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Chemistry Matters Textbook
Chemistry Matters Textbook
 
Price $38.50
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Int (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore
ISBN: 9789810116965
pp.: 488
Grade: G9-10

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Chemistry Matters textbook is written in alignment with the latest GCE Ordinary Level Chemistry syllabus by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. Designed for effective concept development and reinforcement, this textbook presents Chemistry in an engaging and effective manner through the use of infographics, graphic organisers and real-life examples. The textbook also aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge and 21st century competencies for their journey of lifelong learning.

Makes Chemistry engaging, clear and simple
- Captivating chapter openers with attractive photos and though-provoking questions spark off the inquiry process.
- Concepts presented within authentic contexts make Physics relevant, useful and interesting.
- Step-wise presentations with infographics and flow charts break down difficult concepts into easy-to-understand bites.
- Illustrations and photographs and visualisation of abstract concepts. Links to online animations and videos provides dynamic visual learning support.

Promotes learning with understanding and hones critical thinking
- Hands-on activities enable the experiential learning that strengthens conceptual understanding.
- Links between chapters and end-of-chapter concept maps highlight interconnected concepts.
- Worked examples guide students on how to apply concepts.
- Regular test questions prompt immediate checks on understanding, providing opportunities for assessment for learning.
- Ample practice questions, including challenging and data-based questions, nurture higher-order thinking skills and agile minds that are able to apply concepts on novel situations.

Develops 21st century competencies
- A diagnostic checklist for every chapter surfaces flaws in conceptual understanding and promotes self-directed learning by guiding students to the relevant sections for revision.
- Group and online learning activities that require students to evaluate, process and communicate information, foster independent learning, problem-solving, ICT, interpersonal and collaborative skills.


Above extract from Preface of Chemistry Matters Textbook (reproduced with the permission of the publishers).


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Components of Chemistry Matters:

The Textbook can be used in a school or home setting for 9th or 10th grade students. It can be read independently; although there are numerous questions given in the margin for discussion. Students should have a basic understanding of algebra and how to work with formulas and measurement units. The focus is on inorganic chemistry, but there are a few chapters on organic chemistry. There is a review at the end of each chapter, and though many of the problems can be answered without doing any of the experiments in the practical book some of them are better understood if the student has some laboratory experience. There are clear links to the practical book and workbook,

The Practical Book is meant for a school setting. The experiments require laboratory apparatus and chemicals and are generally not feasible in a home setting due to cost and safety. The Practical is a separate course and does not follow the textbook lesson by lesson but rather complements the textbook. There are no instructions on how to prepare reagents and handle chemicals.

The Teacherís Edition of the Practical Book is a copy of the Practical studentís edition with answers printed on the pages.

The Workbook can be easily used in a school or home setting. There is one worksheet for most chapters, but not for all chapters, and one ďTrial ExamĒ. The worksheets are structured like the exams in Singapore and include a multiple-choice section, a structured answer section, and a free response section. Some of the problems will be easier to answer if students have some laboratory experience, even if not the experiments specifically in the Practical Book.

The Teacherís Edition of the Workbook is a copy of the Workbook studentís edition with answers printed on the pages.

The Teacherís Planning Guide is a good resource with scheme of work, detailed lesson plans, links to internet sites, and additional activities. The guide also contains full solutions to the textbook questions. (Please note that The Solutions to Textbook Questions provides full solutions to textbook questions). Homeschoolers could probably find a variety of web sites themselves.

The Solutions to Textbook Questions provides solutions to textbook questions only. (The same solutions are in the Teacher's Planning Guide).


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