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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid if possible, 2 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Pure Mathematics 1 (International) (Cambridge International Examinations) (Paperback)
This book, along with it's sister books P2&3, M1, S1 etc are aimed at the CIE. My present job is teaching A level maths in China to Chinese students to whom English is an additional language. The approach of this book is far from international. It takes no account of the fact that many of it's readers will not be native English speakers. I have no choice but to use this book, as the school has already purchased it for the students. This together with the fact that there are few textbooks aimed specifically at CIE are the only reasons for using them. The CIE syllabus differs in a number of respects from UK based syllabi so a good textbook is needed. The language for a non speaking student is tortuous. The explanations are cumbersome and often unnecessary. I know it is good to have proofs etc but proofs per se are not examined at A level and the students can (and do) get bogged down with following the often poorly explained proofs presented here and miss the important points. There seems little logic in the order of the chapters, for example the chapters on differentiation are interspersed with unrelated topics. I find myself jumping form one chapter to another much later in the book, then back again. As previous reviewers have stated there are lots of mistakes in the examples and the answers, which is unacceptable considering the book is now in its second or later edition. The answers at the back are minimal, where a question asks for a diagram or sketch none is given and of course where the question is a proof or "show that" type, there is no response at all, which is of no use to students who self study. If, like me you have a job to do within a very short timescale (the international exams are held in early May) I would avoid this book and the others in the series. P2&3 is worse! Shop around there are much better books available. I can not recommend this book at all either for a class textbook or if you are studying alone.
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