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H1 or H2 Physics Resources
The very mention of “H2 Physics” often gets many students into a “not so good feeling”. With only 20 topics, and yes……. I said “only” 20 topics in 6 exciting themes for study, the H2 Physics is in fact a comprehensive introduction to University level Physics. So you see, why this subject carries weight, as a qualifying subject into engineering and other disciplines.
Many students rely on teacher’s printed handouts and rarely buy their own textbook. Often because the Physics textbooks at this level are expensive and sure gives a bad feeling when you have no time to read it and the book just sits there collecting dust or as an expensive paper weight.
Where to get the H1 or H2 Physics Textbooks?
In my opinion, students should get at least 3 text books for handling this subject; from 3 different authors and publishers. If you find spending on 3 brand new Physics books based on the JC Physics requirements might be heavy on the wallet, then why not consider used books? The Physics books are not a surgical tool that should be bacteria free, so you don’t need brand new books every year. Head over to the second hand book stores at bras basah complex at Victoria street (near the national library) to get them. There is one called BookPoint. With good street smart negotiation you could get the 3 books at the price of 1 brand new one. Ask them for the recommended textbooks, and get at least one book that is University grade.
Why should you get the Physics books…… the recommended ones and the non-recommended ones?
Its about perspectives. Humans are really interesting. Imagine your own family, as you grow you would realize that despite living under the same roof, you, your siblings, and your parents can hold different opinions on the same issue. It’s really fascinating to learn the reasoning and thought process that leads to different opinions, likes, dislikes, views and understanding. Try a little experiment with a thought provoking question on the dinner table…….. like…… is it the sun going around the earth or the earth going around the sun? And demand proof for the opinion they hold. With large enough family members you should get at least one high tech futuristic opinion and one that goes along the line “why bother?… just eat!”.
Physics books are the same. And that’s why I strictly mentioned different authors from different publishers. Different authors will have different way of expressing their ideas in words. The angle of approach in delivering the understanding of a physical phenomena are different for each of them.
For an example, on the topic of circular motion. You can think from the perspective of the object in circular motion, the object at the center of the circular motion, the force that keeps the circular motion or from the perspective of another object nearby that has got nothing to do with it. And yes the Math behind this as well. The authors would have their own creative approach. Some would approach from the language perspective, some from the Math perspective, but I am sure, you would find at least one that works best for you.
Currently I have about 6 different Physics textbooks, ranging from A levels to University level. And I still want to add 3 more to my collection. Some of them are more than a $100 each. My library is thus well equipped with the views and opinions of many well known and the lesser but equally effective unknown authors of Physics.
Listing some of the authors and not in the order of any preference (that is why I am not numbering them)
Douglas C. Giancoli
Teachers cannot provide multiple perspectives on one single sheet of paper. They will narrow down to one that works for most students and use that as the base or foundation to build upon the rest. So if that perspective or approach or initial question does not seem right to you, then you will have to seek for others. And students that fail to do so can get a feeling of being left out or even worse…… thinking that they could not do Physics.
And not being able to do or at least understand Physics is a big LIE, because you are living in a Physical world.