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on 21 May 2003
I highly recommend this book to any A level candidate on any exam board, it teaches you everything needed for A level plus more. The book contains images and detail you will not find anywhere outside University text books and is far better than any other A level text book i have read or looked at.
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on 24 October 2005
I have often have trouble when looking through a book designed for the syllabus that I am studying because it does not go into detail of what I am studying, which often leaves me with more questions in my mind not answered.
This book on the other hand does not. Even though it is designed for all of the syllabuses for AS/A2 chemistry one can still tailor it to suit each of the modules or whole units of work by going onto the website for a table of work to study for a particular unit which makes the book very 'user freindly'
Similarly, it goes into great depth to explain some very complicated topics in detail unlike many other text books as it has a great layout and fully prepares you for the exams that you will face by also providing questions at the end of each section.
All in all this is a great book that everyone should use as it eaasily explaines some of the very hard topics very easily and provides the best preparation for the exams. I managed to get an A.
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on 17 January 2005
Like the other books within its series (Advanced Physics & Advanced Biology), this text contains a wealth of information which far extends beyond the A-level syllabus. The syllabus for which I am studying is Edexcel Advanced Nuffield Chemistry; that said, many students whom study this course can sympathize with the lack of resources available to support this syllabus. The information in the "Nuffield Advanced Chemistry Students' Book" is rather brief, lacking depth and explanation - something that "Advanced Chemistry" provides and more. However, the mass of information available can make it daunting, however a grid is kindly provided at the Oxford University Press' website, showing which sections of the book are relevant to your syllabus. If you're going for an A in chemistry, then this book will be the perfect companion in your AS/A2 course; more so if you wish study sciences at university level. To give an example of the depth of information offered by this book, a spread is based on "Solving the Schrödinger equation", something which surprised me as being in A-level text book! Many spreads can be omitted and you won't loose vital information; it can truly be tailored to match your course. My only criticism of this book is that firstly, no assistance is provided for coursework (however there is multitude of experiments within the book with results, indicator tests, explanations and etc.). Secondly due to the nature of the book, it isn't the best resource for "tackling" exam papers; for this I suggest revision guides or "exam success" related paraphernalia, but in a counter-argument there are perhaps not many A-level text books/resources that can provide the depth and understanding offered by this book. Thirdly, the practice questions within the book all do not have answers located within the appendix, and some questions are very challenging and seem to be beyond the scope of the information offered in the textbook, but for those of you whom use the "Nuffield Advanced Chemistry Students' Book", this is perhaps nothing new! Although, to compensate for this, there are two pages beset with exam questions after each topic, all of which have answers provided for within the appendix, with some of the questions also being from the main exam boards (Edexcel, OCR and AQA).
Overall, a must have book!
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on 17 January 2005
Like the other books within its series (Advanced Physics & Advanced Biology), this text contains a wealth of information which far extends beyond the A-level syllabus. The syllabus for which I am studying is Edexcel Advanced Nuffield Chemistry; that said, many students whom study this course can sympathize with the lack of resources available to support this syllabus. The information in the "Nuffield Advanced Chemistry Students' Book" is rather brief, lacking depth and explanation - something that "Advanced Chemistry" provides and more. However, the mass of information available can make it daunting, however a grid is kindly provided at the Oxford University Press' website, showing which sections of the book are relevant to your syllabus. If you're going for an A in chemistry, then this book will be the perfect companion in your AS/A2 course; more so if you wish study sciences at university level. To give an example of the depth of information offered by this book, a spread is based on "Solving the Schrödinger equation", something which surprised me as being in A-level text book! Many spreads can be omitted and you won't loose vital information; it can truly be tailored to match your course. My only criticism of this book is that firstly, no assistance is provided for coursework (however there is multitude of experiments within the book with results, indicator tests, explanations and etc.). Secondly due to the nature of the book, it isn't the best resource for "tackling" exam papers; for this I suggest revision guides or "exam success" related paraphernalia, but in a counter-argument there are perhaps not many A-level text books/resources that can provide the depth and understanding offered by this book. Thirdly, the practice questions within the book all do not have answers located within the appendix, and some questions are very challenging and seem to be beyond the scope of the information offered in the textbook, but for those of you whom use the "Nuffield Advanced Chemistry Students' Book", this is perhaps nothing new! Although, to compensate for this, there are two pages beset with exam questions after each topic, all of which have answers provided for within the appendix, with some of the questions also being from the main exam boards (Edexcel, OCR and AQA).
Overall, a must have book!
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on 10 March 2012
This book covers almost every aspect of chemistry taught at A level by any exam board and a bit beyond. 2 page spreads, chunk the work nicely with clear cross references to other pertinent sections of the book. Good modern treatment use of VSEPR theory and use of electrostatic potential maps and computer imaging brings bonding to life.

Whether you are a teacher that needs to bring subject knowledge up to A Level or a graduate chemist that needs to know where to pitch it for A level, I would recommend this book.

It is a great book for students for the same reasons, but expensive. I would want any Oxbridge or equivalent student of mine to have 24/7 access to this book at 6th Form.
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on 16 November 2000
'Advanced Chemistry' is an outstanding general chemistry textbook carefully tailored to all current (2000) A, AS and A2 level specifications. The book is designed as a series of double page spreads, each one addressing a specific topic or part of a topic. The page layout is uncluttered and easy on the eye and colour is used strategically to aid navigation through the topics. The science is accurate and detailed, yet the language is straightforward and enables learners to assimilate the main concepts first time through. However, the main strength of the book is in the use of images. The authors have included literally hundreds of photographs, line drawings and graphics: more than any other text book currrently available. The graphics distil even the most complex concepts down to their simplest form while the photographs are simply beautiful. They bring the science to life and make it relevant to the everyday world. Every page contains something of interest. Indeed, the reader is almost tricked into reading the text as a background activity to marvelling at the pictures. The text also includes hundreds of example questions for practice- many from recent papers- and, importantly, includes the answers. 'Advanced Chemistry' is painless to read and, dare I say it, difficult to put down, an almost impossible challenge for any author and one that none has achieved since Peter Atkins in 'Molecules'. It is a generation ahead of the competition and will no doubt set the standard against which all subsequent books will be judged.
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on 15 July 2004
This book is excellent for anyone doing A-level chemistry. It works well as a secondary text book alongside the one suplied by a school. It contains calculations, worked examples and many images of rections. The fact the text go beyond the A2 syllabus is excellent in that it allows the student to have a broader knowledge of chemistry before entering the exam room.
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on 1 April 2006
Yes, it IS the best chemistry textbook out there. You needn't look any further.
Like I said in another review, Michael Clugston and Rosalind Flemming are, like M. Kent (Advanced Biology) and Jim Clark (Calculations in AS / A Level Chemistry), two of those rare A-level authors that actually care about what they're doing.
So stop wasting your time, just buy this book and start learning!
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on 6 June 2006
This chemistry book goes beyond the scopes of A-level to accomodate better understanding of each spread's contents. It isn't organised according to any A-level syllabus, and that makes it a book designed for private and further studies on the subject, for students who want to expand their knowledge rather than just following the dogmatic A-levels.
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on 22 January 2007
this chemitry book is of the very highest calibre. the explanation is clear and ellaborated, and some go beyond the requirement of A-level. it is an essential if you want to study the subject to degree level.
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