February updates 2017

A few updates (mostly to AQA notes). Some students have been asking for a practical revision guide. I will not be producing one at the moment. I took the decision to integrate the practical notes into the relevant chapters with the linked theory, and I think this is the best way to approach the practical material. The AQA paper 3 will be a combined practical and synoptic theory paper.

I have done some updates to practical material though, notably in 1.6 revision guide equilibria where I have included extensive notes on the practical measuring kc. This is not actually a required practical but it has been a favourite in the past on AQA practical papers. I have also included notes on solving equilibrium constant equations algebraically  which I think are going to appear on the new exams (although not with quadratic equations).

I have changed terminology in 1.2 revision guide calculations to use uncertainty instead of error.

The other chapters I have changed have been labelled with (updated February 2017)

I have also produced a aqa-mechanisms-a-level-summary for the new syllabus

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New Organic Chapters for e-textbook

I have created a few new chapters for the e-textbook on the year 12 organic chemistry content. Remember the e-text book is not tied to any one syllabus and has more detail than the revision guides. They all contain relevant questions (some of which are more demanding or more open ended than a usual A-level paper).

6.1. organic naming

6.1.5. isomerism

6.2. alkanes

6.3. alkenes

6.4. halogenoalkanes

6.5. alcohols

New Syllabus Revision Guides

If you are just starting your A-levels in September 2015 you will be doing new brand new syllabi. I have started the process of updating the revision guides to reflect the changes to the structure and content of the courses. The new AQA guides are now largely complete and I have posted them here. (There are two guides that are not quite complete but these will appear in the next couple of weeks.) They exist on the same page as the old syllabus guides which are still valid for present yr13 students.

The new OCR and EDEXCEL guides are not yet complete but I hope to be posting them before the end of the September. The old guides are still 95% useful for the new courses in the meantime.