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20 Questions about C4 integration – A Book Review

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment

A while a go I got a copy of this fantastic little ebook authoured by Colin Beveridge
(@icecolbeveridge). The book is great and written in Beveridge’s usual style- accessible, witty and very informative.

The book covers integration. IT is based on the current Edexcel A Level spec and covers all the integration you need to know for that specification, not just the bits that are solely in that module. There are some handy mnemonics, some really clear and concise explanations and some very funny quips.

The book would work really well as revision guide, and is something students can dip in and out of if they are having trouble with a particular aspect of integration. I think the section on which integration to use is perhaps the most handy bit of the book.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book as a companion to anyone studying integration, but it should be used as that, a companion. It is written in a way to review stuff already learned and add clarity to areas you are struggling on, rather than as a book for the original teaching of the subject.

I hope Colin is planning an update for the new syllabus, and I would also love to see print copies available.

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20 Questions about C1 – A book review

February 12, 2014 Leave a comment

20 questions about C1 is an Ebook from Flying colours maths’s own “Colin Beveridge”. The book is a revision/help guide for pupils studying Edexcel A Level Maths C1. It is written in a way which takes students logically through the sticking points of C1 and gives plenty of help on the understanding of the topic, and plenty of little tricks and mnemonics to help them remember stuff in the exam. The book explains things brilliantly, and in a way that is humorous and engaging. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud at a revision guide before!

My only slight criticisms of the book are that on a few occasions, i.e. transforming graphs and dividing fractions, the help is constrained to the “how” of it, with not the why. And that Colin dismisses completing the square as pointless, but I feel that it is great for explaining the quadratic formula, is useful for seeing if a graph has real solutions and has its uses for higher level polynomials for those who go past A Level.

Colin and I differ on our opinions on the best way to complete the square, but his explanation of the equating co-efficients method is superb.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with any of the topics involved in C1 then I would certainly advise buying a copy for your kindle. It is far better than any of the other C1 revision guides I have come across, and would be worth the money for the jokes, or the story of “bad guy x”, alone!

You can buy the book here.

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