Can someone suggest good websites for A Level (Grade 11 & 12) physics?

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Hi! I'm an A Level student studying under the British Edexcel specification (8540). I'm struggling with physics. My teachers at school are uncooperative and boring; it's only been a month and without reviewing basics they're already taking tests. I don't remember much from my GCSEs and my books aren't helping. I primarily study online. Can someone please recommend a few trusted, comprehensive sites that cover basics before moving onto the harder topics covered in the A2s? It would be really useful if they are free and the material easy to follow. I have a lot of experience of sites that beat about the bush without really going anywhere. Thank-you in advance! :smile:

Edexcel homepage: http://www.edexcel-international.org" [Broken]
 
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There are sites like Hyperphysics (http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hframe.html) or online textbooks such as Motion Mountain (http://www.motionmountain.net/) -- I haven't used that one.

I primarily study online.

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I have a lot of experience of sites that beat about the bush without really going anywhere.

Why not just get a good textbook like Halliday & Resnick, or Serway? One could easily waste a lot of time poking around for online pages that may have questionable information anyways. It's much more efficient just to grab a standard physics text and start working through problems.
 
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Thanks for your help! I have a copy of Halliday and Resnick but one of my teachers said that it was too complicated for my level and that it'd be easy to get derailed. But now I think I'll give it a shot!
 
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Does the course not have a required or recommended textbook? :confused:

Added later: I found the specification document at

http://www.edexcel-international.org/quals/gce/physics/as/8540/

and indeed it lists some recommended textbooks. I second what bravernix said about websites versus textbooks. If you don't like the textbook that you're currently using, try others at a similar level.
 
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