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    Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides

    what do u think the best chemistry resources are for HSC?
    i'm confused on whether to use macquarie or excell revision guides... they're pretty much the same i reckon...
    what about text books? my skool uses contexts... but ive got the old conquering at home and it seems more clear and to the point...

    what chem books do u guys use (or have heard about)?

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    I've heard conquering chemistry was pretty good, don't really know though, I don't do chemistry
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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    I found Conquering Chemistry to be quite good. Excel wasn't that great.

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    Conquering Chemistry is probably the best that I've used, excel isn't that good

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Chemistry Contexts, it's got 2 books for prelim & hsc course, i find it better than conquering chemistry, the language is simple enough to make the already complicated concepts etc more understandable

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    I've got to say that Excel is the best Chemistry textbook I've ever used. :rofl:

    Nah nah, Just kidding. Go with Conquering Chemistry, it's a great textbook for the HSC. Just make sure you cross-check what's in the syllabus and what's in the textbook because some of the older editions of Conquering Chemistry goes into too much detail for the amended syllabus.




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    I found that prelim excel chemistry wasn't that good lol. The way it was set out didnt go with me.

    However, the TEXTBOOK that your teacher gives you should be MORE THAN ENOUGH. Because the teachers are going to give you the good ones(only if your school isnt cheap). All the other text book is doing is just conferming the work in the other book lol.

    The best resource i found was GOOGLE. Type in your question or dot point and you have explanations lol.

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    thanx guys i'll see if i can get a hold of the new conquering...

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Chemistry Spotlight is good too. My cousin bought both the prelim and HSC herself, and my teacher at school sometimes photocopies parts of it for us. It explains some syllabus points quite well

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    Spotlight is very good, too...it is huge though!
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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Excel sux, good waste of $30
    Conquering and Contexts the best

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    lol excel is pretty much a joke.

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by onebytwo
    Excel sux, good waste of $30
    Actually excel prelim ext math got me through permutations and combination (that's also coz our text books had nothing on perms and combos)...l really luved the worked answers!

    For chemistry I really like the KISS notes. PLZ PLZ if anyone knows the ISBN number or even the publisher please let me know coz I REALLY REALLY wanna but a set for myself in chem and phys. Thanks
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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Make sure you get the pink & white covered Conqering Chemsitry (4th edition), this is the most recent edition available.

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    conquering chemistry edition 4, chemistry contexts 2 and macquarie chemistry hsc study guide are the best combinations, and don't question about it again.
    However i have heard that contexts is too detailed and so i am using chemistry pathways hsc as my supplement which has excellent information all directly relevant to the syllabus - it's only $25 from www.macmillan.com.au if u order it online.

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    Contexts is good for extra reading; it contains alot of rambling info that isn't essential to know for the HSC but is still interesting.

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Howdy there, I'm also looking at chem textbooks to buy =).

    I've tracked down the Conquering Chemistry (4th Edition) textbook but regarding the Macquarie Revision Guide...is there a specific edition I have to get? Or is it just the 2003 edition...?

    Also, with the Chemistry Contexts 2 book, do I get the 2nd Edition?

    Thanks for any help, just looking to make sure I get the right editions..

    P.S. --> for anyone thats doing/did Ancient History or PD/H/PE, did you find that you needed any textbooks to supplement what the teachers gave you? Or was it enough..? Cos I found for Yr11 the stuff they gave us was pretty sufficient, just wondered if it was the same for the HSC course.

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by cazzy160344
    Also, with the Chemistry Contexts 2 book, do I get the 2nd Edition?
    I'm pretty sure that the 2nd edition is still the latest edition out so far.

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Actually excel prelim ext math got me through permutations and combination (that's also coz our text books had nuthing on perms and combos)...l really luved the worked answers!

    For chemistry I really like the KISS notes. PLZ PLZ if anyone knows the ISBN numba or even the publisher please let me know coz I REALLY REALLY wanna but a set for myself in chem and phys. Thanks

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Never get excel .....It's horrible!!!!!
    Conquering is a really great textbooks and it should be enough to study
    maybe you can get DOT POINT as well...
    KISS note is awesome!!!! The best studyguide i have ever seen

    For the info about Kiss go to this website
    Keep It Simple Science/home

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    I agree. KISS booklets are extremely helpful. clear, concise and straight to the point.
    In my opinion Conquering is probably the best textbook. Explains stuff really well.
    Contexts is pretty good too. Macquarie and excel are just a waste of money.
    DOTPOINTs are just overrated. Surfing books are good for revision but pretty expensive.

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    check out the new jacaranda one - its by geoffery Thickett (or however u spell it) - it really is top notch, even better than conquering chem i rekon!

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    The ones I suggest:
    Jacaranda (all my ex-teachers agree on this)
    Contexts
    Conquering Chemistry

    With those 3 above, you cannot fail (well, given that you actually study).

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by lyounamu
    The ones I suggest:
    Jacaranda (all my ex-teachers agree on this)
    Contexts
    Conquering Chemistry

    With those 3 above, you cannot fail (well, given that you actually study).
    agreed - i used all 3 above, plus the Dot Point book

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    Re: Best Chemistry Textbooks/Guides?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pwnage101
    check out the new jacaranda one - its by geoffery Thickett (or however u spell it) - it really is top notch, even better than conquering chem i rekon!

    its more colourful then the rest, thats what makes it better
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