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Cambridge IGCSE Physics (second edition)

A fully updated edition of our successful series to support the Cambridge IGCSE Physics syllabus 0625.

Cambridge IGCSE Physics (second edition) is written by a highly experienced author and teacher to give comprehensive coverage of the syllabus objectives.

The series components of Cambridge IGCSE Physics (second edition) work together to cover all required content and skills, including ideas for practicals and other activities that will help to develop experimental skills. The student components are engaging, and accessible to students with a wide range of abilities including those who do not have English as their first language. The Teacher's Resource CD-ROM gives teachers extensive support as well as further resources to use in class.

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  • Language accessible to students of a wide range of abilities.
  • Revision and exam support provided through study tips and practice questions.
  • CD-ROM accompanying coursebook contains a host of revision and practice material designed to help students maximise their chances in their examinations. It also contains answers to the exam-style questions in the coursebook.
  • Workbook helps to develop information handling and problem solving skills, as well as some experimental skills including planning investigations and interpreting results.

What is important when translating syllabus content into a teaching tool?

In some ways, the process of planning and writing a textbook is similar to planning and writing a teaching scheme. The syllabus content, together with past exam papers, gives you an endpoint that you are aiming for. But it would be a mistake to start by presenting fully-fledged physics ideas or to use past paper questions to test understanding. Students need a gradient up which they can climb to get to the endpoint.

What is the pedagogy/approach used in the content?

So, before writing, I think about what students will already know from their previous studies and from their everyday experience – both of these are important. Then I try to build up from these starting points. Concepts and phenomena need to be introduced in a simple way, perhaps using everyday language, before they are presented more formally. I think about each practical activity – is it demonstrating a phenomenon, measuring a quantity or investigating how variables are related? Each mathematical relationship needs to be discussed – does it seem reasonable that the quantities are related in the way the formula suggests? Each chapter is a coherent unit of learning. Only at the end can we expect students to answer exam-style questions. Everything else has been building up to this. If I simply wanted to present students with clear statements of the physics they need to learn, I would have written a shorter book – but it wouldn’t have been much help to the students.

How can teachers put this resource into practice in the classroom?

If the above sounds like the way you approach your teaching, then you will find that the book supports you in this. Start a topic by discussing students’ prior ideas. Build up the concepts and the maths behind them. Go through the Worked Examples, share the practical activities. These are things which can be covered with the whole class. Then challenge your students to solve problems individually. Questions scattered through the chapters are diagnostic; you can use the end-of-chapter questions as a final check on whether students have grasped the ideas and can use them.

David Sang taught Science (mostly Physics) for 13 years in a number of institutions. He gradually moved into writing through projects run by the Nuffield Foundation, the Association for Science Education and the Institute of Physics. In the last 20 years, David has contributed to over 100 textbooks and guides for teachers, including Checkpoint Science, IGCSE Physics, O Level Physics and International AS and A Level Physics.

Read his post on our blog:

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Cambridge IGCSE Physics: Coursebook with CD-ROM (second edition)

ISBN: 9781107614581

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Cambridge IGCSE Physics: Workbook (second edition)

ISBN: 9781107614888

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Cambridge IGCSE Physics: Teacher's Resource CD-ROM (second edition)

ISBN: 9781107614901

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