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on 25 November 2013
As someone who hasn't studied maths purely on it's own for 16 years and having tried a few other maths A-level books, in my opinion this is the best.

The authors take time to explain what is going on and the exercises allow you to steadily build confidence. Topics are covered logically, with knowledge from previous sections building together to inform the later sections. However, if you just want to jump in to a section and are reasonably familiar with the relevant concepts this is also possible.

On the Nelson Thornes website there is a list of specifications for AQA, Edexecl and OCR and how the book 'maps' on to those topics/modules. Be aware that this book just covers the core sections of A-level maths, it doesn't for instance cover mechanics or statistics, although if it did the book would be enormous!

Whilst this book is perhaps slightly more expensive that other core books available, to my mind it is worth it. For one the breadth is impressive, so your not having to buy multiple core texts. Secondly, as the topics are dealt with so well, you can use this single text rather than having to rely on explanations in different textbooks and having to cross reference the explanations to pick out the best.

This book is excellent for both A-level students, as long as you remember this just covers the core text, and for those wishing to learn A-level maths with little or no support or tuition.
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on 6 November 2013
Since maths is my favourite subject I thought I would buy a good to start self-teaching myself some of the hard stuff in maths (or in other words A-Level Maths) and I'm thoroughly enjoying this book. The concepts and topic seem to look very difficult, but for me maths is all about a challenge. For someone studying A-Level maths I think this book would really help. Why?

1. It's concise (it doesn't 't just show you some random worked examples).
2. It's got everything from C1-C4, which means that you won't need so many textbooks.
3. There are so many exercises, summary sections and exam questions for every topic.
4. It supports the Edexcel, AQA and OCR specifications.
5. It's written by two famous mathematics
authors who wrote books back in the 80s.

By the way, nothing in this book is easy and definitely not for the faint hearted!
If you love maths as much as I do, you will want this book! So what are you waiting for?
Add to basket and checkout!!!
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on 12 November 2014
I'm using this book to start preparing myself for (hopefully) starting undergraduate level mathematics in the near future. The book is clearly presented, with examples and exercises which take the reader through each topic in a progressive way. Each chapter has a mixed exercises section, which can be used as a self-testing exercise to find out which topics and sub-topics need brushing up.

There is a reasonable amount of drilling, though some of the exercise sections are a little brief and could have been extended for readers who really want to get up to speed, rather than just gain a conceptual understanding. On the other hand, some proofs are missing which would be accessible at this level, which is a little disappointing for the thorough student.
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on 9 October 2015
Great book, could do with a bit more explanation about each topic as it's very terse, but I suppose there's a lot of ground to cover. But I haven't got stuck on anything yet, lots of good questions to answer.
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on 13 November 2015
A bit lacking in teaching, it's often just a bunch of exercises with no prior explanation.
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on 30 December 2015
helpful book
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on 13 September 2015
Excellent
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on 12 January 2015
A great read!
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