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1. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
Here is another decent integral related to current discussions.
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2. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by gff)
Here is another decent integral related to current discussions.
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I believe...

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t-substitution, followed by integrating the ln... answer drops out?

EDIT: it doesn't seem to drop out. Ah well
Last edited by Xero Xenith; 15-04-2012 at 20:06.
3. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by fruktas)
After STEP School I actually tried to relax for some time knowing that this is the last week until end of June where I can do nothing, so only doing 2 STEP questions a day I successfully relaxed haha. Tomorrow it all begins again, going to start by doing a STEP mock paper in school, STEP 2 2008 and hopefully get atleast a 1. How is everyone else doing ?
you suggest that doing 2 step questions a day is child's play

how many step questions a day is actual work?!
4. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by gff)
Here is another decent integral related to current discussions.
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How to represent x in terms of t?
Maybe tan(x/2)=t, so x=2tan(-1)(t) ?
But I have no idea how to work with this.
5. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by Xero Xenith)
I believe...

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t-substitution, followed by integrating the ln... answer drops out?
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Much simpler is let the integral = I, Apply x = pi/2 - theta. Add the resulting integral and I and then the integral is pretty standard.
6. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by Rahul.S)
you suggest that doing 2 step questions a day is child's play

how many step questions a day is actual work?!
I just kinda did it to keep my mind interested. I just wanted to relax! I just found the time for 40 minutes, sat down, did the 2 questions and done. After STEP school, pure question are becoming quite straight forward (thank god!)
7. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by Aurum)
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Much simpler is let the integral = I, Apply x = pi/2 - theta. Add the resulting integral and I and then the integral is pretty standard.

I got
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ln2 * (pi/4)

Quite surprised to know that it's not in A-Levels.
8. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by fruktas)
I just kinda did it to keep my mind interested. I just wanted to relax! I just found the time for 40 minutes, sat down, did the 2 questions and done. After STEP school, pure question are becoming quite straight forward (thank god!)
Boo hiss boo.

9. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by TSong)
I got
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ln2 * (pi/4)

Quite surprised to know that it's not in A-Levels.
Just evaluated the integral (before I just suggested the method) and your answer matches mine.
10. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
In the 2008 STEP II examiner's report it says:
the scripts received covered the full range of marks (and beyond!).
wtfbbq, beyond the full range of marks?
11. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by fruktas)
I just kinda did it to keep my mind interested. I just wanted to relax! I just found the time for 40 minutes, sat down, did the 2 questions and done. After STEP school, pure question are becoming quite straight forward (thank god!)

who were you btw? you still havent answered that shook?!

I think the step school was very good in terms of logical thinking
12. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by ben-smith)
In the 2008 STEP II examiner's report it says:

wtfbbq, beyond the full range of marks?
If you answer more than 6 questions...
13. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
Since everyone's interested in the integration of trignometric functions here's another one (it's indefinite though), integrate
14. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by Aurum)
Since everyone's interested in the integration of trignometric functions here's another one (it's indefinite though), integrate
Another nice on...but reasonably elementary

This is a good one

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You won't be able to find
15. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by fruktas)
Tomorrow it all begins again, going to start by doing a STEP mock paper in school, STEP 2 2008 and hopefully get atleast a 1. How is everyone else doing ?
Hey fruktas, how's it going? I'm planning to do STEP II 2008 next week aswell so let me know how it goes.
16. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by Rahul.S)

who were you btw? you still havent answered that shook?!

I think the step school was very good in terms of logical thinking
What were the conditions for applying to the STEP School? State school... anything else?

Kind of regretting not going, though I do have a bit of (unofficial) support at school - one teacher who does know his stuff. (But I think I'd still be the first in anyone's memory to get into Cambridge for Maths... eep!)
17. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by safmaster)
Hey fruktas, how's it going? I'm planning to do STEP II 2008 next week aswell so let me know how it goes.
hey man! not too bad, been a bit ill, but serious work has to start tomorrow! what about you? Yeah, the 2008 paper looks quite nice, 4 solutions shouldnt be hard. I will let you know once I done it
18. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by TheMagicMan)
Another nice on...but reasonably elementary

This is a good one

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Here's another one
Given: Integration of sinx/x from 0 to infinity is pi/2.
Obtain the value of integraiton of from 0 to infinity
Last edited by Aurum; 17-04-2012 at 03:48.
19. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
Hey all, joining the thread as I'm in quite a pickle.

I'm doing STEP1, as part of an offer to study Computer Science (I do not take Further Maths), and need to get a 2. I know for most that'd seem quite manageable, yet I'm struggling and need some advice.

I currently try and do one question a day (up to 1 hour max), from pre-2000 papers, as I have already worked through 2000-2009. However, on most papers, I have only been able to do 3-4 full questions maximum (needing guidance for some). I've been looking at some of the older papers as I have been running out of material, and I've felt like I have stepped backwards. Is it strange to just look at some questions and feel this brick wall of impossibility?

I honestly have no idea how I can move forwards when questions in each paper are generally so unpredictable that I can't pick up many transferable skills! Should I try some STEP2 questions to keep fresh material?

20. Re: The 2012 STEP Prep Thread!
(Original post by TheMagicMan)
Another nice on...but reasonably elementary

This is a good one

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The graph is pretty!
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There is a ton of stuff I never knew about the Fresnel integrals - like how incredible the Euler spiral is. Lots of fun graphs with these functions!
Last edited by shamika; 15-04-2012 at 22:15.

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