#### Slidey

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I've (Slidey) compiled a brief summary of the pros and cons of each textbook. If you disagree, feel free to discuss it here in this thread. =)

And this isn't an attempt to sell these books. Use your library. It's free that way.

General Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics Extension 1

Mathematics Extension 2

Study Guides

Links

Where to buy?

+ This book is great. It's good at all the areas: Good diagrams, good explanations, many question to practice with.

+ The questions are the strength of this text. They cover the entire spectrum of skills which students require and lead you into the hard questions progressively.

+ The harder questions often involve interesting skills which are not taught at a 2u level but would be classified as "component B", of which the HSC must comprise at least 20%. Thus it is worth your while to try these questions.

+ Of all the textbooks, this one is the easiest to cram with.

+ Specimen papers at the end of the book for revision

- No worked solutions.

+ Plenty of questions

+ 3 different levels of questions designed to suit students with varying abilities including development and extension

- Not all questions are useful for practice excercises

- No worked solutions

- Heavier than most other textbooks

+ This book is excellent at explaining most things and for developing the basic skills for each topic. So if you find yourself struggling to understand a topic, try this book.

- Theory is too simplified

- Many Extension students dislike this book because it is too easy and does not contain many, if any, hard questions.

- If you have the 3U copy it is hard to tell whether or not a topic is part of the 2U or 3U course. A second edition has been published differentiating between 2u and 3u topics

- Examples provided are very simple and usually do not help with harder questions.

- No worked solutions. Some worked solutions

+ Wide variety of questions

- Explanations aren't too great

- No worked solutions

+ Plenty of questions

+ Extension questions available

- Not all questions are useful for practice excercises

- No worked solutions

- Heavier than most other textbooks

+ Good explanations

+ Good questions

+ The challenging questions are not always the last ones

+ Speciman papers at the end of the book for revision

- No worked solutions

- Few solutions to graph questions

+ Worked out solutions

+ Good questions

+ Worked out solutions

+ Good set out

+ Easy to understand

+ Review Exercises available

+ Challenge questions for each topic

- Explanations aren't too great

+ Questions are excellent

+ Review exercises at the end of each topic, plus some challenge questions

+ Authors write the 4u Maths CSSA Trial

+ Specimen papers at the end for revision

- Explanations are sometimes not clear

- Answers are not numbered

- Not very appealing

- No worked solutions

+ Questions are good, but not so challenging

+ Explanations are good in some areas

+ Speciman papers at the end of the book for revision

- No worked solutions

+ Easy questions to practice with.

+ Good for cramming

- Questions are TOO easy.

+ Some challenging questions

+ Has worked solutions

- Just a textbook with less questions to practice on and more examples

- Wouldn't advise for cramming

- May have many mistakes (so watch out!)

+ Has many past papers

+ Great for practice

+ Fully worked solutions for the Past Papers

http://community.boredofstudies.org/showthread.php?t=65823

http://community.boredofstudies.org/showthread.php?t=35823&highlight=textbook

http://community.boredofstudies.org/showthread.php?t=89181&highlight=textbook

HSC Online

Resource Section

These books are available nearly everywhere here's a list I compiled

- Local Library

- School library

- Your maths teacher

- Buy/Sell forum

- Terry Lee books

- Dymocks

- Co-op shops

- Angus & Robertson

- Borders

- Kinokuniya

- WHSmith

And this isn't an attempt to sell these books. Use your library. It's free that way.

**pLuvia: I've updated this thread to make available to all levels of HSC maths and all your suggestions****----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------****Content**General Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics Extension 1

Mathematics Extension 2

Study Guides

Links

Where to buy?

**General Mathematics****HSC General Maths Practice Questions by Topic****Cambridge General Mathematics****Success One HSC General Mathematics****Mathematics****Fitzpatrick 2u**+ This book is great. It's good at all the areas: Good diagrams, good explanations, many question to practice with.

+ The questions are the strength of this text. They cover the entire spectrum of skills which students require and lead you into the hard questions progressively.

+ The harder questions often involve interesting skills which are not taught at a 2u level but would be classified as "component B", of which the HSC must comprise at least 20%. Thus it is worth your while to try these questions.

+ Of all the textbooks, this one is the easiest to cram with.

+ Specimen papers at the end of the book for revision

- No worked solutions.

**Cambridge 2u**+ Plenty of questions

+ 3 different levels of questions designed to suit students with varying abilities including development and extension

- Not all questions are useful for practice excercises

- No worked solutions

- Heavier than most other textbooks

**Conceptual Development: Maths In Focus**+ This book is excellent at explaining most things and for developing the basic skills for each topic. So if you find yourself struggling to understand a topic, try this book.

- Theory is too simplified

- Many Extension students dislike this book because it is too easy and does not contain many, if any, hard questions.

- If you have the 3U copy it is hard to tell whether or not a topic is part of the 2U or 3U course. A second edition has been published differentiating between 2u and 3u topics

- Examples provided are very simple and usually do not help with harder questions.

- No worked solutions. Some worked solutions

**Coroneos**+ Wide variety of questions

- Explanations aren't too great

- No worked solutions

**Mathematics Extension 1****Cambridge 3u**+ Plenty of questions

+ Extension questions available

- Not all questions are useful for practice excercises

- No worked solutions

- Heavier than most other textbooks

**Fitzpatrick 3u**+ Good explanations

+ Good questions

+ The challenging questions are not always the last ones

+ Speciman papers at the end of the book for revision

- No worked solutions

- Few solutions to graph questions

**Essentials of Mathematics, book 2**+ Worked out solutions

+ Good questions

**Mathematics Extension 2****Terry Lee Advanced Mathematics**+ Worked out solutions

+ Good set out

+ Easy to understand

+ Review Exercises available

+ Challenge questions for each topic

- Explanations aren't too great

**Cambridge 4u**+ Questions are excellent

+ Review exercises at the end of each topic, plus some challenge questions

+ Authors write the 4u Maths CSSA Trial

+ Specimen papers at the end for revision

- Explanations are sometimes not clear

- Answers are not numbered

- Not very appealing

- No worked solutions

**Fitzpatrick 4u**+ Questions are good, but not so challenging

+ Explanations are good in some areas

+ Speciman papers at the end of the book for revision

- No worked solutions

**Study guides****Understanding Year 11/12 Maths:**+ Easy questions to practice with.

+ Good for cramming

- Questions are TOO easy.

**Excel**+ Some challenging questions

+ Has worked solutions

- Just a textbook with less questions to practice on and more examples

- Wouldn't advise for cramming

- May have many mistakes (so watch out!)

**Past Paper Collection by the Mathematical Association of NSW for General, 2u, 3u and 4u Maths**+ Has many past papers

+ Great for practice

+ Fully worked solutions for the Past Papers

**Links**http://community.boredofstudies.org/showthread.php?t=65823

http://community.boredofstudies.org/showthread.php?t=35823&highlight=textbook

http://community.boredofstudies.org/showthread.php?t=89181&highlight=textbook

HSC Online

Resource Section

**Where to buy?**These books are available nearly everywhere here's a list I compiled

- Local Library

- School library

- Your maths teacher

- Buy/Sell forum

- Terry Lee books

- Dymocks

- Co-op shops

- Angus & Robertson

- Borders

- Kinokuniya

- WHSmith

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