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# STEP Prep Thread 2016 (Mark. II)

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1. (Original post by EricPiphany)
Why did you make me do that...
There wasn't anything really wrong, I completed four questions and got 11 off beginning another, so max of 91.
Let's say they were strict and took off a few points here and there, I would say minimum 84.

Not as many points as I would like, but it's still Eilat.
Hold on... I completed five questions... since when did I forget how to count.
2. Out of interest, does anyone know what the step answer booklet looks like? I can't find any copies online. Is it all lined paper and do they give you blank paper for sketch graphs?

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3. (Original post by nitromeguy)
Out of interest, does anyone know what the step answer booklet looks like? I can't find any copies online. Is it all lined paper and do they give you blank paper for sketch graphs?

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20 paged booklet of standard lined paper and then as many additional 5 paged lined booklet as you want. No blank paper. All graphs are done on the lined paper in the booklet.

You can ask for rough blank paper that won't get marked, but don't, there's no point to it. Do all your working in the booklet.

(Original post by EricPiphany)
Hold on... I completed five questions... since when did I forget how to count.
Well done!
4. (Original post by Zacken)
20 paged booklet of standard lined paper and then as many additional 5 paged lined booklet as you want. No blank paper. All graphs are done on the lined paper in the booklet.

You can ask for rough blank paper that won't get marked, but don't, there's no point to it. Do all your working in the booklet.
OK thanks
5. pre exam nerves are getting to me...
6. Could someone please explain this in pm?

I don't understand how T= what they have given is when the horizontal velocity is 0. How do you figure that out?

Thanks
7. (Original post by Themathgeek)
Could someone please explain this in pm?

I don't understand how T= what they have given is when the horizontal velocity is 0. How do you figure that out?

Thanks
I don't really understand what you're asking, could you clarify?
8. If there's a question that says to prove 2 things are necessary and sufficient (if and only if ect.) and you prove that one thing is necessary for the other and everything you've done is reversible, is there some easy way of showing/stating this without physically having to do everything in reverse?
9. (Original post by smartalan73)
If there's a question that says to prove 2 things are necessary and sufficient (if and only if ect.) and you prove that one thing is necessary for the other and everything you've done is reversible, is there some easy way of showing/stating this without physically having to do everything in reverse?
Double ended arrows between each line of working.
10. (Original post by smartalan73)
If there's a question that says to prove 2 things are necessary and sufficient (if and only if ect.) and you prove that one thing is necessary for the other and everything you've done is reversible, is there some easy way of showing/stating this without physically having to do everything in reverse?
Like so:

Although you'd be expected to make an explicit statement at the end that every step is reversible just to be safe.
11. Just to make sure, when drawing a graph, are there some features that must be find like asymptotes, stationary points, points that cross x, y axis , symmetry or it really depends on the question? And sketch and draw I guess they are the same no? Sorry if the question is a bit silly.
12. (Original post by Geraer100)
Just to make sure, when drawing a graph, are there some features that must be find like asymptotes, stationary points, points that cross x, y axis , symmetry or it really depends on the question? And sketch and draw I guess they are the same no? Sorry if the question is a bit silly.
I think you always need to show where the asymptotes are, and roughly where stationary points and axis crossings are (i.e. which quadrant). Generally if you need to calculate stationary point coordinates I think it will tell you. I'd say sketch and draw are pretty much the same, although sometimes sketch means a really quick sketch, whereas draw usually involves a bit more detail.
13. (Original post by Zacken)
I don't really understand what you're asking, could you clarify?
Sorry I just realised how unclear that was

How do you know that the horizontal velocity is 0 when T= Ucostheta/(kg) ?

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14. (Original post by sweeneyrod)
I think you always need to show where the asymptotes are, and roughly where stationary points and axis crossings are (i.e. which quadrant). Generally if you need to calculate stationary point coordinates I think it will tell you. I'd say sketch and draw are pretty much the same, although sometimes sketch means a really quick sketch, whereas draw usually involves a bit more detail.
Okay, thanks! I guess that the equation which I need to solve to find the stationary points or axis crossing maybe also matters when come to if the coordinates need to be stated.
15. (Original post by Zacken)
20 paged booklet of standard lined paper and then as many additional 5 paged lined booklet as you want. No blank paper. All graphs are done on the lined paper in the booklet.

You can ask for rough blank paper that won't get marked, but don't, there's no point to it. Do all your working in the booklet.

Well done!
Only reason I can think of that I would ask for spare unmarked paper is when I am proving a condition one way, but I want to start in reverse, so I do the reverse calculations on a rough sheet then put them the right way on the actual answer booklet (and that way the examiner doesn't think bad of you). Can we do this in the exam?

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16. (Original post by jjsnyder)
Only reason I can think of that I would ask for spare unmarked paper is when I am proving a condition one way, but I want to start in reverse, so I do the reverse calculations on a rough sheet then put them the right way on the actual answer booklet (and that way the examiner doesn't think bad of you). Can we do this in the exam?

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I do that many times ( idk if it's wrong)

P <= Q <= R ... <= T where P is the result you have to prove and T what you already know .
I would let them know of course...
17. (Original post by jjsnyder)
Only reason I can think of that I would ask for spare unmarked paper is when I am proving a condition one way, but I want to start in reverse, so I do the reverse calculations on a rough sheet then put them the right way on the actual answer booklet (and that way the examiner doesn't think bad of you). Can we do this in the exam?

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I was thinking of using the back page or something for rough work if they don't give me rough paper. I always need to do rough work/trial things on a separate sheet of paper otherwise it would completely interfere with my solution.
18. (Original post by Vesniep)
I do that many times ( idk if it's wrong)

P <= Q <= R ... <= T where P is the result you have to prove and T what you already know .
I would let them know of course...
Yeah I usually write ", which is true, so result follows."
19. (Original post by jjsnyder)
Only reason I can think of that I would ask for spare unmarked paper is when I am proving a condition one way, but I want to start in reverse, so I do the reverse calculations on a rough sheet then put them the right way on the actual answer booklet (and that way the examiner doesn't think bad of you). Can we do this in the exam?

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(Original post by IrrationalRoot)
I was thinking of using the back page or something for rough work if they don't give me rough paper. I always need to do rough work/trial things on a separate sheet of paper otherwise it would completely interfere with my solution.
You can ask for and will be given rough paper, it's just that even your scratch workings that look really untidy might give you a mark or two that you might miss out on whilst writing the neat version up (even if it's scratched out!). Whereas there's literally no downside to writing the rough work in the booklet in terms of gaining marks.
20. (Original post by Zacken)
You can ask for and will be given rough paper, it's just that even your scratch workings that look really untidy might give you a mark or two that you might miss out on whilst writing the neat version up (even if it's scratched out!). Whereas there's literally no downside to writing the rough work in the booklet in terms of gaining marks.
The main reasons I need to do rough work on a separate sheet are that
1. I need my work to be as neat as possible to be able to follow what I'm doing well and make less silly mistakes (because that is a massive problem I have).
2. I need to trial different methods quite a lot, which would not work nearly as well if I had to put these in my solution since I'd be using loads of paper and most of my work would be messy scribbling (so basically 1.)

I wouldn't mind doing all rough work in the booklet too much but it would have to be on a separate page and I'm not sure it would earn any marks there.

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