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    Jacaranda is the best i've seen in terms of content and presentation.

    If your after a study-guide, Excel is a lot better than Macquarie for Physics.
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    HSC Course Physics 2, by Jacaranda Sciences, well that's the one I use anyway

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    The best physics textbook

    Hey which physics textbooks out there are the best (for both prelim and hsc), in terms of answering all syllabus dot points and explanations are easy to understand? Im lookin to buy one for my younger sister =]
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    Re: The best physics textbook

    Check around the forums. Although I don't personally do Physics, some say that the Jacaranda book is pretty good.

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    Re: The best physics textbook

    Quote Originally Posted by Kujah
    Check around the forums. Although I don't personally do Physics, some say that the Jacaranda book is pretty good.
    There's no guarantee for Prelim textbooks to be good or not, not many people at my school used textbooks for prelim. We were however, given a textbook, I believe it was a McMillan textbook. Don't think I found that very useful at all. I stuck with my Excel study guide for Prelim. It wasn't too difficult.

    As for HSC, I definitely agrees with Kujah on that one. Jacaranda is the best physics textbook out there, which answers dot point clearly, it is easy to understand if you're willing it sit down and read it. Graphics and extra information is awesome in that textbook.

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    Re: The best physics textbook

    Don't know about prelim specifically, but for the HSC I highly recommend Jacaranda

    It had great clear explanations and also had some extra depth to broaden your understanding
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    Re: The best physics textbook

    This link at HSC Online lists all recommended textbooks for HSC and Prelim Physics:

    http://hsc.csu.edu.au/physics/teache...s_teachers.htm

    I have used both Physics 1 & 2 Jacaranda books. They are very good at addressing the dot points but in some places are not as rigorous as other text books. They both have really nice coloured pictures that certainly help with understanding (especially if you a visual person like me).

    Spotlight Physics 1 & 2 are pretty much summaries but also cover the dot points very well, but do not include a lot of explanation. These are best used in conjunction with something else (like Jacaranda).

    Excel books are summaries and good for reviewing and remembering things.

    Physics Context 1 & 2 (if I remember rightly) are also very good with the dot points and in some cases give far more detail than Physics 1 & 2 which can help with understanding.

    There is no 1 best book because they all have their strengths and weaknesses. The best thing to do is see what your school library has and use that for reference and pick another book to use at home (or if you are rich or planning to become a Physics teacher, buy all of them ).
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    Re: The best physics textbook

    Just voicing my support for Jacaranda!! Excellent book, <3 the 'dot point' contents page.

    Although Macquarie and MacMillan are good too.
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    Re: The best physics textbook

    my school uses macmillan. i have an excel..

    sounds like i should get a jacaranda. :\

    my school also says theres a "dot point" notebook which we should get, as it's really really good... ( sorry but i don't know the actual name. teachers just call it 'dot point notebook') =/

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    Re: The best physics textbook

    Quote Originally Posted by timlay
    my school uses macmillan. i have an excel..

    sounds like i should get a jacaranda. :\

    my school also says theres a "dot point" notebook which we should get, as it's really really good... ( sorry but i don't know the actual name. teachers just call it 'dot point notebook') =/
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    Re: The best physics textbook

    I would recommend Jacaranda, with other textbooks as supplementary texts to help with the understanding of concepts that aren't covered in as much detail in Jacaranda.
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    Re: The best physics textbook

    JACARANDA!!!

    in my opinion, excel isn't that great at all... =/ but the others you guys mentioned... such as macquarie, physics in context, macmillan, etc i think you could use on top of the very trust worthy jacaranda =]

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    Re: The best physics textbook

    Oh good. Cos I think the textbook my school gave me is Jacaranda. ... I think. *checks*

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    Re: The best physics textbook

    Quote Originally Posted by timaly
    my school also says theres a "dot point" notebook which we should get, as it's really really good... ( sorry but i don't know the actual name. teachers just call it 'dot point notebook') =/
    Lolz, it's actual name is 'Dot Point.' It's a book that has heaps of question so when you answer them they become your 'dot point' summaries!
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    Re: The best physics textbook

    Quote Originally Posted by timlay
    my school uses macmillan. i have an excel..

    sounds like i should get a jacaranda. :\

    my school also says theres a "dot point" notebook which we should get, as it's really really good... ( sorry but i don't know the actual name. teachers just call it 'dot point notebook') =/
    Macmillan's okay; Excel is okay.
    Jesus, just read the Macmillan and you can kick anyone's ass... but nooo, you have to buy extra books, and David Fan will still get to pwn you (though, it must be noted that he does a shitload of tutoring, and what worse than at that infernal JAMES RUSE!?!?!?).

    The book's name is "Dot Point", and heck is it pretty shit.
    The questions are alright, though... it's good practice.

    I have made use of Excel. In my personal opinion, it's not absolutely good, nor is it terrible.

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    Re: The best physics textbook

    I don't know if Macmillian has later editions, but the edition we were given (in conjunction with Jacaranda, thankfully) was rushed when the new syllabus was released and has lots of errors in the answers in the back.

    So far, Jacaranda is really good for me.

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    Re: The best physics textbook

    I've got a Longman Physics textbook, it's bulky, that's for sure.

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    Re: The best physics textbook

    Macquaire Physics HSC guide

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    Question Which Physics HSC study guide, textbooks etc?

    Hello guys, I was wondering if i could get any recommendations on some Physics study guides, textbooks etc for the HSC and Preliminary course.
    My school is taking orders atm for Excel, Macquarie and Dot Point study guides etc.

    Anyone had any experiences with these study guides?

    I've seen the dot point ones which are good for revision since they are packed full of questions. We get the 'Keep it Simple Science' stuff at school so that is covered.

    Thanks in advance and any advice is greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Which Physics HSC study guide, textbooks etc?

    Excel HSC Physics is at least an actual study guide, contains internet websites for you to check out and key points ... Excel HSC (insert any of my subjects here) are either just tiny little summaries or just better off being textbooks.
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    Re: Which Physics HSC study guide, textbooks etc?

    Hmm.... so i guess the general consensus is that Excel isn't that good then? Thats basically what ive been hearing whilst browsing around.

    How are the Macquarie stuff?

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    Re: Which Physics HSC study guide, textbooks etc?

    Maquaries's even better, I wish I got those

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    best physics textbook?

    what do you guys think the best textbook for physics is? one that explains everything well

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    Thumbs up Re: best physics textbook?

    Hello:wave:

    I think that, for a basic, so to speak, understanding of the physical pricipals, that Physics HSC course 2 (Jacaranda) is a good book and well organised with beautiful pictures, but, in saying that, Spotlight PHYSICS is a good textbook for a advanced understanding, but the down side is that its black and white. My school uses Physics context 1 (preliminary) and context 2 (HSC) for class but its probibalby best if you have more that one. Say, an advanced one (Spotlight, Context2- intermidiate) and one basic for reference ( PHYSICS HSC course 2 [jacaranda]) so that if you are stuck then you can see the basic understanding (but do mind you its not BASIC BASIC i.e. baby physics).

    All the textbooks for PHYSICS HSC are listed on this website
    http://hsc.csu.edu.au/physics/teache...s_teachers.htm
    and it also has a few resourses.

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    Re: best physics textbook?

    I recommend Jacaranda

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