Steam ahead;Secondary;Reviews;Science;Books

10th September 1999 at 01:00
MACMILLAN FOUNDATION: Physics. By Jim Breithaupt. Macmillan pound;18.99.

It is often difficult for students embarking on a biological science degree or teacher training course, for example, to find a physics textbook that gives them the information they need in a succinct format.

Designed to be used withthe minimum amount of help, Physics is for highly motivated students and provides them with the knowledge theywould need for a wide variety of disciplines.

There are four basic units on waves, materials, mechanics and electricity that must be studied first.

The remaining units cover other topics such as atomicand nuclear physics.

Unfortunately, the mathematical content could pose problems for those who lack confidence. But thereis help at the appropriate times, with many worked examples and numerical answers.

Although it includes a mixture of traditional physics and more contemporary ideas, this book is not intended to entice students in; its audience is already committed to studying the subject.

Helen Reynolds is head ofphysics at Gosford Hill School, Kidlington, Oxfordshire

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