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Advancing Physics: A2 Student Book Second Edition: Student Text Book [Paperback]

Jon Ogborn , Rick Marshall , Ian Lawrence
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14 May 2008 0750307811 978-0750307819 2nd Revised edition
The A2 Student Book deepens understanding of crucial ideas to prepare students for further study, and provides further opportunities for personal involvement and individual initiative.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750307811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750307819
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 1.7 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By CCricky
Despite the fact that I have my final exam for this course in two days, I think its right that I take the time to review this textbook. Although a lot stronger that the AS book, which frankly isn't worth using to wipe your arse with, it is a pretty poor attempt at teaching physics. It does has some very good summary boxes in, however these fill up about 5 pages of the 280 page book, of which you have to tortuously sift through to find the good sections. I think you're best bet with this book is to burn at and observe the result - you'd probably learn something loosely about physics that way.
Overall, this book is perfect at showing everything wrong with physics at a level these days. It is so watered down with so little actual content on the syllabus, that instead you spend hours reading waffle, such as my personal favourite quote: "brownian motion paths look like tangled wool attacked by a demented kitten." (page 107). You then get exams that are near impossible to revise for, as your mark is based on luck of how many obscure marking points you manage to get, that are either completely absent from your textbook, or completely irrelevant to the small amounts of actual physics you have learnt. Your best bet is do past papers, read revision notes posted on online forums and use your teacher's notes (after they too have abandoned this book). Please please please, save this £21 - you can spend it on the resit costs after you get set an exam with no resemblance to the minute amount of content that you are taught from from the syllabus. Bring on university, which will be my first experience of studying physics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr Adam Sutton 25 Sep 2012
By Adam
This book is almost completely useless for learning from! It is full of history yet it is hard to find the physics that your supposed to be learning. Buy the CGP book, its much much better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disgruntled Student 22 Mar 2012
As a student who is currently studying this course and having to use this book, I'm not impressed. The book feels like it has been carelessly thrown together, and unless you are very qualified in physics already, you will not understand the content, due to the total lack of order in which it is presented. There are paragraphs and paragraphs wasted on irrelevant information, that, although some of it is interesting, benefits the reader in no way whatsoever.

Allow me to present you a quote from the book: 'The battle between gods and demons is a central theme in Hindu mythology. At a banquet of the gods, the demon Rahu stole a sip of the elixir of eternal life. Seeing this, the Sun and Moon reported him. The god Vishnu decapitated Rahu and threw his head, which had gained eternal life, up into the sky. Rahu's head chases the Sun and Moon across the sky, occasionally swallowing them before they re-emerge from his throat'

Although this is genuinely an interesting story, I am studying physics, not Hindu mythology, and it's the paragraphs like this that are abundant throughout the entire book that just seem pointless. I understand that it's nice to have an understanding of the background behind scientific discoveries, but this just seems totally unrelated and irrelevant. The main pieces of information that you require for the exam are hidden within long chunks of prose, making it very hard to extract the information.
Some of the diagrams within the book are ok, I will give it credit for that. However, other diagrams are poorly designed and badly explained, again requiring the reader to be fully competent with physics before reading it to be able to understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars an extremely flawed book 14 April 2012
By flichy
I tried to use the book but it is riddled with the history of the physics and, albeit interesting, it is very useless and frustrating when you're trying to revise. my teacher agrees that it is a poor book and tries to avoid using it. the important information is supposed to be in the yellow boxes but it requires you to read pages and pages of history before it very unclearly mentions what is in the syllabus.

I would definitely not recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The second volume in this desperately flawed A level course. Many of my objections to this course I've put in my review of the AS companion volume. It is verbose, confused and badly organised, hiding fundemental corner stones of physics such as Gravitation within chapter titles like 'Out into Space', or 'Our Place in the Universe', with the physics mixed in with history and technological applications in a way which is very hard to learn from. It is marginally better than the AS in that the 50 authors (presumably so many to reduce the probability of assassination) have been forced to start including some equations within the body of the text as opposed to just confining it to the adjascent coloured boxes, so the link between these two information streams is a little tighter. The choice of subject matter and the balance of the book is bizarre in my view. For example in CH17 ('Probing deep into matter') the authors have introduced Feynman diagrams of all things! I have a doctorate in particle physics and, with all due respect to a subject which lies very close to my heart, it is idiotic and not useful to bother students fresh to physics with such material *before properly teaching the fundementals of the subject*! It is like giving a learner reader Anna Karenina: it just wastes their time. The assumption is that only by introducing these complex notions can a student be induced to remain interested: in my view that is utterly false - physics taught at any level can be made exciting. The book skates over topics with such little depth as to place a real burden on any teacher who desires to properly prepare their students for university level physics which, while that might not be the need of all the students taking the course, by definition it must be at least one objective of it. Read more ›
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