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New STEM undergraduates - Which of Chemistry and Physics did you find harder at A2?

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  • View Poll Results: Which one did you find harder to study/understand at A2?

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    Would like to know as i'm undecided on which one to do as a third A2 subject. Deffo keeping Maths and Further Maths tho. I got CD in Physics and Chemistry respectively (despite finding the Chemistry content easier than the Physics content at AS; thank God they're linear).

    Funny this should come up, as I'm starting Joint honours Chemistry and Physics this September (I also took both at A Level)!

    A2 Chemistry needs a lot of memorisation of organic structures and reactions, and also remembering the method to calculate diiferent titrations/electrode potentials.
    If you have a good memory, go with Chemistry.
    From my experience, the A2 assessed practicals (about 10% of the A level?) are easy to get high grades on, so on theor own they could get you to a high D grade.

    A2 Maths and Physics go well (though there are some simple logs to do in Chemistry) but I only have AS Maths so I can't say how well, e.g. simple harmonic motion has plenty of trigonometry, equations, and rearranging. If you do lots of background practice questions from old textbooks (I mean 1980s-early 2000s old, like the ones by Jim Breithaupt and Muncaster), you could turn the C to a B - it's worth the effort Those questions are harder than the past papers but they prepare you well.

    Don't forget to account for the degree you're aiming for and your future career - which subject is more essential?
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