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# STEP Prep Thread 2016 (Mark. II)

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1. generalisation of q6 im bored
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show that if yn(x) is a unique solution as defined previously to
(dy/dx)^k*f(x)=n*f(y)
where k and f are fixed
then yn(ym(x))=ymn(x)
2. (Original post by Insight314)
Leeeeeeroy Jeeeeenkins.

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WoW nerd
3. (Original post by gasfxekl)
WoW nerd
Takes one to know one, nerd.

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4. (Original post by Insight314)
Takes one to know one, nerd.

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5. (Original post by Insight314)
Takes one to know one, nerd.

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true that
6. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Wait.. You have said was finding y from subbing x into tangent equations simpler? But you said that you did that at the start??
I assume I have done what you did.
I solved the eqs of tangent found x=1/3(sum of parameters squared-1) and y=-1/2(sum of paramters) then subbed into C_2 and easily comes out as equal. I think the other method of trying to connect the eqs is also easy from the equations since it follows ny product of paramters=-1 and sum of squares =(m+n)^2-2mn noting mn=-1.
Never mind mate, my question was extremely badly worded and a bit pointless anyway. I should be preparing for III lol.
7. It's strange - at the time my answers seemed coherent but I have a feeling the marker will look at my paper and just see demonic scribblings of insanity and panic.
8. (Original post by jneill)
The safest, and indeed required, thing is no comments at all. Otherwise this thread will be temporarily closed.

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I am still confused - why does mentioning that I personally struggled with STEP compromise the integrity of the exam in any way? Also I may have missed something here, but is it actually stated anywhere that how you found the paper isn't to be discussed? I couldn't find anything.

The embargo has obviously expired but if you still want me to remove comments of course I will...
9. (Original post by Gwenuin)
I am still confused - why does mentioning that I personally struggled with STEP compromise the integrity of the exam in any way? Also I may have missed something here, but is it actually stated anywhere that how you found the paper isn't to be discussed? I couldn't find anything.
Because it lets the other person know that the paper is difficult, so he shouldn't panic overly much if the paper isn't going well, something that you didn't know during the exam because you thought everybody else would find it easy or whatever. In any case, it's giving information to a candidate that other candidates don't have. That's not going to cut it.

Then again, if you want to damage your own chances, so be it...

The embargo has obviously expired but if you still want me to remove comments of course I will...
The damage has been done, there's obviously no point in removing it now, but remember for future papers.
10. (Original post by 16Characters....)
Never mind mate, my question was extremely badly worded and a bit pointless anyway. I should be preparing for III lol.
Me 2 haha!

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11. (Original post by Zacken)
Because it lets the other person know that the paper is difficult, so he shouldn't panic overly much if the paper isn't going well, something that you didn't know during the exam because you thought everybody else would find it easy or whatever.
I sort of assumed it was taken for granted that STEP would be challenging, but having done many past papers it's clear the difficulty fluctuates an awful lot, so I suppose seeing other stressed about STEP would likely calm your nerves slightly (unfairly) before entering the exam - hopefully this didn't happen but your point is fair enough.
12. Can anyone tell me how much I would probably get and the grade?

3) Full
7) Full
12) Full
5) Couldn't do (iii)
4) Couldn't find the corresponding values of x and θ

Cheers
13. Was I the only one not allowed to use a pencil?

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14. (Original post by to4ka)
Was I the only one not allowed to use a pencil?

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I used pencil if thats what you mean. Although its says to use pen on the answer booklet, on the ATS site directly under the step section it does say hard pencil is fine.
15. (Original post by to4ka)
Was I the only one not allowed to use a pencil?

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Nope, even i wasn't allowed to. If fact they didn't even let me use a fountain pen. I was forced to use a ball-point pen
16. (Original post by krishdesai7)
Nope, even i wasn't allowed to. If fact they didn't even let me use a fountain pen. I was forced to use a ball-point pen
Although I always use pen, I have to say that writing in pencil is way better, it's so easy to correct things/trial different ideas and you don't get a massive mess of scribbles all over your work unlike with pen.
17. (Original post by Zacken)
Because it lets the other person know that the paper is difficult, so he shouldn't panic overly much if the paper isn't going well, something that you didn't know during the exam because you thought everybody else would find it easy or whatever. In any case, it's giving information to a candidate that other candidates don't have. That's not going to cut it.
So can we flood TSR with "omg the exam was so easy", and other misinformation, after STEP III?
18. Folks, how does STEP I compare with AEA.

Specifically, a requirement to achieve 2 in STEP I vs Merit in AEA - which is "easier"...?
19. (Original post by jneill)
Folks, how does STEP I compare with AEA.

Specifically, a requirement to achieve 2 in STEP I vs Merit in AEA - which is "easier"...?
For sure a distinction in AEA is easier than a 1 in STEP I, not so sure about a merit in AEA v/s a 2 in STEP I - but I'd hazard it's still easier.
20. (Original post by jneill)
Folks, how does STEP I compare with AEA.

Specifically, a requirement to achieve 2 in STEP I vs Merit in AEA - which is "easier"...?
Merit in AEA is probably easier
(Warwick consider distinction in AEA equivalent to a 2 in any STEP, they probably know better than me)

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