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# The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)

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1. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by number23)
Does anyone know how to do the last part of 5i in the STEP I June 2003 paper:
Show that there is no term indpendent of x in the expansion of f(x) in powers of x, for lxl > 3.
f(x)=(x^6 + 3x^5)^(0.5) which is also x^3(1+3/x)^(0.5).

Thanks
Binomially expand the second bracket and show no term has power of x -3.
2. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
Hi,
I can vaguely remember a problem from STEP I did for preparation and I would like to know from which exam it was. Maybe someone knows the problem and can help me find it!

The question was about the power series of and integrals of the form . You eventually had to prove .
Thanks
3. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by kitkat19)
when youve done AS maths and further maths....so u have module c1 c2 m1 fp1 d1 s1 ...which STEP questions can you do...i wannna start practising asap
Start with STEP I, but expect to run into problems on some questions until you know C3-4. There are questions that don't require them but many do. If I were you I'd focus more on learning C3-4 - you can do it by yourself!
4. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by DamoclesAustria)
Hi,
I can vaguely remember a problem from STEP I did for preparation and I would like to know from which exam it was. Maybe someone knows the problem and can help me find it!

The question was about the power series of and integrals of the form . You eventually had to prove .
Thanks

I've just found
- it turned out it wasn't even a problem from STEP...
5. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
Does anyone know any London test centres which take private candidates for STEP? I've been able to find couple but they are charging an extortionate amount! I mean, £140 per paper seriously? Get out of here. It's weird none of those listed in the Cambridge Advisement website host the exam anymore.
6. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by DamoclesAustria)

I've just found
- it turned out it wasn't even a problem from STEP...
I can't blame you. That sheet is very 'stepy'.
7. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by DamoclesAustria)

I've just found
- it turned out it wasn't even a problem from STEP...
Great find, thanks!
8. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
People who have done STEP.

What did you do to revise. Apart from past papers

did you have a tutor?
Did you do it all by yourself? If so HOW!!!
Did you go to the cambridge easter STEP school?
did your school give you tuition?

anything else i havent thought of. feel free to add^

and...if you don't mind then tell me what you got too
9. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
Can anyone give me the past step paper form 1987 t0 1999 pleasee
10. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by mathsymathsy)
Can anyone give me the past step paper form 1987 t0 1999 pleasee
11. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
Thanks
12. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
has anyone here got 110+ in a STEP paper? just curious
Last edited by oh_1993; 10-04-2012 at 17:23.
13. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
Do people just read through the STEP booklet Advanced Problems in Core Mathematics and start doing the past papers directly?
14. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by johnconnor92)
Do people just read through the STEP booklet Advanced Problems in Core Mathematics and start doing the past papers directly?
I dont know but I would like to know this too....i posted here(few posts above this one) about revision techniques that people may have used but noone got back to me about this...ill just have to wait..
15. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by johnconnor92)
Do people just read through the STEP booklet Advanced Problems in Core Mathematics and start doing the past papers directly?

(Original post by kitkat19)
I dont know but I would like to know this too....i posted here(few posts above this one) about revision techniques that people may have used but noone got back to me about this...ill just have to wait..
Pretty much yeah. Although with the Siklos booklet, it's best if you have a go at the questions before reading his solution and even before reading his comments on the question as you progress.

Plowing through questions is the best preparation, then doing a few papers in exam conditions as you get closer to the exam to gauge speed/timings etc.
16. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
i read already that no calculators are allowed, so does that mean that unsimplified surds are acceptable.
regarding the data sheet, can you only bring one? do you have to bring them with you on the day? i am NOT sitting the exam at my college as they don't run it, its at the local adult education center.
17. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by zack-w)
i read already that no calculators are allowed, so does that mean that unsimplified surds are acceptable.
regarding the data sheet, can you only bring one? do you have to bring them with you on the day? i am NOT sitting the exam at my college as they don't run it, its at the local adult education center.
Surds are of course acceptable, but you should always simplify them when possible. (i.e. don't put when you could put )

The "data sheet" is a formula book and they should come delivered with the exam paper AFAIK. It's the same as the OCR A-level one.
18. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
Hi guys! How do you think about the difficulty of STEP I papers before 1994? They are the only core maths papers at that time, so are they approximately equivalent to the current STEP II papers or they are easier than the current STEP II papers? I am thinking about if I need to go through them to prepare for my STEP II. Thx!
19. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by klausw)
Hi guys! How do you think about the difficulty of STEP I papers before 1994? They are the only core maths papers at that time, so are they approximately equivalent to the current STEP II papers or they are easier than the current STEP II papers? I am thinking about if I need to go through them to prepare for my STEP II. Thx!
They were the "paper I" so that would imply they're closer to STEP I. However, older papers are a bit less relevant... you might find some nice questions, but only use them if you've dried up all the recent ones IMO.
20. Re: The big fat STEP megathread (NOT for getting help with maths questions)
(Original post by Xero Xenith)
They were the "paper I" so that would imply they're closer to STEP I. However, older papers are a bit less relevant... you might find some nice questions, but only use them if you've dried up all the recent ones IMO.
Thank you!!!

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