
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    For further reading past A Level topics, Clayden's organic book is pretty much the gold standard for a core text. Used copies can be had fairly cheap.
    That's great thanks i'll look into it.
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    That's great thanks i'll look into it.
    I couldn't recommend Claydon at this stage in your studies, it's a 1500+ page textbook aimed at undergraduates :yes:

    If you want to look a bit further ahead you may wish to try ''why chemical reactions happen'' by Keeler and Wothers.
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    I couldn't recommend Claydon at this stage in your studies, it's a 1500+ page textbook aimed at undergraduates :yes:

    If you want to look a bit further ahead you may wish to try ''why chemical reactions happen'' by Keeler and Wothers.
    Thanks for the advice, I think I may have actually heard of this one so I'll take a look at it thanks.
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