Physics is one of those technical subjects that can be quite bewildering to students, especially as the prospect of examinations loom on the horizon. Many do view the subject as an adversary – full of equations and mathematics that, quite frankly, can make your brain hurt. Others enjoy the process and start thinking of themselves as physicists, excited at the prospects and opportunities the subject holds.
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With so many equations and formulas to contend with, any sort of revision book is always going to be helpful for those facing exams in the subject, and a new book from Brian Mills is well placed to help students gain a thorough understanding of the demands expected from them.
“Physics Calculations, for GCSE & iGCSE” is filled with scary calculations and explanations, probably aimed at students who have established a sound understanding of the subject. How do we know this? We asked a 15 year old to look at the book, as he prepares for his exams in the coming months, with his predicted grade at an A* level.
He told us, “It’s a really in depth overview of GCSE style formulas, and the diagrams and explanations are really helpful. It would be helpful to have exam style questions, and I have friends who would be overwhelmed by the detail and serious nature of the book.”
Remember, this book is written by a teacher and physicist, who clearly has a passion for the subject and a desire to support students working towards their GCSEs. The book does suggest that the first 6 sections are read in order to help explain some of the basics, such as power of 10, prefixes, significant figures and tips for answering Physics calculation problems. Beyond this, the book features a fantastic mix of questions and problems, which can support pupils as they get closer to their final examinations.
Physics Calculations for GCSE & iGCSE written by Brian Mills and published by Physics Education Limited is available from Amazon UK in paperback priced £7.99.