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Chemistry Books for High School Students

Below is a list of some great books and educational material regarding this subject. We have added links to an online US bookstore, should you need further information on these products. You can also copy / paste the name of the author or book into the search box opposite.

1. High School Chemistry Review (Princeton Review Series) by Nilanjen Sen, Paperback: 192 pages, Publisher: Princeton Review
If trudging through your textbook to study and complete homework assignments has become frustrating grind, then get ready for a smooth ride to higher test scores and outstanding grades with this book. It tells you straight, thoroughly explaining the important topics you’ll need to understand to prepare for quizzes and tests, complete homework assignments effectively, and earn higher grades. This guide, covers: *Chemical Terms & Definitions *Formulas & Equations *Inorganic Nomenclature *Ideal Gases & Kinetics *Solutions *Equilibrium *Acids & Bases *Thermodynamics *Electrochemistry. Since practicing your test-taking skills is just as important to getting good grades as knowing the material, we include two practice exams that feature the types of questions and problems that appear on in-class tests.

2. The High School Chemistry Tutor (High School Tutors) Paperback: 360 pages, Publisher: Research & Education Association
Intended for those taking general chemistry. Examples with step-by-step details specifically tailored for high school students are given under each topic. Included are thorough sections on thermodynamics, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

3. Kaplan Essential Review: High School Chemistry by William Yu Wang, Dana R. Freeman, Paperback: 304 pages, Publisher: Kaplan
To be competitive for college admissions, you need to maintain an excellent G.P.A. in high school, especially in core subjects such as chemistry. Essential Review: High School Chemistry uses targeted chemistry review, in-depth practice drills, and Kaplan’s proven strategies for performing well on tests, to help you develop the skills you need to get the chemistry grade you want. Increase your knowledge and understanding of key concepts, including Atomic Structure, Acids and Bases, Organic Chemistry, and Kinetics. Improve your test performance with 5 full-length chemistry tests that provide detailed explanation for every answer. Includes a practice quiz at the end of each chapter.

4. Let’s Review: Chemistry–The Physical Setting (Let’s Review: Chemistry) by Albert S. Tarendash, Paperback: 563 pages, Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series.
Here is a thorough review focused especially to prepare high school students to do well in introductory chemistry. The book gives special emphasis to the New York State Regents Chemistry exam, and covers all the materials contained in the New York State Regents Chemistry core. The author points out the structure and logic of chemical formulas and equations, reviews the phases of matter, atomic structure, chemical periodicity and chemical bonding. Other topics include organic chemistry, the mathematics of chemistry, thermodynamics, acids and bases, electrochemistry, kinetics and equilibrium, and more. A final chapter details procedures for laboratory activities. The book contains actual New York State Regents exams.

5. The Art of Teaching Science: Inquiry and Innovation in Middle School & High School by Jack Hassard, Paperback: 476 pages, Publisher: Oxford University Press
This book focuses on the preparation of science teachers as professional artists. This text emphasizes a humanistic, experiential, and constructivist approach to teaching and learning, integrating a wide variety of pedagogical learning tools. These tools involve inquiry, experimentation, reflection, writing, discussion, and interaction. Becoming a science teacher is a creative process, and this innovative textbook encourages students to construct ideas about science teaching through their interactions with peers, professionals, and instructors, and through hands-on, minds-on activities designed to foster a collaborative, thoughtful learning environment. The Art of Teaching Science is a science-teaching handbook designed for the professional development of middle & high-school science teachers. The experiential tools in the book make it useful for both pre- and in-service teacher education environments, easily adapted to any classroom setting. Profound changes in our understanding of the goals of science teaching-as evidenced by the emphasis on inquiry-based activities advocated by the National Science Education Standards -underscore the need to equip a new cadre of educators with the proper tools to encourage innovation and science literacy in the classroom. Providing meaningful learning experiences and connections with the most recent research and understanding of science teaching, The Art of Teaching Science sets the standard for the future of science education.