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Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry has been developed by Kversity subject experts. Chemistry is the branch of science dealing with the study of matter, its properties, how and why substances combine or separate to form other substances, and how substances interact with energy. Many people think of chemists as being white-coated scientists mixing strange liquids in a laboratory, but the truth is we are all chemists. Understanding basic chemistry concepts is important for almost every profession. Chemistry is part of everything in our lives. 

Every material in existence is made up of matter-even our own bodies. Chemistry is involved in everything we do, from growing and cooking food to cleaning our homes and bodies to launching a space shuttle. Chemistry is one of the physical sciences that help us to describe and explain our world. The chemistry has three broad branches, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.

1.1 Everything is made of particles; 1.2 Solids, liquids, and gases; 1.3 The particles in solids, liquids, and gases; 1.4 A closer look at gases Quiz
2.1 Mixtures, solutions, and solvents; 2.2 Pure substances and impurities; 2.3 Separation methods (part I); 2.4 Separation methods (part II); 2.5 More about paper chromatography; The chromatography detectives. Quiz
3.1 Atoms and elements; 3.2 More about atoms; 3.3 Isotopes and radioactivity; 3.4 How electrons are arranged; How our model of the atom developed; The atom: the inside story; 3.5 The metals and non-metals. Quiz
4.1 Compounds, mixtures, and chemical change; 4.2 Why do atoms form bonds; 4.3 The ionic bond; 4.4 More about ions; 4.5 The covalent bond; 4.6 Covalent compounds; 4.7 Comparing ionic and covalent compounds; 4.8 Giant covalent structures; 4.9 The bonding in metals. Quiz
5.1 The names and formuale of compounds; 5.2 Equations for chemical reactions; 5.3 The masses of atoms, molecules. and ions; 5.4 Some calculations about masses and %. Quiz
6.1 The mole; 6.2 Calculations from equations, using the mole; 6.3 Reactions involving gases; 6.4 The concentration of a solution; 6.5 Finding the empirical formula; 6.6 From empirical to final formula; 6.7 Finding % yield and % purity. Quiz
7.1 Oxidation and reduction; 7.2 Redox and electron transfer; 7.3 Redox and changes in oxidation state; 7.4 Oxidising and reducing agents. Quiz
8.1 Conductors and insulators; 8.2 The principles of electrolysis; 8.3 The reactions at the electrodes; 8.4 The electrolysis of brine; 8.5 Two more uses of electrolysis. Quiz
9.1 Energy changes in reactions; 9.2 Explaining energy changes; 9.3 Energy from fuels; 9.4 Giving out energy as electricity; The batteries in your life; 9.5 Reversible reactions; 9.6 Shifting the equilibrium. Quiz
10.1 Rates of reaction; 10.2 Measuring the rate of a reaction; 10.3 Changing the rate of a reaction (part I); 10.4 Changing the rate of a reaction (part II); 10.5 Explaining rates; 10.6 Catalysts. More about enzymes; 10.7 Photochemical reactions. Quiz
11.1 Acids and alkalis; 11.2 A closer look at acids and alkalis; 11.3 The reactions of acids and bases; 11.4 A closer look at neutralisation; 11.5 Oxides; 11.6 Making salts; 11.7 Making insoluble salts by precipitation; 11.8 Finding concentrations by titration. Quiz
12.1 An overview of the Periodic Table; 12.2 Group I: the alkali metals; 12.3 Group VII: the halogens; 12.4 Group 0: the noble gases; 12.5 The transition elements; 12.6 Across the Periodic Table,How the Periodic Table developed. Quiz
13.1 Metals: a review; 13.2 Comparing metals for reactivity; 13.3 Metals in competition; 13.4 The reactivity series; 13.5 Making use of the reactivity series. Quiz
14.1 Metals in the Earth’s crust; 14.2 Extracting metals from their ores; 14.3 Extracting iron; 14.4 Extracting aluminium; 14.5 Making use of metals and alloys; 14.6 Steels and steel-making,Metals, civilisation, and you. Quiz
15.1 What is air?; 15.2 Making use of air; 15.3 Pollution alert; 15.4 The rusting problem; 15.5 Water supply; Living in space. Quiz
16.1 Hydrogen, nitrogen, and ammonia; 16.2 Making ammonia in industry; 16.3 Fertilisers; 16.4 Sulfur and sulfur dioxide; 16.5 Sulfuric acid; 16.6 Carbon and the carbon cycle; 16.7 Some carbon compounds; 16.8 Greenhouse gases, and global warming; 16.9 Limestone; Quiz
17.1 Petroleum: a fossil fuel; 17.2 Refining petroleum; 17.3 Cracking hydrocarbons; 17.4 Families of organic compounds; 17.5 The alkanes; 17.6 The alkenes; 17.7 The alcohols; 17.8 The carboxylic acids. Quiz
18.1 Introducing polymers; 18.2 Addition polymerisation; 18.3 Condensation polymerisation; 18.4 Making use of synthetic polymers; 18.5 Plastics: here to stay?; 18.6 The macromolecules in food (part I); 18.7 The macromolecules in food (part II); 18.8 Breaking down the macromolecules. Quiz
19.1 Chemistry: a practical subject; 19.2 Example of an experiment; 19.3 Working with gases in the lab; 19.4 Testing for ions in the lab. Quiz


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