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How difficult is the Maths in D2?

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    I'm finishing my A2 Maths and A Level Further Maths this year, but I still have to take A2 Physics on the next academic year. I decided to take AS Add. Further Maths with modules, M5, D1, and D2 along Physics.

    I'm curious though, what's the level of D2's difficulty? Will there be lots of trig and calculus? or will it be mostly algebra?

    Thanks.
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    There's maths in D2? That's news to me. :p:
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    (Original post by Alpha-Omega)
    I'm finishing my A2 Maths and A Level Further Maths this year, but I still have to take A2 Physics on the next academic year. I decided to take AS Add. Further Maths with modules, M5, D1, and D2 along Physics.

    I'm curious though, what's the level of D2's difficulty? Will there be lots of trig and calculus? or will it be mostly algebra?

    Thanks.
    Trig? Calculus? Algebra?! The most maths you get are sums. Perhaps the occasional inequality.
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    There's nothing difficult.

    There is also no maths.
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    (Original post by Alpha-Omega)
    I'm finishing my A2 Maths and A Level Further Maths this year, but I still have to take A2 Physics on the next academic year. I decided to take AS Add. Further Maths with modules, M5, D1, and D2 along Physics.

    I'm curious though, what's the level of D2's difficulty? Will there be lots of trig and calculus? or will it be mostly algebra?

    Thanks.
    You should be fine.
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    Shush you lot, of course there's maths in it. Saying that though, there are no new mathematical techniques to learn, it's all bunging values in to equations and knowing when to use the right equations on it.

    It's all fairly simple, it taught to myself in ~2 weeks and got a very good mark; anyone who is doing maths, in general, can cope with D2 without a problem. Although saying that I did terribly on D1!
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    It continues D1's tradition of teaching you how to tediously trace through algorithms that machines can already do perfectly in tiny fractions of seconds rather than actually teaching you the useful applications of decision maths such as using and writing algorithms... So no, the only 'maths' is on the level of adding numbers, solving simultaneous equations and drawing histograms.
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    Thanks. Another one: in terms of mechanical engineering, which is more useful S2,S3,S4 or D1,D2? or are they both useful? If that's the case, I might take the full A-Level Add. Further Maths. I'm giving my application tomorrow.

    Would you consider D1 and D2 practical/useful in real life? If you've studied them, do any of you actually use them to make decisions?
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    (Original post by Alpha-Omega)

    Thanks. Another one: in terms of mechanical engineering, which is more useful S2,S3,S4 or D1,D2? or are they both useful? If that's the case, I might take the full A-Level Add. Further Maths. I'm giving my application tomorrow.

    Would you consider D1 and D2 practical/useful in real life? If you've studied them, do any of you actually use them to make decisions?

    I once did a 14x14 hungarian algorithm, took me ages. (D2)
    Apart from that, haven't really used them. They could be useful if you found ways to apply it.
    But then again, statistics isn't that useful in real life, at all.


    For mechanical engineering, you would think from course content that D1/D2 is better for you, but i really dunno. Decision modules are really, really easy - If you get chance to take them, do, because it's just easy marks.
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    (Original post by Alpha-Omega)



    Thanks. Another one: in terms of mechanical engineering, which is more useful S2,S3,S4 or D1,D2? or are they both useful? If that's the case, I might take the full A-Level Add. Further Maths. I'm giving my application tomorrow.

    Would you consider D1 and D2 practical/useful in real life? If you've studied them, do any of you actually use them to make decisions?
    I myself do mechanical engineering (Where you planning on going?), I would say that the general skill you would pick up from D2 would be better, although the logical thinking of statistics would really help with some of the modules you might do.

    To be perfectly honest I don't think it matters in the slightest which you pick in terms of how it would apply to your degree.

    Personally, I'd do S2, it's incredibly easy. I got 100% and taught it to myself in less than a week.
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    I myself do mechanical engineering (Where you planning on going?), I would say that the general skill you would pick up from D2 would be better, although the logical thinking of statistics would really help with some of the modules you might do.

    To be perfectly honest I don't think it matters in the slightest which you pick in terms of how it would apply to your degree.

    Personally, I'd do S2, it's incredibly easy. I got 100% and taught it to myself in less than a week.

    I'm thinking of studying Mechanical Design Engineering at Nottingham University. They only accept 25 people though, so I'm not really confident about getting in there. I'm also planning to apply at Imperial, Cambridge, Southampton, and Manchester.

    In what means would D1 and D2 skills would be useful to Mechanical Engineering?

    Which university do you go to? Do you enjoy studying Mechanical Engineering? What do you enjoy about it? Would you have picked another university if you had a chance?

    If there was one thing you knew (or should have done) before applying to mechanical engineering, what would it be?

    When you study Mechanical Engineering, do you also get taught how to use those electrical circuits, control, automation, etc...? I want to learn those too.

    Do you actually get to build and design stuff in your course?

    I know those are a lot of questions, but I just want to be sure what I'm getting myself into.

    Thanks!
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    (Original post by Alpha-Omega)
    I'm thinking of studying Mechanical Design Engineering at Nottingham University. They only accept 25 people though, so I'm not really confident about getting in there. I'm also planning to apply at Imperial, Cambridge, Southampton, and Manchester.

    In what means would D1 and D2 skills would be useful to Mechanical Engineering?

    Which university do you go to? Do you enjoy studying Mechanical Engineering? What do you enjoy about it? Would you have picked another university if you had a chance?

    If there was one thing you knew (or should have done) before applying to mechanical engineering, what would it be?

    When you study Mechanical Engineering, do you also get taught how to use those electrical circuits, control, automation, etc...? I want to learn those too.

    Do you actually get to build and design stuff in your course?

    I know those are a lot of questions, but I just want to be sure what I'm getting myself into.

    Thanks!
    None really, I can't see it being of great use. Neither will, just the general 'knack' you would pick up for problem solving.

    University of Liverpool

    Yes

    The variety of stuff we learn, although admittedly I'd probably more suited to something like theoretical physics.

    No, for Engineering the university you go to isn't that much big of a deal, as long as it's decent and the class of your degree when you finish it good, employers won't have much of preference.

    Nothing, you don't need to learn anything before you go, or if you asking if I regret choosing my course? No.

    In 1st year I did a module in Digital Electronics (logic circuits), circuit analysis and drives and actuators (electromagnets, etc.).

    Didn't build anything in 1st year, but we did have to disassemble a petrol garden strimmer, document the parts and then reassemble it; was pretty boring though.

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