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# STEP Prep Thread 2016 (Mark. II) Watch

1. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
I don't mind complex numbers even though it's not my strongest topic, but a lot of the time they're paired up with vectors so I don't do them.
Things like III 2013 Q6 are fine though .
I will forgive you

But personally, I find complex numbers to be the most enjoyable parts of STEP

(Although I will admit that I would realistically skip one if, by a brief analysis, it looked magnitudes too complex for me, there is after all a limit to what I can do)
2. (Original post by drandy76)
Afaik they're meant to be of similar difficulty, someone correct me if I'm wrong

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I find step 3 easier than step 2 but yeah they're supposed to be similar in difficulty haha

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3. (Original post by krishdesai7)
Is it just me, or is STEP 3 a whole order of magnitude tougher than STEP 2. I didy first mock today, and ooh, it was a whole new ballgame
More difficult questions (at least content wise), but lower grade boundaries (so it should be about as difficult to get a 1).
4. who r u if u find ii harder than iii can we swap please
5. Well, I have nothing against them personally - I have just heard that the paper was overflowing with them.
6. (Original post by fa991)
I find step 3 easier than step 2 but yeah they're supposed to be similar in difficulty haha

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I agree - I think STEP 3 can be a bit intimidating at first sight but it seems to me as though a lot of the questions don't actually require much work once you get them and complex numbers questions, though intimidating perhaps, can be very easy.
7. (Original post by Mathemagicien)
I will forgive you

But personally, I find complex numbers to be the most enjoyable parts of STEP

(Although I will admit that I would realistically skip one if it, by a brief analysis, it looked magnitudes too complex for me, there is after all a limit to what I can do)
Ugh, the last sentence - I am kind of hoping it wasn't on purpose and it is just all the maths slowly leaking out from all this STEP prep.
8. (Original post by tridianprime)
Ugh, the last sentence - I am kind of hoping it wasn't on purpose and it is just all the maths slowly leaking out from all this STEP prep.
STEP can induce all sorts of un-natural maths to become integral to one's vocabulary. I cannot now differentiate between mathematical language and pleb talk. STEP probably changes your brain a mean deal - mine deviates a lot from its standard state - although the changes tend to be limited to only some areas.

Tangentially speaking, it is quite interesting how many people say they find STEP III easier than STEP II.
9. (Original post by Mathemagicien)
STEP can induce all sorts of un-natural maths to become integral to one's vocabulary. I cannot now differentiate between mathematical language and pleb talk. STEP probably changes your brain a mean deal - mine deviates a lot from its standard state - although the changes tend to be limited to only some areas.

Tangentially speaking, it is quite interesting how many people say they find STEP III easier than STEP II.
"Tangentially speaking"

No. That's not ok.
10. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
"Tangentially speaking"

No. That's not ok.
Its not a normal way to speak, is it?
11. (Original post by Mathemagicien)
Its not a normal way to speak, is it?
No it's not lol, I think you should speak normally instead.
12. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
No it's not lol, I think you should speak normally instead.
I don't mean to be obtuse, but don't you think its acute way of speaking?

I derive satisfaction from it
13. (Original post by Mathemagicien)
I don't mean to be obtuse, but don't you think its acute way of speaking?

I derive satisfaction from it
I was going to make a derivative pun but I think you've used every differential calculus term I know...
14. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
I was going to make a derivative pun but I think you've used every differential calculus term I know...
I imagine that there are plenty of really good calculus terms just waiting fourierly good puns
15. (Original post by Mathemagicien)
I imagine that there are plenty of really good calculus terms just waiting fourierly good puns
Wow it's like the name was Taylor-made for that pun.
16. I have a friend that thought the series in Q3 II 2016 was e^x. He was convinced the question was very easy. RIP.

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17. (Original post by jjsnyder)
I have a friend that thought the series in Q3 II 2016 was e^x. He was convinced the question was very easy. RIP.

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That's the case where n=infinity, so it basically is the same as doing all the individual cases of non-infinite n. Full marks ez
18. (Original post by jjsnyder)
I have a friend that thought the series in Q3 II 2016 was e^x. He was convinced the question was very easy. RIP.

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Ouch. How did he even do the first part though, if the series was extended to infinity the first result wouldn't be valid?
19. (Original post by jjsnyder)
I have a friend that thought the series in Q3 II 2016 was e^x. He was convinced the question was very easy. RIP.

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It is an approximation to e^x. I thought the same way as him for a few minutes, and was confused why they wanted me to prove such a trivial result lol. Then, I realised that it was up to n, so I went on with the question haha.

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20. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
Ouch. How did he even do the first part though, if the series was extended to infinity the first result wouldn't be valid?
This is what I thought to myself, clearly he is a wizard.

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