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    I'm looking for some books, videos or websites that start with the basics of biology chemistry and physics. Stuff that doesn't expect the reader/viewer to have much prior knowledge of the subject.


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    Hi Buster and welcome to the forum. Could you give us an idea of the age level for the material you are seeking please.


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    just get edecxel/ocr as level and a2 level chemistry, physics, biology books; they cover the basics
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    Hi Buster and welcome to the forum. Could you give us an idea of the age level for the material you are seeking please.
    Preferably something for an adult.

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    just get edecxel/ocr as level and a2 level chemistry, physics, biology books; they cover the basics
    Thanks, I was looking at those earlier. This one seems quite useful: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edexcel-GCSE...dexcel+science
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    gcse is wayyyy too basic. how old are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bio View Post
    gcse is wayyyy too basic. how old are you?
    18, but I wasted my school science lessons and remember nothing.

    Those look great. Thanks!
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    This will look like I'm a book promoter for my old tutor again but as far as chemistry goes if you want a basic introduction that reuquires no prior knowledge these may be worth a look:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Periodic.../dp/0465072666
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Chemist...s=peter+atkins
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    Quote Originally Posted by bio View Post
    gcse is wayyyy too basic. how old are you?
    I'm guessing the AS/A2 Level books will expect GCSE Level knowledge. Unfortunately I don't have that. If I'm wrong about the books, please tell me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
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    gcse is wayyyy too basic. how old are you?
    I'm guessing the AS/A2 Level books will expect GCSE Level knowledge. Unfortunately I don't have that. If I'm wrong about the books, please tell me.
    Yes you are correct AS/A2 is A level or half A levels. If you are really looking for adult beginner levels for learning from scratch then GCSE level could very well be a good starting place. It's aimed at the 13-16 age range, but it should give you the basics, after all nobody can just jump right into degree level subjects without some prior knowledge that would be crazy.

    Hey this site might help as it gives you a choice of both GCSE and A Level study for whatever you feel most comfortable with:

    GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website
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    the gcse science books have a lot of mistakes and/or are too simplified that it is just wrong. get the a lvl books and if you dont understand a topic you can always search the internet. if you want reallly basic gcse stuff you can always use gcse bbc bitesize anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by bio View Post
    the gcse science books have a lot of mistakes and/or are too simplified that it is just wrong.
    As far as chemistry goes (I have no experience studying or teaching the others) I would say exactly the same thing about A level books and even parts of a first year undergrad course! These "too simplified" things are presented for a reason. You can't hit kids or people who have no prior knowledge with hard core thermodynamics and QM (for example). The simplified approach in GCSE and A level books is necessary to get across the basic ideas, if you go no further you have a rough idea of what's going on (if a little inaccurate in the fine detail) if you do go for further study, understanding of the simplified version helps the understanding of the more complex ideas with fewer simplifications. You would find it very difficult to "get" molecular orbital theory for example from a standing start if you hadn't already studied the very simple Lewis dot/cross bonding ideas or valence bond theory...
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