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The ‘Facer’ book: Title: Edexcel AS Chemistry: Textbook [Paperback]
George Facer (Author)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Philip Allan; 2 edition (28 Mar 2008)
Comes with CD ROM
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0340957603
ISBN-13: 978-0340957608

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The ‘Pearson’ book: Title: Edexcel A Level Science: AS Chemistry Students’ Book with ActiveBook CD
Ann Fullick, Bob McDuell
Jul 2008, Paperback with CD-ROM, 264 pages
ISBN13: 9781405896351
ISBN10: 1405896353

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The ‘Hodder’ book: Title: Edexcel Chemistry for AS [Paperback]
Graham Hill (Author), Andrew Hunt (Author)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Hodder Education; Pap/Cdr edition (28 Mar 2008)
Language: English
Coms with Internet login dtails for online support inc. Q&A
ISBN-10: 0340949082
ISBN-13: 978-0340949085

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Get the Grade: Edexcel AS/A2 Chemistry [Paperback]
George Facer (Author)
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Philip Allan (25 Sep 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0340991879
ISBN-13: 978-0340991879

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Edexcel AS Chemistry Revision Guide (Edexcel A Level Sciences) [Paperback]
Mr Phillip Dobson (Author), Mr David Craggs (Author), Mr Geoff Wright (Author)
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Edexcel; 1 edition (25 Aug 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1846905974
ISBN-13: 978-1846905971

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AS-Level Chemistry Edexcel Revision Guide [Paperback]
Richard Parsons (Author, Editor)
Publisher: Coordination Group Publications Ltd (CGP) (14 July 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1847621244
ISBN-13: 978-1847621245

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Edexcel AS Chemistry: Unit 1: The Core Principals of Chemistry (Student Unit Guides) [Paperback]
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Philip Allan (26 Sep 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0340950129
ISBN-13: 978-0340950128

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Edexcel AS Chemistry: Unit 2 (Student Unit Guides) [Paperback]
Rod Beavon (Author)
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Philip Allan (28 Nov 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0340948183
ISBN-13: 978-0340948187

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Edexcel AS/A-level Chemistry: Unit 3 & 6: Chemistry Laboratory Skills (Student Unit Guides) [Paperback]
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Philip Allan (26 Feb 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1444108433
ISBN-13: 978-1444108439

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Which book YOU like is often a personal choice. But books are THE BEST source of knowledge (after you’re lecturer of course heh heh heh!)

The top three books are the main textbooks. Try and get all three of you can, but at least have two of them. Having just one textbook isn’t very good (you will narrow your perspective of the subject), but if you can only have one book, I would recommend the ‘Hodder’ or ‘Facer’ book, and not the ‘Pearson’ book (it’s too simple / not challenging).

The other books 2nd row onwards are good for revision. They not good learning books i.e. you should not rely on a revision book in place of a textbook, because although revision books are usually excellent at giving key things you need to know and in a very short space, they are usually very poor at explaining things. The explaining bit is for a textbook. Although I would say there is one exception… The rich brown/orange book by Richard Parsons can act as a text book AND a revision book. I think this book is very good indeed.

 

 

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