Why study Chemistry
Chemistry is the Central Science. It is all about the molecules which are around us. It is about matter: specifically, how matter changes. Doing a degree in Chemistry will allow you to learn about why the things around us behave the way they do.
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Here you have a list of top 10 resources that we think you may find useful:
The BBC GCSE Bitesize website covers all of the important topics that you need to know for your exams, so it can be a good place to start your revision. It can be particularly helpful if you are studying science through the AQA, Edexcel or OCR exam boards, as it has sections specifically designed for each of these courses. However, as long as you can avoid unnecessary topics that is not covered in your syllabus, you can still find some useful videos, quizzes and other resources here to help you with all of your chemical questions.
Learn is another useful, video-based resource, where you can watch and rate videos on a wide range of different topics. The GCSE level videos cover many different topics, including ionic and covalent bonding, chemical reactions and the alkali metals. So if you want to cover a particular idea in your revision, you will probably find something useful here.
GCSE Science has some written notes covering important topics for chemistry students. This is a great site if you learn best when you take information by reading, and it might inspire you to write out your own color-coded revision notes. It will also be useful if you want to look up a particular definition or get a quick overview of a certain subject. It covers atomic structure and bonding, the carbon and nitrogen cycles and the use of crude oil, among other topics.
Chemguide is another site that provides written overviews of various topics, but the style is a little less colorful than GCSE Science. You can find help with topics ranging from atomic structure to the instruments that chemists use to analyse substances. Some of the sections are a bit advanced for GCSE level, so stick to the basic sections unless you want to see what A Level Chemistry looks like.
The CGP books website has some quizzes and games that you can use to test your understanding of some important Chemistry terms and ideas. You can check that you understand the differences between solids, liquids and gases, or test yourself on the different kinds of chemical reactions. This site is in the same style as the CGP revision books, but you don’t need to read them in order to benefit from the online resources.
Creative Chemistry is another good site if you want to test yourself on what you have learned. It is full or worksheets, quizzes and other activities covering most of the topics on the AQA syllabus. If you are studying the same topics for another exam board, these resources can still be useful, but make sure that you avoid any sections that aren’t covered in your course.
The S-Cool website can help you to revise all of the most important topics in chemistry, including the differences between acids and bases, the periodic table and how to balance equations. The site is set up so that you can learn about a particular topic and then test yourself. You can also find help here for other GCSE subjects, but the site is particularly strong on chemistry.
Chemistry Rules provides notes on many of the ideas you will need to understand for your exams. It also gives you the chance to test your equation balancing skills.
Web elements is an interactive Periodic Table where you can click on each element to find out more about it. The information provided is probably more than you need to know, as it covers the history of each element’s discovery. But this is still a useful resource if you want to explore the periodic table or find out more about the elements you are studying. Ptable is a similar site, but the links just show you the Wikipedia page for each element.
If you want to see some of the reactions that each element can take part in, Periodic Videos might be a better option. Each element in this periodic table is linked to a short video about its properties.