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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes; New edition (21 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748782818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748782819
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 1.3 x 26.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Keith A. Moseley on 6 Sept. 2010
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This book is the AQA exam board's approved support text for the A2 section of its A level physics course. It is written by one of the stalwarts of physics textbook writing in the UK. As such it is very detailed and solidly mathematical as well as thoroughly descriptive. Formulae and algebra leap out of every page alongside solid sections of text. Not surprising, since A2 courses are meant to be more advanced in this respect than the preceding AS courses. However, the author's joy of deriving one formula from another can tend to take over a bit and a lot of this material is rarely directly tested in the actual exam papers.

The AQA A2 course consists of two examined units (4 and 5) and an Investigative Skills Assignment or ISA (unit 6T/X), which is an experiment followed by the test paper. The book covers the whole of unit 4, offers advice for unit 6 and covers the core of unit 5. However, unit 5 has topics, namely Astrophysics, Applied Physics, Medical Physics and 'Turning Points'(i.e. famous experiments/discoveries). None of these are covered in the book and materials have to be downloaded from a Nelson Thornes website called 'Kerboodle'.....and it isn't free. Having shelled out the thick end of [...] for this book it may come as a shock to discover that it is incomplete. To be fair, Kerboodle offers a lot more than just the topics as it has support materials for the whole book. It can also be argued that, as students only need to choose one topic for the exam, three quarters of the topic materials will be dead weight. Nevertheless, it feels unsatisfactory to have a book which is truncated this way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 7 Dec. 2013
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Despite my teacher's best advice, I still went ahead and bought this textbook as its the official AQA one for a start! To be fair, this book does contain some good explanations and diagrams to help with the more difficult topics in the course, but that is where the good points stop. There is a lot of unneccessary stuff in here. For some chapters there are 3 real world topics that do not teach you any of the essential physics that you will be tested on - it is like they are just trying to bulk up the book. Secondly, IT IS INCOMPLETE. There is nothing in here to teach you the option topics, which is absurd as they are one of your exams! I would 100% recommend getting the CGP "A2 Physics AQA Student Book" (it is nothing like the GCSE ones that are full of awful and pointless jokes) or the two books from Collins Education (there are seperate books for Unit 4 and Unit 5).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NVR on 22 April 2012
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Grammatical errors such as "...where m is the of liquid..." (should say mass between the and of) has crept into this book, as has mistakes in the answers at the back for the summary questions. My tutor agreed that they are incorrect. This kind of standard is unacceptable in a course such as this, where the actual standard for pupils writing the exams are relatively higher.

Additionally, there is no section for the optional modules of the course, which are required to be known for the exam. How can AQA endorse a book for their course, if it does not contain all the modules in its course?

I'd advise using more than this book as revision material for the course. Maybe online resources, or another book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. W. Garwood on 18 Nov. 2010
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Through my A-Level course I have had both the AS and A2 versions of this book and neither have satisfied me.

They are both usable but anything other than well written. Text is written in long hand english, which tends to waffle and make little sense. I found myself reading paragraph upon paragraph over and over. The ACTUAL exam-style questions have no answers and the summary question answers follow no consistent form.

This could go on . . .

Overall, I quote my teacher when I say "A wealth of textbooks is invaluable". So, if you're buying this book; to avoid misunderstanding purchase the CGP and Letts revision guides too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Parker on 31 Jan. 2015
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There are so many mistakes in this book. Apparently Uranium-238 is a fission product of Uranium 235 - NEWS TO ME!
Just the writing style is incredibly poor. It does not fill you with confidence and a lot of time it is difficult to read and understand.
The answers to the practice questions are not in the book! They have decided to put them online! Why can't there simply be a couple of extra pages containing the answers? I don't know. Not many 17 year olds are going to be bothered to open up kerboodle and go through all the complicated stuff just to get the answers.
The book doesn't really point out key definitions and doesn't even give some of those required. A lot of the information is also simply unnecessary and seems to be aimed at scaring people into feeling as though they don't understand.
The most scary thing about this book however is the cover! It appears to be a young boy on a skateboard (I assume they couldn't find anything more physics-y). However, on closer inspection, we find that the hand nearest to us is a grown mans hand and the one furthest away appears to be that of a female mannequin.
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