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2.0 out of 5 stars Give it a miss!, 12 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Advancing Maths for AQA: Statistics 1 (S1) (Advancing Maths for AQA 1st edition) (Paperback)
Really nothing to commend it - a very stodgy book; all in a black and white, with important derivations missing. Give it a miss and buy 'A Concise Course in A-level Statistics' instead, if you're happy to accept illustrations only in black and white. It has the advantage of covering virtually all of what you need for S1, S2 and some of S3. It provides full derivations of important results and as the title suggests, very concise explanations rather than mere waffle. Later editions are best, if you need coverage of box and whisker and stem-leaf plots. Otherwise, get a real bargain and go for the older editions.

In summary, a boring text-book, totally eclipsed by colour-illustrated ones, such as S1 Modular Maths for Edexcel, by Fiona McGill. Another drawback is that a lot of the questions are taken from exam papers well over 15 years old. Some are a lot more demanding than anything you're likely to get these days, especially those set by the old AEB exam-board. This could've been regarded as a plus point, had full details been given (exam board, year set). Without such details, however, weaker students might be put right off.

The authors really should have stuck to giving 'exam practice' exercise questions, set only by the AQA exam board, over the last 10 years, with full details of each question. Also, full solutions rather than just answers at the back, would've been very helpful to a lot of students. This approach has been adopted by the Edexcel's own course books, distributed by Heinemann, but is by no means new. The Collin's Educational, Advanced Modular Mathematics books (e.g. Pure Mathematics 2) written for the old University of London exam board, over 20 years ago, adopted this approach. Their book covering Further Mathematics (Pure Mathematics 3 and 4) must rank as one of the best available, regardless of price.

Despite the drawbacks, it is possibly the cheapest text-book available new and does cover the syllabus adequately, hence two stars, rather than one. NOT, however, recommended.
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