What revision guide is recommended for AS Mechanics?

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So I'm in my first year of AS Mechanics and although I love pure maths, I'll admit I'm struggling slightly with getting the hang of Mechanics. So I'm looking around for a revision guide but there doesn't seem to be an awful lot out there. I'd preferably like this years course in notes and then some practise questions (as seen in some of the GCSE revision guides).

Having a look myself, the CGP book seems to be very popular. Is this a good company to go with? Or do they tend to over complicate things? If not this guide, is there a better or more recommended one to go with?

Thanks. :D

Posted Mon 7th January, 2013 @ 22:38 by Bexie

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CGP certainly are very popular and a lot of people find them really useful as they break things down well. however, i've never got on with them. i'd recomend trying to find one by your exam board if you want to get one. For me, asking my teacher is much more useful for maths, mechanics especially, as some of the ideas can be difficult to understand from a book. After you've spoken to your teacher use your textbook to find some example questions to make sure you understand. If it makes you feel any better me and my whole class found mechanics really difficult at the begining but it gets easier :) now we're all on track for 'A's. Hope this helps and good luck x

Answered Tue 8th January, 2013 @ 16:23 by sammy
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I'm so glad someone else doesn't get mechanics! I really can't grasp it - it just won't click in my mind! How do you answer questions and can anyone help with the graphs because I do not understand them at all.

Answered Fri 11th January, 2013 @ 17:23 by Joanne
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Mechanics does take some time to get your head around.

The CGP guides are OK...I think they're better for the pure maths modules (c1-c4) than the applied maths modules. I recommend you get a textbook endorsed by the exam board. I know they're not revision guides but they have plenty of questions in them and plenty of worked examples, which are very useful.

Answered Sat 12th January, 2013 @ 22:43 by usycool1
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Hm, thanks for your answers guys, I certainly will talk to the teachers but having that little extra, I figured would help.

I guess it just needs practise then. The problem with me, is that every time I do a question, I seem to get a different answer each time. One will be right and the other five are wrong. In an exam, I won't have the answers next to me, to know if I've come up with the right one or not. D:

I might try to find a text book then. I do have one already (provided by the school) but the teacher has literally copied (word for word) what the book says, to provide us with notes. It doesn't help much. I'd like a different take on the explanations, rather than two sources saying the exact same thing. xD

And Joanne, I'm glad as well. Let me know if you find anything that helps you? :D

As for the graph work, are you referring to the Velocity-Time grophs and so on, that are at the very beginning of M1? Or are you further into the course? If you check out http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/alevel/alevel.htm , chapter two in the Mechanics section, has a bit about graphs. I've only recently discovered this site, but it does help explain a little. (I'm keeping my eye out for other resources, I'll post here again if I find any. :) )

Answered Thu 17th January, 2013 @ 21:12 by Bexie
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Yeah I'm on to forces now, but I feel that I don't get anything really. And I do the exact same! I do a question, look at the answer, it's wrong, then I work my way through the question to get the right answer! But you can't do that in an exam which worries me :/

The website looks good, I'll try it and see if it helps :)

I use the CGP AQA mechanics revision guide (the new smart-looking ones) which is all right, but not many worked examples to give you a range of exam questions.

And likewise - if you find any resources or websites etc that help you, then let me know!

Answered Fri 18th January, 2013 @ 19:53 by Joanne
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with mechanics I think the best advice is first of learn from your textbook, and do past papers, i say this becuase the exams are RIDICULOUSLY similar to each other and by practising past papers you will get a feel for the type of questions you will get.

Answered Wed 30th January, 2013 @ 11:54 by Harry Anderson
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What exam board are you? That might help...

Answered Wed 30th January, 2013 @ 19:05 by Sam Keene