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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (19 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521530113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521530118
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.7 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Pure Mathematics 1 corresponds to unit P1. It covers quadratics, functions, coordinate geometry, circular measure, trigonometry, vectors, series, differentiation and integration.


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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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I decided to teach A-levels after completing my doctorate in the field of applied physics recently. My subject of choice? Maths and Physics, naturally. And the best way to get a refresher on topics covered in A-level math is, I thought, to wade through the endorsed text by Cambridge--big mistake! (yes, I'm surprised as well!)

There are so many weak chapters in Neil and Quadlings' books on Pure Math 1, 2 and 3, and some so pathetic; I just don't know where to begin my criticism.

To start, the authors' ability at explaining basic mathematical concepts are mediocre at best. In almost every chapter, I was left telling myself "Hey, this could have be explained with better clarity or solved with using less cumbersome methods". As a result, I constantly had to refer to the following undergraduate level books to supplement the books glaring weaknesses.

1) Calculus, A complete Course (Robert Adams)
2) Calculus (Michael Spivak)
3) Calculus 1 and 2 (Tom M. Apostol)

Although the aforementioned books were written for undergraduate and graduate students, each could easily explain topics covered in A-level with superior clarity and brevity.

Neil and Quadling on the other hand dumb things down so much (either that or they don't clearly understand topics like inverse function or transcendental functions e.g., ln and exp functions), it makes me feel dumb and frustrated reading their text. And it will make you feel dumb and frustrated as hell if you rely solely on their books. So for the love of sanity and mathematics, please get other books to supplement N and Q's pure math 1, 2 and 3.
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This is a recommended textbook for students who are studying for the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) A-Level in Maths. It has been written with that course in mind, and dovetails well with that course. It has worked examples, and a good number of questions for students to answer.

If I were to make a suggestion, it would be that there have been considerable changes to the course, and so it would be worth checking to see if there is a newer edition of this book, that dovetails better to the new course.
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I love this book, it helped a lot and can be understandable for foreigners easily, thank you for sending it!
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