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5.0 out of 5 stars useful book for IGCSE Chemistry, 16 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry (Student Book) (Edexcel International GCSE) (Paperback)
I brought this book for my 11 year old son who is home-educated and doing IGCSE in Chemistry. We have both found this book very useful for his studies. It is very colourful and very easy to follow. The only problem is, there is no answers to it. However, problem solved, as I emailed person explained my situation that a book is no good without the answers when a parent needs them and they gave me the website for the answers.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone doing IGCSE's.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2010 11:28:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2010 11:29:35 GMT
J. Clark says:
From the author:

It is really important that home-schooling parents should visit the website that they will find on the back cover of the book (www.chemguide.co.uk/igcse). This has all sorts of useful information (including answers to the questions, and links to video material) which should make your life easier.

Good luck!

Jim Clark

Posted on 19 Aug 2010 09:36:26 BDT
Marte Patel says:
Full answers are available as a free pdf download from the Pearson Education website for teachers and parents by emailing customersolutions@pearson.com (for UK teachers and parents) or icsorders@pearson.com (for all other teachers and parents).

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2011 12:28:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2011 12:29:59 BDT
J. Clark says:
To save you the bother of e-mailing Pearson, you can find the answers on the Edexcel site ( http://www.edexcel.com/resources/pages/viewItem.aspx?item=317 ) or from my Chemguide site ( http://www.chemguide.co.uk/igcse/homeschooling/home1.html ). The Edexcel page might possibly move to another address at some point in the future, but the Chemguide address won't change.

Jim Clark

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2013 01:02:34 GMT
H. Forsythe says:
Hello Jim. Does this textbook cover the revised and new syllabus, or is there a newer study guide?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2013 10:47:50 GMT
J. Clark says:
The current position is that Edexcel have introduced a new Edexcel Certificate in Chemistry which will sit alongside the International GCSE. This new Certificate syllabus is virtually identical to the old IGCSE syllabus. The original IGCSE syllabus has now been slightly changed to make the two completely identical.

As a result, I had to make the tiny addition of a margin box to the original book regarding recycling plastics, and that's all. That happened about a year ago, and will probably have got into the current generation of books. If you have a copy which includes "Edexcel Certificate in Chemistry" on the front cover, it should be there on page 170. If not, it reads

"Recycling of plastics is important, not just to save raw materials, but because it takes a very long time for addition polymers like poly(ethene) to break down in the environment. They contain strong covalent bonds making them almost inert at ordinary temperatures.

In particular, they aren't easily broken down by living organisms. We say that they are non-biodegradable."

The only other difference is that there is rather more detail on condensation polymerisation on the old syllabus than on the new one. If you are working to the new syllabus, then you will end up knowing and understanding a little bit too much - not a bad thing! Eventually, when everyone has finished the final exam relating to the old IGCSE syllabus, there will probably have to be some change here, but that may just flag the material (some but not all of the work on pages 172-3) as extension material to avoid creating problems with page layout and indexing further on in the book.
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