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# STEP Prep Thread 2016 (Mark. II) Watch

1. (Original post by Insight314)
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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It is an approximation, but it's important to note the difference, unfortunately I think it was rather hard to gain any credit at all by using e^x. Perhaps 1 mark for condolences may be awarded.

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2. (Original post by jjsnyder)
It is an approximation, but it's important to note the difference, unfortunately I think it was rather hard to gain any credit at all by using e^x. Perhaps 1 mark for condolences may be awarded.

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Yeah, totally agree. The whole point of the question is ignored if a person assumes that the series is up to infinity.

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3. He could have noted e^x=0 is not possible for any real x. x->-infinity does not count btw.

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4. (Original post by physicsmaths)
He could have noted e^x=0 is not possible for any real x. x->-infinity does not count btw.

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Mech practice trumps complex number/vector/geometry practice for STEP III.

Do you agree?

Also, how is physics going? I've got my first A2 Physics exam tomorrow!

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5. (Original post by physicsmaths)
He could have noted e^x=0 is not possible for any real x. x->-infinity does not count btw.

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There were a lot of ways he could've deduced that the series wasn't , the most striking being the fact that there were n's in it XD.
6. (Original post by Insight314)
I've got my first A2 Physics exam tomorrow!

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Same, I've got WJEC PH4 .
7. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
Same, I've got WJEC PH4 .
Good luck to both of us! Is your offer an A or an A*? Mine is an A.

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8. (Original post by Insight314)
Mech practice trumps complex number/vector/geometry practice for STEP III.

Do you agree?

Also, how is physics going? I've got my first A2 Physics exam tomorrow!

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AQA? 25 marks multiple choice ezpz (unlike Unit 5...)
9. (Original post by Insight314)
Mech practice trumps complex number/vector/geometry practice for STEP III.

Do you agree?

Also, how is physics going? I've got my first A2 Physics exam tomorrow!

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Erm generally yes maybe due to the amount of questions. But personally no since I can normally get fulls to those.
Erm not great tbh, only did some decent revision today lol. Tbh cudnt care less.

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10. (Original post by Insight314)
Good luck to both of us! Is your offer an A or an A*? Mine is an A.

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Well there's like 4 different offers but I only need an A since one of the offers is A*AA, 1 in any STEP, and I'm pretty sure I've got a 1s in I and II (so I only need A in FM too XD). One of the other offers is just A*A*A* lol.
11. (Original post by sweeneyrod)
AQA? 25 marks multiple choice ezpz (unlike Unit 5...)
I am OCR.

Seems like quite a few exam boards have their Unit 4 Physics tomorrow, haha.

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12. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
Well there's like 4 different offers but I only need an A since one of the offers is A*AA, 1 in any STEP, and I'm pretty sure I've got a 1s in I and II (so I only need A in FM too XD). One of the other offers is just A*A*A* lol.
A*A*A*...

Do they think they are Cambridge or something?

Let me guess.. Imperial..

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13. (Original post by Insight314)
A*A*A*...

Do they think they are Cambridge or something?

Let me guess.. Imperial..

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Nope Warwick lol, (Imperial insurance though).
Tbf you can get A*A*A with 2 in any paper, that's pretty soft compared to Cambs XD.
14. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Erm generally yes maybe due to the amount of questions. But personally no since I can normally get fulls to those.
Erm not great tbh, only did some decent revision today lol. Tbh cudnt care less.

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All right m8. I am probably gonna immerse myself with mech questions this Wednesday and Thursday morning, so I am ready to deflect the **** Siklos throws at me.

It is scary to think that after this Thursday I will have a good idea whether I am in Cambridge this October or not.

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15. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
Nope Warwick lol, (Imperial insurance though).
Tbf you can get A*A*A with 2 in any paper, that's pretty soft compared to Cambs XD.
My offer is A* in FM and A in Physics, and 1/1 in STEP II/III. They didn't even ask for Chemistry, yet taking it for the bants (I love Chemistry, don't think I am a '25-exam-in-two-months masochist')

Seems like Churchill liked me more than they liked you... shoots fired. I am obviously joking. When you come for Part III make sure you choose Churchill again, OK?

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16. Roughly how many marks would showing the error on. Q8 be worth?

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17. (Original post by fa991)
Roughly how many marks would showing the error on. Q8 be worth?

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Probs 4-ish.
18. (Original post by Insight314)
My offer is A* in FM and A in Physics, and 1/1 in STEP II/III. They didn't even ask for Chemistry, yet taking it for the bants (I love Chemistry, don't think I am a '25-exam-in-two-months masochist'

Seems like Churchill liked me more than they liked you... shoots fired. I am obviously joking. When you come for Part III make sure you choose Churchill again, OK?

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I will probably make that offer .

If I come for Part III I'll probably choose a different college lol, with Churchill it'd just be bad, bad memories...

Yeah you have asked me before, and I believe my interviewer (Dr Caulfield) was different to yours. He seemed to have given up on me even before the interview (after he'd seen my test full of silly mistakes and scribbles). Love how they didn't even give us any paper to write on, had to write everything around the questions on the test...
19. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
I will probably make that offer .

If I come for Part III I'll probably choose a different college lol, with Churchill it'd just be bad, bad memories...

Yeah you have asked me before, and I believe my interviewer (Dr Caulfield) was different to yours. He seemed to have given up on me even before the interview (after he'd seen my test full of silly mistakes and scribbles). Love how they didn't even give us any paper to write on, had to write everything around the questions on the test...
Seriously? What sort of test was it? Lots of short answer or longer problems?
20. (Original post by tridianprime)
Seriously? What sort of test was it? Lots of short answer or longer problems?
Lots of short answer multiple choice sort of questions. They were nothing like STEP which I was fairly good at by then, much more maths challenge/MAT short question style where it was generally one trick you needed to see to solve each one.
Which means that you get killed by the other applicants if you make mistakes since many people will get most Qs right.

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