Is my textbook typical?
Topic: Extra homework for year 7 science
November 20, 2019 / By Gable Question:
I'm studying chemistry over the summer and just got a high-school level textbook. I believe it's the same textbook used at Hunter College High School (HCHS).
It's freaking pathetic. Pages 10-11 are half pictures, and page 11 is all about voting for federal science funding. There are large pictures on every page. The typeface is big, and the sentences are small. At the end of every page, there's a 'checkpoint' where they ask you about something you read two seconds ago.
Then there's this gem of a question:
Workers digging a tunnel through a city find a collection of ancient pots decorated with geometric designs. What task or tasks might they ask a chemist to do?
a. Determine the materials used to make the pots.
b. Explain what the designs on the pots represent.
c. Recommend how to store the pots to prevent further damage.
Or how about this:
Explain how knowledge of chemistry can help you be a more informed citizen.
What does that have to do with science? Is this really normal?
Here's the book. My tutor recommended it.
I skipped ahead to chapter 7. It's still mostly pictures.
Still, in all of the first chapter, very little is about chemistry.
I think they have a picture quota to fill, and most pictures have to follow a Diversity Formula. I haven't seen a white male yet, though to be fair I'm only flipping around.
Fortunately it's only a guideline. I'm working with a tutor and she was originally going to have me work through a college-level text, but it was a bit too dense for a first exposure. I'm using this book for simple explanations and extra homework...
Seeing this makes me very happy I decided against going back in to the system for high school.
Best Answers: Is my textbook typical?
Denis | 5 days ago
Seems as if it is the sort of school book I'd expect to find at primary school level (year 6 and below). I don't think it's uncommon to find these 'idiot guides to the politically correct and bleedin' obvious' being passed off as school texts -- just one of the reasons I couldn't go to school; just one of the reasons I was bored stupid when I did go to school!
Personally I prefer the IB textbooks...I strongly suspect you would get a lot more satisfaction from a text like those!
Click on the 'Table of Contents' and 'Index' buttons on the left ('sections') and compare what's included with what's included in your tutor's recommended text!
For instance: a typical question from the IB Chemistry textbook is:
The pK of propanoic acid at 298K is 4.87
a) Write the equation for the dissociation of propanoic acid, C2H5COOH, in water;
b) What is the value of Ka for propanoic acid at 298K;
c) Write the equilibrium expression for the dissociation of propanoic acid in water;
d) Calculate the pH of a 0.05 mol dm-3 aqueous solution of propanoic acid, stating any assumptions you make in arriving at your answer.
a) What will be the pH of a 3.00 X 10 -3 mol dm-3 aqueous solution of methylamine ?
b) If it is compared against 3.00 X 10-3 mol dm-3 aqueous solutions of ammonia and ethylamine, which of the three solutions would have the lowest pH?
I reckon you'd enjoy yourself heaps more and get heaps more out of having the opportunity to get stuck into questions such as these!
(I'd also, in an evil moment, like to know how many public school educated 15yr olds can come up with the correct answers, with their 'workings out' (just so I know they haven't just looked up the 'right answers' in a book) !!!)
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Yes it is typical for public school.
If you want a good science book try Apologia. They are written from a Christian perspective, and some people criticize them for that, but they are very sound scientifically, the Biology book even goes extensively into the theory of evolution (while also pointing out the holes in that theory).
The Chemistry text is excellent, and since chemistry is not really affected by one's world view or religion, the Christian element should not really be an issue.
You can see a sample Module at the website, and also view the table of contents. Since the sample module is the first, it is a basic introduction to the concepts you will need, I recommend also looking at the table of contents to to get an idea what is in later modules.
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Unfortunately, yes... Your textbook is very typical. In fact I've never seen a highschool chemistry textbook (or one of any subject for that matter) that doesn't look like yours. This is a big chunk of why I'm now homeschooled. If the material is too easy for you, you might consider using your textbook as nothing more than a guide... Something that tells you the order in which to learn the topics, and what the topics are to begin with, then go and do your own research at a local library, reading nonfiction books written for adults. So if you're supposed to learn about atoms in today's lesson, go to the library and find books about the discover of the attom, atomic structure, and so on. You'll get much better, much more useful and much more interesting information that way.
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The introduction and/or first chapter of most science books are a general introduction to the basic field, not to the subject itself. It doesn't look like a great textbook, maybe 8th grade level, but not much higher - try skipping ahead a few chapters.
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Originally Answered: INTERNATIONAL TEXTBOOK?
The difference is generally quality of materials used (cheap, thin paper, not hard cover) and black and white compared to color pages. I have been purchasing international editions since I college and didn't run into a single problem all through undergrad and still no issues to report in grad school.