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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by clintmyster
    its more colourful then the rest, thats what makes it better
    lol u noticed!!!! (i thought i was the only one that would)

    yeh the layout and diagrams and stuff is all exellent, but also the content does match up to how good it looks!

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    I have Chemistry Contexts 2, the new Excel, old Conquering, Chemistry Pathways and one dot point

    I guess all have their strengths and weaknesses, but I mainly use a combination of contexts and pathways

    Does anyone know if dotpoint MC and investigations are any good? cos they're like $45 each, so i don't want to spend that much if their not worth it

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    With the ISBN number youre looking for, dont bother, just go to your local bookstore or find out if your school has a deal with a local one. Chances are, they can order it in for you or tell you where you can get it, there may be a small fee involved but im not sure.
    If that doesnt work just google it and chances are itll come up.

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by yummy-cookies
    I have Chemistry Contexts 2, the new Excel, old Conquering, Chemistry Pathways and one dot point

    I guess all have their strengths and weaknesses, but I mainly use a combination of contexts and pathways

    Does anyone know if dotpoint MC and investigations are any good? cos they're like $45 each, so i don't want to spend that much if their not worth it
    dotpoints is actually very good for revision. But its definitely not worth $45 imo. I think its overrated. Anyways the other dotpoint you have should suffice. You might only need just investigations.

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    geoffrey thickett writes for macmillan chem pathways as well as jacaranda chem... all by himself

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by UltimateSupremo
    geoffrey thickett writes for macmillan chem pathways as well as jacaranda chem... all by himself
    Wow.

    Then is there point in buying each one of them? I mean, if the style is similar, I am assuming that the contents will be somewhat similar too.

    S.K. Patel wrote 4 Unit Excel with other textbook. Both book contains some exactly same questions, haha. I guess even the busy writers can get really lazy.

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    I think his chem pathways is a bit old. like maybe he severed his contract with them lawls
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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Is it just me, or is Spotlight chem a bit TOO detailed on some points? Does anyone else agree?

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    I thought Thickett's Macmillan book was quite good IMO

    Chem Contexts is crap though, dont use that unless your desperate. As in, your library burnt down and this was the only book that survived because it was in the trash and not on the shelves

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by LordPc
    Chem Contexts is crap though, dont use that unless your desperate. As in, your library burnt down and this was the only book that survived because it was in the trash and not on the shelves
    What.. I reckon its decent, it speaks in a simple, but not dumbed-down language...

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by LordPc
    I thought Thickett's Macmillan book was quite good IMO

    Chem Contexts is crap though, dont use that unless your desperate. As in, your library burnt down and this was the only book that survived because it was in the trash and not on the shelves
    dude it's quite good
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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by yummy-cookies
    I have Chemistry Contexts 2, the new Excel, old Conquering, Chemistry Pathways and one dot point

    I guess all have their strengths and weaknesses, but I mainly use a combination of contexts and pathways

    Does anyone know if dotpoint MC and investigations are any good? cos they're like $45 each, so i don't want to spend that much if their not worth it
    definitely get your hands on dotpoint MC as they include notes/theory which you can refer to.

    I havent seen the investigation but i didnt like the physics one

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by carlytse621
    Never get excel .....It's horrible!!!!!
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    not the new version though
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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by dp624
    dude it's quite good
    my school used Context for our class

    I however constantly used conquering and macmillan to get my information.

    its good for some things, but on the whole the other textbooks are far superior. I think the main problem is that Context is a bit too wordy, if you get me, and there is often poor sentence structure.

    i just found other textbooks much easier

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Use many sources so you can make good model responses in time for ur hsc!

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    I use chem context (the new1). .. its a good book in terms of how it is set out and nice and colourful with pictures.. unlike jacaranda chem... but context has its problems... 4 somethings it goes way over the top and for others such gives a brief sentence with little explaination...

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deltan
    not the new version though
    New version is great. It follows the layout of my notes perfectly as it is all set straight back to the syllabus and has a heap of questions.

    We use chem contexts in class
    It misses out some large portions of the syllabus and is poorly written in my opinion.
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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    New version of excel sorta sucks imo. its got massive amounts of filler.

    btw, is it just me, or is Spotlight chem a bit TOO detailed on some points? Does anyone else agree?

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by sinophile
    New version of excel sorta sucks imo. its got massive amounts of filler.
    Really I find Excel great? Just because of the layout.

    In chem contexts you have to sift through a stack of rubbish that doesn't even relate to the syllabus half of the time.

    I have the 3rd edition conquering chem, it is decent however like chem contexts there is a lot to sift through to find what I want.

    Imo there isn't a really good chemistry textbook out there from those I have used.
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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah182
    In chem contexts you have to sift through a stack of rubbish that doesn't even relate to the syllabus half of the time.
    I agree... sometimes it talks about things not in the sylabus for a whole page, but for things that are, it has like one paragraph only.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah182
    Really I find Excel great? Just because of the layout.
    which excel might this be, i have the older orange 1 printed in 2001 i think... i dont like it.. it does not follow the sylabus layout and for some things just has point for... which excel do u use??

    also which macmillan book is every1 talking about above... is it the maquarie revision guide 1....??

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by micuzzo
    I agree... sometimes it talks about things not in the sylabus for a whole page, but for things that are, it has like one paragraph only.


    which excel might this be, i have the older orange 1 printed in 2001 i think... i dont like it.. it does not follow the sylabus layout and for some things just has point for... which excel do u use??

    also which macmillan book is every1 talking about above... is it the maquarie revision guide 1....??
    Lol. the new excel chem is very different from the older one.
    It has a completely new layout, with info in the middle and dotpoints which you can fill in @ the side. Look like:
    http://www.pascalpress.com.au/v/vspf...1252996-2T.jpg
    And I think there talking bout Macmillan Chemistry Pathways 2

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by ~caramello~
    Lol. the new excel chem is very different from the older one.
    It has a completely new layout, with info in the middle and dotpoints which you can fill in @ the side. Look like:
    http://www.pascalpress.com.au/v/vspf...1252996-2T.jpg
    And I think there talking bout Macmillan Chemistry Pathways 2
    ahh ok... so the layout is new but hows the info... is it relevant and clear to understand?

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by micuzzo
    ahh ok... so the layout is new but hows the info... is it relevant and clear to understand?
    The layout has the syllabus dot point and then has all the information relating to that dot point below it. I find it extremely useful.

    However I picked up Surfing Chemistry the other day and that is also pretty good, although it's severely overpriced for how much information it has ($20 for one module, about 60 pages).
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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by micuzzo View Post
    ahh ok... so the layout is new but hows the info... is it relevant and clear to understand?
    Yeah, like the guy above me said. But still, Excel is condensed to the fucking moon and back. Its like a summary of a summary so it misses alot of details- youre better off using something else. Its worthwhile to flip through it in the library to grab some extra points, or for the questions though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinophile View Post
    But still, Excel is condensed to the fucking moon and back.
    Never quite heard that expression before, but I'm pretty sure Savage Garden would be pleased.

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