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Textbook and Study Guide

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My teacher told me that an IB study guide would be very helpful going through Chemistry and I started looking online for a book. But, when I look on Half.com, there are two books for IB Chemistry, a course companion made in 2010, and a study guide made in 2007. I was wondering which is the better one to get in order to study for the IB exam and assist with explaining concepts. I am not sure what the differences are between the course companion and the study guide, so I need to know which one is better to buy. If it helps, I'm taking SL Chemistry and the teacher is very good but there are a few topics where I need to refresh on from Chemistry I (Sophomore Year).

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Buy the revision guide it is concise and brilliant. Admittedly if has a few spurs of missing elementes from the syllabus but is so much more of an efficient way to revise than the companion guide. The companion guide for bio and chem are in my opinion dull and very long winded. I suggest therefore : SYLLABUS, REVISION GUIDE and REFERENCING FROM INTERNET or another book such as the pearson baccalaureate one which is heavenly. DO as I say and you'll be top notch. This is for learning the stuff after this you'd have to past paper'it' like a BITCH :)

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Well the problem isn't really learning the topics and concepts, like I said, I have a really good teacher. It's just that there are a few topics which she expects us to remember from Chem I which has been a year since I took it so its not really fresh in my mind (Like Redox Chemistry). I'm mostly "worried" about the IB exam as it's hard for me to prepare for a test where I don't know what I should be expected to know. It's pretty much just "know everything."

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If you're worried about the exam (and you should be), get the study guide. Basically:

Course Companion: it teaches you the concepts in detail. some books may be a bit complicated, so you might need teacher assistance.

Study Guide: summarized version, usually with the assumption that the reader has learned the concepts but may have forgot. useful for exams.

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Just got my books for IB2 including a CD with all of the option topics on it. I don't think that learning off a CD will be very easy/beneficial so what books did you use for your option topics in chemistry?

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hi everyone!

i just started chemistry HL and our teacher wasnt really specific on the textbooks we ought to use (he would just give us notes O_O.....)

he mentioned the Damji-Green text book and Neuss study guide but i'm still really unsure on what i ought to get

any suggestions guys? I'm not the biggest chem genius out there, so ones with decent amount of practice questions should be good

im totally down for getting more than one textbook, cost isnt first priority.

Thanks!!

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I'd get the Neuss Chemistry Course Companion :console:

Unless anybody can recommend a better one, I believe the Course Companion is the standard textbook for people. It's generally pretty good and it's comprehensive. Not many practice questions but to be honest you should be using past papers for practice anyway -- you want to practice exactly the IB format!

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The Course Companion by Geoffrey Neuss :console:

It's got the main course and the options at the back. What's not to like? :P

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pearson Baccalaureate. The best! Awesome content and awesome questions. Downside you might find it can be expensive I got mine for just under 40 dollars

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I am having the green-yellow textbook from IBID by John Green & Sadru Damji. My teacher said that this book is good. A friend of mine said so. I have everything in form of a CD (from the textbook itself), but I am not sure if it is legal to upload it here for you guys to download.

I also have the green-blue IB Study Guides Chemistry for the IB Diploma from Oxford by Geoffrey Neuss. My teacher always tells us to refer to this study guide when studying for tests, so I guess it's a good one.

I do not know if I am just way too stupid or what; but I find some of the questions in the Green&Damji textbook hard. Those two that I have are good books, I believe. You might want to get them :P

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pearson Baccalaureate. The best! Awesome content and awesome questions. Downside you might find it can be expensive I got mine for just under 40 dollars

I second that!

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I think pearson Baccularate is the best, and Neuss guide is also a very good one. We are now using both peason Baccularate and IBID book, and i can say that Pearson is much better in images, questions, way of explaination. IBID book has many mistakes on questions and it is a bit complicated to read, and it has no much real world images.

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I find that the Companion Guide usually doesn't give very good explanations. But then again, when I read it I'm usually clueless about the concepts and am in the process of teaching them to myself. If you're teacher is already awesome (you're so lucky!!) and you already know the concepts, I'd still recommend the study guide anyway since it's compact and quick. Also, the companion guide doesn't have many practice questions. Well the study guide doesn't have that many either, but if you're teacher provides you with a lot of practice it should be fine either way.

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I find that the Companion Guide usually doesn't give very good explanations. But then again, when I read it I'm usually clueless about the concepts and am in the process of teaching them to myself. If you're teacher is already awesome (you're so lucky!!) and you already know the concepts, I'd still recommend the study guide anyway since it's compact and quick. Also, the companion guide doesn't have many practice questions. Well the study guide doesn't have that many either, but if you're teacher provides you with a lot of practice it should be fine either way.

Well the thing about the course companion, is that it contains EVERY little detail, where as the study guide reviews and generalizes everything. I personally think that is better to get them both, and use the companion for the two years. And when you have a test or the exam, use the study guide to quickly skim over and review. In the end, they are both good books.

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As I have said in previous threads with the same question. The course companion for chemistry is not worth getting, where as the study guide is. Some of the sections in the course companion are just copied from the study guide with a bigger font and some useless information.

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I know that course companion is a detailed summary for the book, and the study guide is the summary for the course companion and the book. Study guide contains, all the information you need to know, by small points. If you are reading from the book, then to use the study guide will make it easy for you to revise, retain information.

If you want to buy..... i advise to buy:

A book: IBID or Pearson Baccularaate.

A course companion: Oxford or Cambridge.

A study guide: Neuss oxford study guid

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What do you think is the best book to use for SL Chem?!

Im using pearsons but i'm getting sick of it.

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The three most popular books for chemistry IB are:

*Chemistry Course Companion

*Pearson Baccalaureate Chemistry

*Chemistry Study Guide

I used the course companion and ended up getting a 5 for SL Chem. A couple of friends went to the study guide and found it great for revision but not for understanding concepts. The pearson bacc. one is really complete, but if you´re sick of it, try to switch to the study guide which is short and to the point, u won´t get tired of it! good luck!

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Really for me pearson, is difficult to understand, it has much of vague information, I started to love IBID (I am using the both), you can look at ibid, really a nice book. Even the questions are good, make good revision and also challenging.

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Really for me pearson, is difficult to understand, it has much of vague information, I started to love IBID (I am using the both), you can look at ibid, really a nice book. Even the questions are good, make good revision and also challenging.

What does IBID stand for?

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Really for me pearson, is difficult to understand, it has much of vague information, I started to love IBID (I am using the both), you can look at ibid, really a nice book. Even the questions are good, make good revision and also challenging.

What does IBID stand for?

It is only the name of the publisher, i think it stand for something, but i do not know for what..

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I started with the course companion, but I found it hard to understand, not engaging, and I just didn't really like it.

Then my class switched to the swirly purple-y pearson book and I found that much better, much easier to understand, I liked how at the end of the chapter it had past paper questions to test yourself on. The big downsides are that it doesn't come with the options (our teacher just gave us photocopied sheets so it wasn't much of a problem) and it can be a bit too simple and miss some stuff or not give adequate explanations. Also, there are plenty of mistakes in the book, especially with the answers to questions that they give.

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BEST IB CHEMISTRY BOOKS EVER are the ones written by Lanna Derry ( Published Pearson Aus) . They are extremely comprehensive and explain in a way that is easy to understand. Book are in colour and has lots of diagrams and end of each chapter has revision questions as well as a topic test that has real IB Chemistry questions

The books are written by an Australian IB Teacher and is the books used heavily at Victorian IB Schools such as MLC, PLC , Carey , St Leonards and Wesley

You get a gauge of the depth considering there are 3 books to cover the whole course and each both is about the length of the Neuss Course Companion and they are much easier to understand than damjii and green and all questions have worked solutions on the CD ( most valuable asset of them all)

The three books are

IB Chemistry for the IB Diploma Standard Level

IB Chemistry for the IB Diploma Higher Level

IB Chemistry for the IB Diploma Options

NOTE each book covers the area of syllabus listed, hence if you are study HL you would need to buy both the SL and HL Book. IMO you don't need the options book. Just persuade your school to purchase a copy and read from it as you only require two of the options.

But yes they are amazing books so I would recommend you check them out

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Hi I'm new here. We just had mock exams and I did really poorly :). I've forgotten most of my past material and would like to catch up. What do you guys think is the best textbook/website to relearn everything? I have the IBID textbook from John Green and Sadru Damji, and the study guide. Should I buy anything else?

edit: nvm just read the thread >.>, I'm going to get pearson. Can anyone tell me if I need to get both SL and HL if I'm in HL.

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Hi I'm new here. We just had mock exams and I did really poorly :). I've forgotten most of my past material and would like to catch up. What do you guys think is the best textbook/website to relearn everything? I have the IBID textbook from John Green and Sadru Damji, and the study guide. Should I buy anything else?

edit: nvm just read the thread >.>, I'm going to get pearson. Can anyone tell me if I need to get both SL and HL if I'm in HL.

just the HL one

it has everything

literally the best book out of all the chem books

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