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    Independent physics practical preparation

    Hi
    I am a full time worker sitting A levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. I am offering AQA Phyiscs A syllabus.

    My practical exams commence on March 14th and I am unsure how to prepare for them. Its very difficult since I study independently and have minimum support. Any suggestions?

    Thanks.
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    As Plato said, post away. More entry-level physics problems can go here. Once you get past the college freshman-level physics, you might be better off at the Physics Help Forum (here's a link). For self-study, I prefer just working my way straight through a book, reading everything, and working every problem. I've learned a lot that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ackbeet View Post
    As Plato said, post away. More entry-level physics problems can go here. Once you get past the college freshman-level physics, you might be better off at the Physics Help Forum (here's a link). For self-study, I prefer just working my way straight through a book, reading everything, and working every problem. I've learned a lot that way.
    I appreciate the response. But I am restricted to doing past questions on an activity that will be visual. As I am studying independently, I have to read my way through everything. I wondered if anyone knew of any websites that provide insight? Also, how other private candidates had prepared for the exams. Thanks for the link!
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    There are at least three sites that can provide you with loads of information on most things mathematical:

    Wikipedia. The articles there are good enough that, although I probably wouldn't cite any of them in a research paper, I would likely start there to find out where I can find out more information.

    MathWorld Lots of good stuff here, too, although it's a bit more compressed, usually, than wiki.

    The Springer-Verlag Encyclopedia. This is a recent find for me. I haven't used it much, but the articles I've seen are excellent.

    Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ackbeet View Post
    There are at least three sites that can provide you with loads of information on most things mathematical:

    Wikipedia. The articles there are good enough that, although I probably wouldn't cite any of them in a research paper, I would likely start there to find out where I can find out more information.

    MathWorld Lots of good stuff here, too, although it's a bit more compressed, usually, than wiki.

    The Springer-Verlag Encyclopedia. This is a recent find for me. I haven't used it much, but the articles I've seen are excellent.

    Hope that helps.
    I am never against doing more maths. So, thanks a lot. But I really need help around practical physics. However, I do appreciate your info and will check them out eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ackbeet View Post
    There are at least three sites that can provide you with loads of information on most things mathematical:

    Wikipedia. The articles there are good enough that, although I probably wouldn't cite any of them in a research paper, I would likely start there to find out where I can find out more information.

    MathWorld Lots of good stuff here, too, although it's a bit more compressed, usually, than wiki.

    The Springer-Verlag Encyclopedia. This is a recent find for me. I haven't used it much, but the articles I've seen are excellent.

    Hope that helps.
    Thanks for the Encyclopedia reference. It looks interesting.

    -Dan
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbenguse78 View Post
    I am never against doing more maths. So, thanks a lot. But I really need help around practical physics. However, I do appreciate your info and will check them out eventually.
    Why don't you ask the same question over at the Physics Help Forum? I bet you'll get more specialized answers there (although, since there are a lot of users in common with the MHF, maybe not). Incidentally, the references I provided will help with a good deal of physics, except possibly MathWorld. I just found a physics counterpart to MathWorld:

    World of Physics. There seems to be a lot there.
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