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    Re: best physics textbook?

    I hate jacaranda:mad1: Like physics in Context better, or what's even better are first year uni textbooks
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    Physics Textbooks

    Hey,

    I'm doing Physics as one of my subjects but as yet do not have a textbook. What do people here consider the most comprehensive textbook or consider the best? Alternatively, any information on other physics related texts which offer supplementary material? (I'm probably doing Medical Physics as my elective)
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    Re: Physics Textbooks

    *sigh*
    How many times have "which textbook is best" threads been made?

    jac > context > surfing > kiss > mac > excel > excel in a month

    There I summed it up. Use the search function for more details.

    *note kiss and surfing don't have notes on Med Phys.

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    Re: Physics Textbooks

    in my opinion
    jacarada is the best, followed by excel, macmillian is alright but the one i have is outdated and the only good thing about macquarie is the diagrams.
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    Re: Physics Textbooks

    Jacaranda is pretty good
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    Re: Physics Textbooks

    I use a combination of Jacaranda, HSC Online and KISS.

    Also have Macquarie and Excel which i use occasionally.

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    Physics Books to buy

    Should i buy the excel year 12 physics book for $25 in my school

    will that be enough plus wateva my school gives?

    do i need to buy more and which one
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    Re: Physics Books to buy

    Honestly you really need one text books as the rest generally supply the same information in different ways. In my opinion Jacaranda is the best physics book so if your school suppliesyou with that, then that's sufficient. However, you'd probably be best off investing in a HSC dotpoint book for physics.
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    Re: Physics Books to buy

    Go with Jacaranda.

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    Talking Re: Physics Books to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by henry08
    Go with Jacaranda.
    I second, Jacaranda's awesome. Helped me come 1st in half yearlies.
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    Re: Physics Books to buy

    What about Spotlight Physics?

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    Re: Recommended Texbooks/Study Guides for Preliminary HSC?

    What's the best textbook for HSC Physics? My friend just called me and wants to know what to buy. (EXCEPT Jacaranda Physics as it will be supplied by school). Immediate answer will be really appreciated.

    Thanks guys.

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    Re: Recommended Texbooks/Study Guides for Preliminary HSC?

    Quote Originally Posted by lyounamu
    What's the best textbook for HSC Physics? My friend just called me and wants to know what to buy. (EXCEPT Jacaranda Physics as it will be supplied by school). Immediate answer will be really appreciated.

    Thanks guys.
    Physics Contexts (Longman) is probably your best bet.
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    Re: Recommended Texbooks/Study Guides for Preliminary HSC?

    Quote Originally Posted by lyounamu
    What's the best textbook for HSC Physics? My friend just called me and wants to know what to buy. (EXCEPT Jacaranda Physics as it will be supplied by school). Immediate answer will be really appreciated.

    Thanks guys
    Jacaranda would be the best - but since you're being given it - just use that? It should be enough in my opinion.
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    Re: Physics Books to buy

    excel and jacaranda are pretty good for studying alongside whatever you are learning in school
    cant go past dot point and past papers for studying for hsc though

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    Re: Recommended Texbooks/Study Guides for Preliminary HSC?

    Quote Originally Posted by lyounamu
    What's the best textbook for HSC Physics? My friend just called me and wants to know what to buy. (EXCEPT Jacaranda Physics as it will be supplied by school). Immediate answer will be really appreciated.

    Thanks guys.
    I reckon Spotlight Physics would be great.

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    Re: Which Physics HSC study guide, textbooks etc?

    dotpoint physics is an awesome study guide. its got more questions than youll ever need, plus answers (including long response answers) and summaries on each unit. it may not have all of the electives tho (i think it only has quanta to quarks which i dont do) but its worth getting just to revise with.

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    Re: Recommended Texbooks/Study Guides for Preliminary HSC?

    JUst wondering the order of texbooks in terms of which would best supplement Physics in Context 2 and Jacaranda 2.

    The books im considering atm are Spotlight and Macmillan. Would anyone care to say which one is better?
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    Re: Best physics textbook...

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian.
    Hi, I know this is an open ended question but what is the best physics textbook? I'm going to be doing physics by distance ed. so one with good explanations would be good. Than you in advance.
    Jacaranda is gud 4 most sections but in some sections it goes on abt very interesting stuff that we dont really need. i can recommend macquarie physics as a bare minimum standard book. helps with some dot points. Get smart physics sucks its explanations in comparison to jacaranda are pretty crap. excel physics tyhe new one is pretty gud.
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    Re: Which Physics HSC study guide, textbooks etc?

    Dot point Physics is brilliant

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    Re: Recommended Texbooks/Study Guides for Preliminary HSC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charity F
    erm

    i've heard the chem one isn't too good
    soooo that lessens cred for the phys one
    but check it out, i suppose

    the most useful textbooks/studyguides for me have been
    - Dotpoint HSC Physics Multiple Choice
    - Jacaranda
    - Macquarie Revision Guide: Physics

    that + past HY/Trial/HSC papers are really all you need
    spotlight's okay for some sections (like relativity)

    jacaranda is good for a general guide - but you have to pick out the bs that you really don't need to know

    in context is pretty concise to the point

    but all in all dotpoint win hands down

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    Re: Recommended Texbooks/Study Guides for Preliminary HSC?

    I disagree with many here

    I prefer the Excel textbook over the Jacaranda simply because the content is straight to the point whereas the Jacaranda gives way too much information on the context. Mind me, I have only the first edition of Jacaranda. I don't know where this is applicable with the second version

    I also have the Macquarie Revision Guide. It's useless, haven't touched it more than 5 times since I bought it. It has way too little information

    Physics Dot Points is very useful as well however you might get bored of it because there are so many repetitive questions

    I found Success One extremely useful when I was preparing for my trials

    I reckon the best second-hand notes are from Charles Stuart University's website
    ie. http://www.hsc.csu.edu.au/physics

    Print them off and highlight the keypoints. They're really helpful, however they cannot be solely relied on
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    Re: Recommended Texbooks/Study Guides for Preliminary HSC?

    Quote Originally Posted by ronnknee
    I disagree with many here

    I prefer the Excel textbook over the Jacaranda simply because the content is straight to the point whereas the Jacaranda gives way too much information on the context. Mind me, I have only the first edition of Jacaranda. I don't know where this is applicable with the second version

    I also have the Macquarie Revision Guide. It's useless, haven't touched it more than 5 times since I bought it. It has way too little information

    Physics Dot Points is very useful as well however you might get bored of it because there are so many repetitive questions

    I found Success One extremely useful when I was preparing for my trials

    I reckon the best second-hand notes are from Charles Stuart University's website
    ie. http://www.hsc.csu.edu.au/physics

    Print them off and highlight the keypoints. They're really helpful, however they cannot be solely relied on
    lol agree with macquarie being useless. success one is useful but the answers aren't very well written

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    Re: Which Physics HSC study guide, textbooks etc?

    Anyone want to suggest a good Physics book to work alongside Jacaranda? I mean, Jacaranda is great and all (lots of information and diagrams etc) but it's only got a few questions to really test my knowledge, and those questions rarely have answers in the back of the book (pretty paranoid on making sure I'm getting stuff right lol).

    I'm thinking Dot Point Physics, because I've heard it's got plenty of questions and that's mainly what I'm looking for. Something like Conquering Chemistry but for Physics, lol.

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    Best Physics Textbook?

    Hey,

    I plan to get a Physics textbook for Yr12 this weekend. Which is the most relevant / most succinct / most interesting?

    It will be used as a primary text/exercise book, however I've not asked which book my class will actually be using next year. So I don't want a revise-in-a-month-esque thing or el cheapo study guide...

    Cheers

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