“Novare General Chemistry is another successful text by John Mays. Lots of colorful, attractive and intriguing illustrations capture students’ attention and aid in presenting ideas. Enthusiastic and captivating narration gives both the technical information as well as the historical development of ideas. The narration includes examples in everyday life to provide lots of connections for students to place and relate this new knowledge to their own experiences. The author is able to reach a range of students, those seeking basic, general knowledge in chemistry and those seeking a more serious foundation for a future science career. There are plentiful references to topics that a motivated student may pursue in more depth as he chooses. Proper scientific terminology is maintained with clear details of presentation leading to understanding, not just memorizing information…” [Read entire review here] – Dr. Carol Wells, PhD. in Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin 1989, homeschool teacher of AP physics and calculus.
“…These books fill a serious gap for homeschoolers for high school science. They are God honoring. They are written with high school students in mind. The concepts are clearly explained, but the language is not dumbed-down…” [Read entire review here] – Kathy Jo DeVore, Barefoot Ragamuffin
“…some students might find Mays’ approach more challenging. But if lessons are properly taught, the learning experience is more engaging and motivated.” [Read entire review here] – Cathy Duffy Reviews
“…Mays maintains a conversational tone in the book so that lectures are not needed, but presents the material more rigorously and more compatible with modern standard science texts than Apologia in using and explaining S.I. units, using modern terms like ‘quanta,’ and using the more correct, rigorous terminology like ‘energy’ rather than ‘heat.’ Overall, the big picture presented is so much more complete than what Apologia presents since it includes modern developments and proper, accepted scientific terminology. Exact vocabulary and terminology are an important aspect of science, which can be especially beneficial if a student is not encountering this exact vocabulary in their home setting…” [Read entire review here] – Dr. Carol Wells
“I appreciate Novare’s Physical Science book for its rich content, perspective on scientific discovery, and engaging style. Without a doubt it is my favorite textbook to teach and I am now eagerly awaiting your Chemistry book.” Kristi Cain, Oak Hill Classical School, Dacula GA
“The creators of this great curriculum have thought of everything. To read more visit this link for my full review.” Jalynn Patterson
“My students have been working very hard to master the Physical Science material. They are producing thoughtful answers to Chapter exercises, and diligently reviewing to keep old material fresh in their memory. I have made some adjustments to my teaching style and pacing. There is so much interesting content that it is easy for class discussions to go off in various directions. But that is a good problem to have. I think they are making a connection with the author, which enhances their learning.” Cindy D
“It has been my pleasure to have been a colleague of the author for many years. His enthusiasm for the subject and his passion for students to be able to understand it are evident in every page of his book Introductory Physics.
There are many attractive things about this book. The most obvious is its size. In addition to being easy to pack and carry around, students may find a less voluminous text less intimidating and more inviting. The choice of topics covered is appropriate for the intended audience, and the discussion of each lesson is thorough without being overwhelming. In fact, the almost conversational presentation of material is quite readable and enjoyable… rather a novelty in a physics text!
This book is also beautiful. Each chapter includes engaging photographs and informative inserts in a way that enhances the reading rather than distracting from it. The inclusion of relevant historical information adds context and an appreciation for the contributions of those who have come before.
This text also contains many examples of computations using a well-described step-by-step method, as well as practice problems at the end of each chapter. The calculations are progressively challenging so that by the end of this course, students are quite proficient in their computational abilities. Starting with conversions at the beginning of the year and ending with a sophisticated analysis of circuits… even the students are impressed with what they’ve learned!” Cathy Waldo, Regents School of Austin teacher
“I like reading the book because it’s like the author is right here talking to us.” 9th grade student using Introductory Physics
“We are thoroughly enjoying the Intro to Physics course at Annapolis! My 8-9th graders have expressed a desire for all of their classes to be mastery oriented after their experience so far, as they have come to recognize the value of learning material for long-term retention. They LOVED coming into their 1st semester final having had to barely study, only review, and complete the test with a class average of 86.” Diane Carter, Annapolis Christian Academy teacher
“This is not your father’s uninspiring encyclopedia of knowledge. It is wisdom which engages a new generation in conversational, bite-sized prose. At last, a science book which invites, informs, inspires.” Mary Sue Evans, Regents School of Austin parent
“The strength of the text book throughout is the conversational and first person narrative…essential equations are not left to stand on their own – derivations are explained and relationships are well detailed. I think it is immensely helpful to show how seemingly unrelated principles (gravitational forces and electrical forces) share some common mathematical principles. The text takes time to show how all the pieces of fit together rather than dumping them all onto the dining room table and letting the student sort it all out. I really appreciate the overall format. Too often (or at least my memory seems to recall) scientific texts emphasize compartmentalization of the topics which, to my way of thinking keeps all the concepts separate and unfamiliar. The text you have written maintains a forward momentum without losing touch with the concepts that have just been presented.” Jeff Niemeyer, Regents School of Austin parent
“Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry is an excellent book for freshmen in high school. The book is written in a very consistent and logical manner and it is mainly designed to train the student’s mind about applying a logical and systematic approach for solving problems.
It is not a secret that most of freshmen college students struggle in the STEM fields in general, and unfortunately a lot of times this struggle leads the students to abandon their dreams and pursue different careers. This struggle comes from lack of training in their high school years where the Cram-Pass-Forget cycle is inherited, due to school material that is designed mainly from the perspective of marketing and making money, rather than helping the student to actually learn and understand the material.
ASPC not only accomplishes the goal of providing the student with a solid STEM foundation, but most importantly, it does it from a Christ-Centered manner where the worship is refocus in the Creator rather than in the creation. I highly recommend ASPC as an excellent textbook that makes the experience of learning simple and joyful, and that my students found it as an excellent science introduction in their freshman year of high school.” Dr. Jorge Munoz-Burgos, Horizon Prep, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
“Novare beautifully lays out a solid accounting of modern science from a Christian perspective…[their books] interact with real world data and boldly discuss mainline scientific theory within the structure of a Christian world-and-life view. I wish I had these textbooks as a child, and am relieved that I can use them to teach my own.” Dr. Adam Schlecht