chemistry a levelWatch
is chem hard
is it useful
shall I do it I'm still in yr 9
All my biology friends said it goes well with biology.
Nahh i think many people overhype it its not so bad, it has 3 branches physical organic inorganic.
Physical requires a lot of practice and it's mostly maths and logic (basically a bit like physics) it requires GCSE maths knowledge and just a bit of a level maths called logarithms ( one of the easiest a level maths topics so you will be fine).
Organic chemistry is basically a memory test with a bit of logic.
Inorganic is pure memory test.
It was completely useless for my career choice ( aerospace engineering), but it is useful in medicine, biochemistry, biology something on those lines.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0xUAe0HASI this video might help.
I strongly suggest Biology since in Chem, you learn about the catalytic properties of enzymes and some DNA stuffs. I didn’t take Bio but it was nice to know how DNA replication works, and also interesting facts about electrophoresis (separating proteins).
Physics? A bit I’d say. The atomic Chem was helpful as you learn about fundamental particles which is quite handy in Nuclear Physics. Seems trivial but it still has some effects. But understanding Physics will help you understand Chemistry better I’d say as in electrochemistry.
IMO, the calculations are easy as hell. So, physical is not worth mentioning at A-levels unless you’re doing Chem Olympiad. The one I find challenging is organic reactions. I just can’t deal with halogenoalkanes since they require memorisation and no specific formula. The benzene rings are fun tho. The organic synthesis can be tricky. But it’s not as challenging as proton NMR for me (Google it if you wanna dig something). Inorganic is fine unless some exceptions about the reactions come up.
Well, for medicine, it’s obviously a prerequisite. It also prepares you as a scientist through the practical skills. In the end, the steps required in carrying out experiments become quite intuitive as you master Chem. I’m better at making alcohols than making a cup of tea that satisfies my grandma. I think Chem opens more opportunities if you wanna take the science stream or something related but not so much for some types of engineering, according to my friend.
So, I like Chemistry, hoping to get my A, (A* would be better lol), but still I chose Physics over Chem for uni. Last piece of advice, TAKE MATHS! (It’s lovely).
Organic chemistry was my best topic (partly because I've got a slight tendency of photographic memory), but it is entirely a memory test. Certain things in Organic can't be solved with logic- the reagents are often incredibly specific. If in doubt, put NaBH4 or hot phosphoric acid
Physical chemistry was difficult for me mainly because Paper 1 was pure evil this year (thankfully revised everything that came up but it was still challenging), and also because there are often curveball questions where you can't get past the 2nd step of calculations *facepalm*.
I did Biology and doing even AS Chemistry reeaaalllllyyy helped with Bio. Everything to do with amino acids, carbohydrates etc. made so much more sense.