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Chemistry Matters Practical Book
Chemistry Matters Practical Book
Price $13.80
Publisher Marshall Cavendish Education Pte Ltd
ISBN 9789810117054
pp 168
Grade G9-10

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Product Code: MACHEMPR

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Chemistry Matters Practical Book is the practical companion to the revised best-selling Chemistry Matters textbook. Designed to enrich learning and develop investigative and practical skills, this complete practical course is written in line with the Singapore 2013 GCE Ordinary Level Chemistry syllabus from the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Enriches learning
   - The improved experiments facilitate the hands-on learning that reinforces understanding of fundamental Chemistry concepts.
   - Investigations on daily contexts stimulate scientific inquiry.
   - Questions after the experiment help students relate theory to practice.
   - Data logger experiments familiarise students with the use of technology in research.

Promotes good laboratory practices
   - Notes at the beginning of the book explain how and why of good experimental techniques and safe laboratory conduct.
   - Pointers at relevant parts of the experiment remind students of safety precautions and highlight proper laboratory techniques.

Develops practical techniques and investigative skills
   - Notes on Volumetric Analysis and Qualitative Analysis provide details on these experimental procedures. Pointers highlight important tips, common mistakes that should be avoided, and explain the reasons behind them.
   - The scaffolded arrangement of experiments builds skills progressively.  Students learn to
        -- perform experiments and make accurate records;
        -- interpret observations, process data and draw conclusions;

        -- plan and carry out investigations, evaluate their methods, and suggest improvements.
   - A list of skills at the start of e
ach experiment details the essential skills that students need to demonstrate in that practical.       
   - A variety of experiments covering various techniques allows students to gain confidence in different experimental setups.

Above extract from Preface of Chemistry Matters Practical Book (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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