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  • General

    In the period after finishing your GCSEs, it is suggested that you pick any of the following in order to whet your appetite for Chemistry, should it need whetting.  Meanwhile, have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, as you will really have to get down to some serious work from September.

    If you are a sixth former already, just pick books that you fancy.  Adding depth to your knowledge of the subject can only look good in interviews.

    The Chemistry Department extends its gratitude to Ms. Wright and to Mrs. Petty for kindly agreeing to stock many of these books in the Fuller Memorial Library.

    Please note, too, that this reading list is of value throughout the Chemistry A Level course.  It is all good, enriching stuff.

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      Recommended books include:

      The Periodic Kingdom: A journey into the land of the chemical elements, Peter Atkin, (Basic Books)

      Elegant Solutions- Ten Beautiful Experiments in Chemistry, Philip Ball, (RSC)

      A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, (Black Swan)

      Extremes, Kevin Fong, (Hodder and Stoughton)

      A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking, (Bantam Press)

      Why Chemical Reactions Happen, James Keeler and Peter Wothers, (OUP)

      The Dating Game- One Man's Search for the Age of the Earth, Cherry Lewis, (CUP)

      The Chemistry of Life, Steven Rose, (Penguin)

      The Chemistry of Fireworks, Michael Russell, (RSC)

      The Lunar Men, Jenny Uglow, (Faber and Faber)

      Interesting A Level Chemistry text books might be useful, too.  These include:

      A Level Chemistry, Eileen Ramsden, (Stanley Thornes)

      Advanced Chemistry for You, Lawrie Ryan, (Nelson Thornes)

      Chemistry, Chris Conoley and Phil Hills, (Collins).  Currently in its third edition, this has been chosen as the course text book, a copy of which is lent to each student of A Level Chemistry in the sixth form.