Written for students taking either the University of Cambridge Advanced Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate examinations, this guidebook covers essential topics and concepts under both stipulated chemistry syllabi. The book is written in such a way as to guide the reader through the understanding and applications of essential chemical concepts using the problem solving approach. The authors have also retained the popular discourse feature from their previous two books - Understanding Advanced Physical Inorganic Chemistry and Understanding Advanced Organic and Analytical Chemistry - to help learners better understand and see for themselves how the concepts should be applied to solve problems. Based on the Socratic Method, questions are implanted throughout the book to help facilitate the reader's development in forming logical conclusions of concepts and the way they are being applied to explain the problems. In addition, the authors have also included important summaries and concept maps to help learners recall, remember, reinforce and apply the fundamental chemical concepts in a simple way.
Physical Chemistry: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table (13); Chemical Bonding (21); Ideal Gas and Gas Laws (14); Chemical Thermodynamics (16); Reaction Kinetics (18); Chemical Equilibria (17); Ionic Equilibria (22); Redox Chemistry and Electrochemical Cells (21); Inorganic Chemistry: The Periodic Table - Chemical Periodicity (20); Chemistry of Groups 2 and 7 (21); Introduction to Transition Metals and Their Chemistry (21); Organic Chemistry: Structure and Bonding (16); Isomerism in Organic Compounds (10); Organic Reactions and Mechanisms (15); Alkanes (7); Alkenes (16); Arenes (17); Halogen Derivatives (11); Alcohols and Phenols (13); Carbonyl Compounds (22); Carboxylic Acids and Their Derivatives (43); Amines (11); Amino Acids (13); Polymers (15); Important Organic Reactions Summary (19).