Hey guys, I'm looking to get ahead and start learning the mathematics courses on my own ahead of time. I plan on studying Ext 2 in year 12.
I'm fortunate enough that one of my relatives is helping me study who is a prize-winning mathematician at UNSW, but completed his HSC in 2010 and said it would be best to ask boredofstudies what textbooks are recommended for the new syllabus as he does not tutor HSC math. He sent me the below though (for reference: he sat 2U HSC in yr 11, 3U + 4U HSC in yr 12).
"- 2U: Fitzpatrick for theory/questions. Just use 1 good textbook, there is no point overworking yourself for 2U.
- 3U: Fitzpatrick for theory/questions. Supplement with Cambridge for the THEORY ONLY lol. It's not that the Cambridge questions are not useful, some of them are super interesting but you'll spend too much time on 3U and you will have 4-6 other subjects to look after as well.
- 4U: Cambridge for theory/questions. Supplement certain topics with Terry Lee, Fitzpatrick and S.K. Patel (for some reason, each of the textbooks covered only 1-2 topics well and sucked at the rest). In general, the textbooks were all pretty bad at explaining the concepts. I used to learn from online university resources for theory, so I'll help you here."
He also said Maths in Focus is probably why students hate math and that the textbook is terrible and should just be used as a doorstopper.
I was wondering which textbooks would you guys recommend for Math Adv, Ext, and Ext 2 for the new syllabus?
The textbooks are quite expensive, so I was also hoping someone might have copies of them in pdf form. Hopefully, you found his advice above also useful!