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Maths for A Level Physics - updated edition

Author(s): Gareth Kelly, Nigel Wood

awarding body: AQA, Pearson, OCR, WJEC, CCEA

level: A Level and AS

isbn: 978-1-908682-91-8

subject: Physics

Pages: 192 pp




Updated edition to match the new A level specs taught from September 2015. Written by senior examiners, this full-colour course companion will help students develop a thorough understanding of the essential mathematical skills required in A Level Physics




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- Helps students understand how and why mathematical formulae work in physics and gives them the techniques they need to effectively answer the range of exam questions

- Provides lots of practical advice, exemplified by numerous physics questions, on how students can build their all-important mathematical understanding which is of great importance in the new A Level Physics exams

- Topic-based content starts from basic fundamentals and slowly builds skills and understanding, using physics problems as the key worked examples throughout

- Includes new content on sinusoidal functions, complicated graphs and complex numbers


- Detailed explanations within numerous worked examples help students understand the thinking behind each mathematical technique and how and when to use them

- Numerous test yourself questions provide plenty of practice and skill reinforcement

- Data exercises provide practice in using techniques to handle data and plot results

- Quickfire quizzes rapidly reinforce skills and understanding as a topic progresses

- Pointers provide hints for refining exam technique and avoiding common mistakes.

- The material has been mapped against the mathematical requirements criteria for all A Level Physics courses from AQA, Pearson, OCR and WJEC, CCEA, the International Baccalaureate, the Oxford University Physics Aptitude Test and the Cambridge Pre-U



Maths: Physics content Map
How to use this book
  1. Quantities, Units and Dimensions
  2. Basic Algebra
  3. Further Algebra
  4. Indices and Logarithms
  5. Geometry and Trigonometry
  6. Graphs
  7. Vectors
  8. Oscillations
  9. Fields
  10. Calculus
  11. Differential Equations
  12. Complex Numbers
  13. Miscellaneous Proofs and Derivations
Quickfire Answers


About the authors:

Gareth Kelly CPhys, MinstP, took a diploma in Ionospheric Physics before becoming a secondary school teacher and taught Physics at Penglais Comprehensive School, Aberystwyth for 26 years.  He has been involved with A Level and GCSE Physics and Electronics for a major awarding body for almost ten years.

Nigel Wood is an experienced Chief Examiner in A Level Physics for a major awarding body, and was formerly Head of Physics at Dulwich College, London.