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1. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by GreenLantern1)
Oh lol! Well the fact that it was on both shows it wasn't that hard. Which it wasn't to be honest!

Plus even if it was also on higher, it was still on foundation so it was intended as a C grade question!
Yes but their answer to the question is incorrect. And the actual proof for the answer is most likely way beyond GCSE level.

Have a look at the latest posts in this thread:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...0#post37935060
2. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by Micky76)
Yes but their answer to the question is incorrect. And the actual proof for the answer is most likely way beyond GCSE level.

Have a look at the latest posts in this thread:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...0#post37935060
Yeah but they would only require the GCSE Level answer which is easy. The general answer may indeed be harder then!
3. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by OMGWTFBBQ)
Surds can be pretty difficult. Once you've got them sorted, you can sit back and wait for your A* to present itself.

They might not even be on the syllabus any more, I don't think my brother has mentioned them and he's sitting some maths papers in a week or so.
Oh they are still in there, don't worry. They are easy once you get the hang of them.
4. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
apparently there was a question on a 2003 and 3 paper that looked as follows:

if , where a is an integer, prove that it is always possible to find a number q, where so that pq is also an integer
To me, this looks like an undergrad question, and yet i still cannot do it :/
5. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by elldeegee)
apparently there was a question on a 2003 and 3 paper that looked as follows:

To me, this looks like an undergrad question, and yet i still cannot do it :/
I don't think it's an undergrad question, but it's definitely very posh in its wording.

This was probably the GCSE question I've found the most difficult so far. http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1969161

I got it in the end though!
6. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by elldeegee)
To me, this looks like an undergrad question, and yet i still cannot do it :/
You must have forgotten all the easy stuff.

for example.
7. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by OMGWTFBBQ)
Surds can be pretty difficult.
Why? What do you have to do with them?

(Original post by PrinceUpsb)
You should check out AQA Unit 2 (43602H) June 2011. Ridiculously low grade boundaries: http://wheatleypark.org/images/Maths/j11_Higher.pdf
That is ridiculously easy as a paper. And why the stupid things like the first question: what is the point of using the letters when they are just numbers anyway? why no just give them the calculation to do with numbers?

Don't grade boundaries reflect how people do? So if it was low grade boundaries then many people found it very difficult?
8. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by elldeegee)
apparently there was a question on a 2003 and 3 paper that looked as follows:

To me, this looks like an undergrad question, and yet i still cannot do it :/
For any p, you can set q=1/p and then pq always equals 1 (or set q as some multiple of p as someone put above). That is easy enough - I wish I had questions like that at undergrad level lol.
Last edited by Раскольников; 06-06-2012 at 10:42.
9. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by GreenLantern1)
Why are people claiming the hardest GCSE Maths question came from a foundation paper!
Well either way - the answer was wrong and took a more simplistic approach than what is correct. It would be very difficult to get the real right answer. They assumed the circles would be stacked next to each other in a rectangular shape when that isn't the optimum solution.
10. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by hassi94)
Well either way - the answer was wrong and took a more simplistic approach than what is correct. It would be very difficult to get the real right answer. They assumed the circles would be stacked next to each other in a rectangular shape when that isn't the optimum solution.
Yes but it is obvious from a GCSE paper what you would have to do for that.
11. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by BabyMaths)
Found the paper. It's question 29.

http://www.bland.in/GCSE%20Maths/maths2.nov11.pdf
How did you manage to handle A-Level maths when you did Foundation paper? Is it because A levels Maths is more straight forward and does not have much functional/problem solving questions?
12. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by Type 052D)
How did you manage to handle A-Level maths when you did Foundation paper? Is it because A levels Maths is more straight forward and does not have much functional/problem solving questions?
When necessary I take off my socks.
13. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by BabyMaths)
When necessary I take off my socks.
I see . It possible that you could become an physicist in the future?
14. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
Here's a fun question. It's IGCSE but I'm sure it'll be fun for GCSE students too!

You have to work out the percentage of each shape that's shaded. For diagram 6, the radii of the two circles are 1 and 5.

The question was worth 13 marks and most students got less than half.
15. Re: What is the hardest GCSE Maths question you have ever come across?
(Original post by notnek)
Here's a fun question. It's IGCSE but I'm sure it'll be fun for GCSE students too!

You have to work out the percentage of each shape that's shaded. For diagram 6, the radii of the two circles are 1 and 5.

The question was worth 13 marks and most students got less than half.
That does look fun

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