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1. Hello, I've been studying Further Maths for a few months now and we have only been supplied with one 'OCR' textbook that covers Matrices and Complex numbers. We are being examined on our first mechanics paper in January along with the Core1 unit.

The C1 Textbook is very helpful and well written but I'm struggling with this textbook for matrices. Does anyone know of another textbook I can use? For mechanics we have not been given a course textbook but one from an older specification and it seems more helpful and relevant in comparison!

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
2. I used this one and it was more than enough.
3. (Original post by nuodai)
I used this one and it was more than enough.
This is the one we have been given, our teacher doesn't seem to like it terribly. We have missed a few lessons due to inset days etc. and some of the poofs in this book don't make sense (to me at least) unless I work at them for a long time. It wasn't so bad for the matrices unit but now we have moved on to matrix transformations and we've had only one lesson.

I mean to say I understand I will find it difficult I just expected the explanations to be explanations and not expect many things to be left unsaid- its not easy to go through the book studying by yourself.
4. You can try the OCR MEI version for FP1. I took FP1 last year and it was a great text book.. However, I don't know how it differs from OCR FP1
5. Just so you know, this text goes into more depth than you actually need to, learn the basics, do some questions, do some practice papers, if you dont understand a question look for a solution in the textbook
6. (Original post by Kasc)
Just so you know, this text goes into more depth than you actually need to, learn the basics, do some questions, do some practice papers, if you dont understand a question look for a solution in the textbook
I think in another thread someone talked about it going into more depth, but there is no point studying the course for the sake of it- I feel that anyway. Its nice to know a little bit more and in that regard I like the book, its a shame though that the explanations are set out in a way that is difficult to understand.
7. (Original post by Killjoy-)
I think in another thread someone talked about it going into more depth, but there is no point studying the course for the sake of it- I feel that anyway. Its nice to know a little bit more and in that regard I like the book, its a shame though that the explanations are set out in a way that is difficult to understand.
I don't think you're likely to find much better to be honest. Mathematical proofs tend to take ages to read compared to other things; you just have to get used to them!
8. (Original post by nuodai)
I don't think you're likely to find much better to be honest. Mathematical proofs tend to take ages to read compared to other things; you just have to get used to them!
Ah, I guess so. Its difficult with other homework. Better get to it...
9. (Original post by Killjoy-)
Hello, I've been studying Further Maths for a few months now and we have only been supplied with one 'OCR' textbook that covers Matrices and Complex numbers. We are being examined on our first mechanics paper in January along with the Core1 unit.

The C1 Textbook is very helpful and well written but I'm struggling with this textbook for matrices. Does anyone know of another textbook I can use? For mechanics we have not been given a course textbook but one from an older specification and it seems more helpful and relevant in comparison!

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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