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    I find OCR / MEI textbooks in Mathematics expensive and they also have a lot of routine exercises which I don't need. I was looking for something more compact and instead of buying four books on Mechanics (M1-4), I found a very good explanation of A-level topics in Ohanian Physics (university first year text). Now I am looking for something similar in pure mathematics.

    Can anyone recommend a book or two which cover the topics in Further Mathematics (FP1-3) and Mathematics (C1-4) syllabi at school or university first-year level?
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    This is the AQA FP2 textbook. Changing the 2 in the URL to 3 or 4 will bring up AQA FP3 and 4 respectively. Not exactly what you were looking for but at least its free.
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    Are you teaching yourself or do you have a teacher? MEI books are expensive but they're the only things that are going to be completely relevant to the specification...I get mine 2nd hand off amazon :p:
    If you're already confident with Pure Mathematics and want to stretch yourself just for the love of maths I'm starting on the Schaum's Outline Series:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Schaums-Outl...ef=pd_sim_b_10

    But wouldn't recommend those for learning for A-levels...just something I'm doing on Gap year :dontknow:
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    (Original post by Rubgish)
    This is the AQA FP2 textbook. Changing the 2 in the URL to 3 or 4 will bring up AQA FP3 and 4 respectively. Not exactly what you were looking for but at least its free.
    Thanks! I'll definitely use this.

    But the original question still remains.

    It's not a money issue, it's a combination of clarity/money/storage space/what do I get out of it. I am so happy with my chapters on Mechanics in Ohanian (it's concise and doesn't take a lot of space) that I would like something similar for core maths. Thanks again, anyway!
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    (Original post by skipp)
    Are you teaching yourself or do you have a teacher? MEI books are expensive but they're the only things that are going to be completely relevant to the specification...I get mine 2nd hand off amazon :p:
    I am teaching myself. I don't worry much about the books not matching the specification exactly. I used the specification, past papers and OCR (not MEI) textbooks to prepare for Maths and it went really well. I noticed that I don't do any exercises from the textbooks and only need the theory part. Now when I am starting to prepare for Further Maths, I thought why do I need to buy the school text books at all if all I am interested in is a bit of theory covering the topics I need. I considered buying second-hand textbooks, but it's still at least three of them and their language is quite patronising.
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    (Original post by lexinuk)
    I am teaching myself. I don't worry much about the books not matching the specification exactly. I used the specification, past papers and OCR (not MEI) textbooks to prepare for Maths and it went really well. I noticed that I don't do any exercises from the textbooks and only need the theory part. Now when I am starting to prepare for Further Maths, I thought why do I need to buy the school text books at all if all I am interested in is a bit of theory covering the topics I need. I considered buying second-hand textbooks, but it's still at least three of them and their language is quite patronising.
    I suppose everyone learns differently :giggle: I couldn't do maths exams without doing the book questions, although I think I prefer your method for just learning maths :p: the MEI books I'll admit were a bit patronising...and did need some support material if you were going to actually learn maths, rather than just pass exams. I find the same with physics, I need to use the textbook to know what I need to know for exams...but spend lots of time with sources from the library learning theory and application.
    I reckon using the OCR standard textbook (if it's cheaper) and getting the MEI specification are good ways to start again but like you I'd also be interested to see if there's another source anyone can come up with, I reckon it'd be more difficult to find a pure source than a mechanics source...but it'd be good to see
 
 
 
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