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Physics A level without Maths?

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    Sure, if you like what you've experienced of physics so far. There are a lot of calculations though and you have to be confident with algebraic manipulation from GCSE. If you don't like doing these calculations in maths now just think about whether you'd enjoy physics with a lot more calculations. In any case you can try it out at the start of the year and see how it goes before making a final decision. People who do A-level maths/further maths tend to do much better in A-level physics than people who don't, but this is likely correlation rather than causation. People who are good at the calculations required in A-level physics tend to choose maths as well.

    (Original post by Kyx)
    im doing a physics degree in September without a-level maths. I already know quite a lot about the degree, and what is involved. you don't need maths to do physics: Einstein was rubbish at maths!
    (Original post by B_9710)
    I've just read that he excelled at mathematics. Don't think that physics degree will only require up to A level standard. A level standard is nothing. A level further maths is not a high standard when you're talking about a physics degree. You have to remember that physics is very mathematical and is nothing like at school.
    I don't know any of this from personal experience, just what I've heard.
    For the first year of a physics degree you need to be very good at A-level maths and further maths. You should also know how to use basic mathematical notation. In addition you'll extend this to include some multivariate calculus, differential equations, matrix algebra, Taylor series etc., covered from an applied mathematical viewpoint. You won't need to learn any pure maths though.

    For later years you'll obviously need to learn more advanced maths, possibly including some pure maths. What you need depends on what specifically you're studying in physics. I know some late topics need group theory for example.
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