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Edexcel AS and A Level Modular Mathematics - Statistics 2 Paperback – 24 Apr 2009
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Upon going through this textbook, I noticed that M2 seemed a lot shorter than M1. I realized that if you put the work in for M1, M2 will not be difficult, in fact I remember finding it less of a challenge than M1. As some of the other reviewers say, you will come across mistakes in this book. However, the very fact that you recognise those mistakes shows keen observation and good understanding of the topic - qualities which will help you out in the long-run. Why can I say this so confidently and give this textbook 5 stars despite the mistakes? The answer is I felt well-prepared when the exams came, and my module result for M2 (see last paragraph) was a testament to the effectiveness of this book.
My method of working through this book is to complete one section per day e.g. section 2.1 (chapter 2, section 1). Looking through this book now, there are 22 such sections, hence you could realistically prepare yourself for the exam in as little as 22 days (sooner if you do more than one section a day, which is by no means impossible). When I say 'complete' a section I mean the following:
1) Make notes on the information preceding the examples (basics required to do questions, requiring only a few minutes to learn)
2) Work through the following examples whilst covering the solution, then comparing your method/answer to the solution
3) The solution is explicitly detailed to help you understand the steps so you should now have a solid foundation to complete that section's exercise (e.g. Section 2.1 will contain Exercise 2A, Section 2.2 will contain Exercise 2B etc.)
Once all the sections are completed, push and prep yourself further by completing the mixed exercises and online papers (including Solomon and Edexcel papers). You will then be on route to achieving 90+ in the exam.
I used the above method for M1, M2 and all my other Maths and Further Maths modules, and met success with all of them. By the end of sixth form, the Mechanics modules turned from being my most hated modules to my most loved. So much so that I achieved 100% in both the M1 and M2 exams without resits, and I am now studying Mechanical Engineering at university (by no means am I intending to sound vain, I am simply trying to show that the above method works for anyone, and can go a long way). Please comment if you have any questions. Best of luck with your studies!
Like others in the series, it goes to great lengths to explain what to do, in the simplest possible way. Every step of the solution is shown for each example and the diagrams really are first-class. What's more, most of the answers given to exercise questions on each topic, appear to be correct, bar one or two discrepancies.
On the downside, Chapter 5, introduces the idea of concurrent-force solutions via a vector triangle, but there's no mention over the fact that this method isn't required for the exam. There's only one (albeit good) example over how to use this approach, when there ought to be several, because many students will really struggle with this. Secondly, some of the topics are explained very superficially: those really interested in the subject are bound to feel let down.
Another drawback is that there are too many exercise questions in each chapter; half would suffice. I reckon most students would loose the will to live at the prospect of doing them all and for some, it could end up killing off their interest in mechanics. Bright students would find a third of the exercise questions sufficient to develop their understanding of the subject.
If a later edition is printed, let's hope they bear this in mind. Please do away with the boringly repetitious mixed exercises; halve the number of exercise questions as a whole and incorporate an exercise for each topic of exam past-paper questions, with full details of these and solutions to go with them, rather than answers, at the back.
Overall, however, it is an excellent book, bearing in mind that its aim is to cover the Edexcel M2-syllabus, in an easy-to-understand way. In this, it succeeds brilliantly. If you find it difficult to follow, perhaps you should study another subject instead; may be mechanics isn't for you! In a summary: brilliant but stodgy.
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