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Collins Advanced Science – Human Biology Paperback – 20 May 2008
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"It is beautifully illustrated, and contains many eye-catching photographs and large, colourful diagrams. The explanations are clear and interesting, often interspersed with a touch of dry humour. …a readable and enjoyable text.
This book will stimulate able students to pursue topics further, and will provide an excellent framework of understanding for those of more limited abilities."
Journal of Biological Education
Accessible and comprehensive support for AS and A2 Human Biology for the 2008 specification for AQA and OCR.See all Product description
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I asked her for any A level general biology books, with excellent layouts, very clear to read, easily digestible, clear diagrams and without tiny writing all squashed in together.
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When you are choosing an important book you are planning on spending many many hours studying with, its so important to find a book which you will enjoy using due to its amazing presentation from start to finish, even the out side edge is colour coded, so you can instantly find the section you are working for. Its all the added extras which they didn't have to do, non of the other books did this, but it adds to its user friendly approach.
This whole book is USER FRIENDLY, in every respect and more.
If you can make complex information look and read as though its easy to learn, then learning becomes far more achievable, productive and hopefully successful.
The contents page is very easy to read, and colour coded with the pages of that subject and the external pages of the book.
The subject headings are very clear and enlarged, important words or information are also in larger print than the rest of the text. Different easy to read fonts are used, which relaxes the eyes, and helps you to focus on the different information, ie, information of microscopic pictures, information regarding diagrams. It also has sections within the chapters, displayed in very clear font, called "REMEMBER THIS" with a big tick in front of it, highlighting information you need to take away with that page. Different coloured back grounds in gently shaded colour also helps you to take in the information and remember the diagrams too. Its all these little elements which make this book so different. Nothing is over complicated in any way.
I read books and I use a kindle, and I must say, this book is far far better as a book than using it in kindle format. I have many technical books on kindle, and I cannot imagine this book being so effective in Kindle format. I like the fact that the information is spread out and not crunched together. I personally feel this book would loose all its amazing qualities being read on a small screen. If I did have it on kindle/tablet form, I would like the book to use at home to study from.
This book has 684 pages, and is a heavy book to carry about.
Section 1. The cell: basic unit of life
what is a cell
tissue and organs
the chemicals of life
movement in and out of cells
enzymes and metabolism
Section 2. Energetics
energy and life
Section 3. Supply and demand
animal circulatory systems
Section 4. Getting the right balance
excretion and water balance
health and disease
defence against disease
Section 5. Control systems
nerves and impulses
support and movement
senses and behaviour
Section 6. Reproduction and genetics
genetics: the basics
DNA, genes and chromosomes
how genes are inherited
Section 7. All about plants
how plants work
how plants grow and respond
reproduction in flowering plants
Section 8. The environment
the biology of ecosystems
energy transfer and mineral cycling in ecosystems
human activity and the environment
answers to questions
I hope this review will help you choose a book suitable for you, and that you find the right book to make learning an enjoyable experience.
I would recommend this book to all.
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