Turn on thread page Beta
 You are Here: Home >< Maths

Edexcel FP2 Official 2016 Exam Thread - 8th June 2016 watch

1. (Original post by NamelessPersona)
Am I right in thinking that the A* comes from the best 3 A2 modules? In which case since I got 100 in D2 last year I could get 85 in both S2 and M2 and still get an A*?
Yes, though FP2 and FP3 can't go in to your normal A-Level Maths qualification, keep that in mind.
2. (Original post by edothero)
Looking back to this morning, I think I would class the method of differences question as 'out of the ordinary'.
Aside from that everything else was do-able.
4b) was weird yes, I wasn't able to spot the IBP method but in hindsight it seems quite obvious, exam pressure got me I guess. I wouldn't class it as 'out of the ordinary' but a lot of people seem to have been stuck on that, it is different.
8b was nasty purely because the angle wasn't a standard pi/4 or pi/6 etc. It caused some messy working out but was by no means hard.

I would just say forget about FP2 and focus on the rest of your upcoming exams. Also remember the grade boundaries are determined on how the country performs, and by the looks of it people found it the paper generally hard.
Don't expect A* to fall to a lot though. Last year so many people were angry about the C3 exam, and loads of people were predicting 60 for an A*. Turned out to be 65 for an A*

I think 67 for an A* would be a sensible prediction (plus or minus 1).
Well to be fair the boundary for full in C3 fell significantly to 71. Usually it's 74
3. (Original post by edothero)
Yes, though FP2 and FP3 can't go in to your normal A-Level Maths qualification, keep that in mind.
Thanks. I did C1,C2,D1,D2,M1,FP1 last year and am doing C3,C4,S1,M2,S2,FP2 this year. Currently I have FP1,M1 and D2 as part of my AS Further Maths so they could swap D2 with FP2 correct?
4. (Original post by NamelessPersona)
Thanks. I did C1,C2,D1,D2,M1,FP1 last year and am doing C3,C4,S1,M2,S2,FP2 this year. Currently I have FP1,M1 and D2 as part of my AS Further Maths so they could swap D2 with FP2 correct?
I believe you can, yes.
Check with your exams officer to be sure.
5. (Original post by Student403)
Well to be fair the boundary for full in C3 fell significantly to 71. Usually it's 74
I didn't know that
In any case, my point being no one should be expecting 63-64 for an A* in this paper.

Though then again, you simply can't predict how the country has performed. TSR makes up just a percentage of those who took the exam.

For all we know it could be 62 for an A*. Or even 70 for an A*, again
6. (Original post by EricPiphany)
My heart rate increases to some phenomenal level.
My interesting life:
I get to the last question with plenty of time to go, thinking, OK, I've got loads of time to do this polar coordinate question correctly. So solve for the intersection and get cos(θ) = 3/4.
I do it again. Same answer. OK, Let's just do the integration then. For some reason I do the integration in exact form, check it on the calculator and it's a little bit wrong. My face must be a bright red at this point from increased blood flow. Turns out I had just missed a factor of two in one of the many fractions. Easy fix.
OK, a good half an hour to check questions. One of my critical values doesn't make both sides of the inequality equal, Oh no... Do it again and it turns out I made quite a serious slip the first time around.
By this time I'm having a full blown panic attack. At least some of the questions were self checking, like the tan(x) series and the De Moivre's. I do the p, r, q first order question by separation of variables and it give me a slightly different answer, didn't take me too long to figure why.
Anyways... enough excitement for a lifetime. At least I managed the A* I need with a few minutes to spare.
This is very reassuring and refreshing! For some reason I got the impression that mathmos in a level maths exams would breeze through without a hitch so thank you for sharing and well done

(Although now you mention it, I never actually checked my final answer for 8b in my sheer panic (tears streaming at this point) and I did it in exact form so I have no idea if my answer was even remotely correct! D: Oh well, method marks)
7. I think I've ended up with 69/75 . I lost two marks for using x instead of theta in 4b- hoping they'll just count that as a misread-, another two marks on 4b for forgetting to find C (i.e. I left it as a general solution), and another two on 8b for a small slip when subbing in limits.
Would this get me 90 UMS in FP2?
8. Can anyone remember Q1, Q3 + Q's 5-7?

I still need those to compile my full worked solution
9. (Original post by PhysicsIP2016)
This is very reassuring and refreshing! For some reason I got the impression that mathmos in a level maths exams would breeze through without a hitch so thank you for sharing and well done
There's a subtle difference, I suppose. The method of difference question didn't phase me, and the double IBP didn't bother me either. But I can make arithmetical and algebraical slips just like anyone else.
10. (Original post by sunsri101)
I think I've ended up with 69/75 . I lost two marks for using x instead of theta in 4b- hoping they'll just count that as a misread-, another two marks on 4b for forgetting to find C (i.e. I left it as a general solution), and another two on 8b for a small slip when subbing in limits.
Would this get me 90 UMS in FP2?
I reckon it will for this paper, I can't imagine 90 UMS being above that
11. (Original post by edothero)
I didn't know that
In any case, my point being no one should be expecting 63-64 for an A* in this paper.

Though then again, you simply can't predict how the country has performed. TSR makes up just a percentage of those who took the exam.

For all we know it could be 62 for an A*. Or even 70 for an A*, again
I agree - I think minimum will be about 65

My entire cohort found it tough
12. (Original post by EricPiphany)
There's a subtle difference, I suppose. The method of difference question didn't phase me, and the double IBP didn't bother me either. But I can make arithmetical and algebraical slips just like anyone else.
Yeah, I suppose. I thought the method of differences one was nice too but the double IBP one bothered me so much I couldn't do it in the end (in hindsight I feel silly for not being able to do it but this has confirmed that I couldn't have done a maths degree ). If only they used a nicer angle for that last question! That was a pain having to constantly write arccos(3/4) everywhere...
13. (Original post by NamelessPersona)
Thanks. I did C1,C2,D1,D2,M1,FP1 last year and am doing C3,C4,S1,M2,S2,FP2 this year. Currently I have FP1,M1 and D2 as part of my AS Further Maths so they could swap D2 with FP2 correct?
No, you can't - although you could swap D2 with any or your AS or A2 core or further applied modules.

Core Maths must include all four "C" modules + 2 electives

Further Maths must include FP1 plus and least one of the remaining two "FP" modules; then also 3/4 more electives to make it up to 6.
14. (Original post by EricPiphany)
So solve for the intersection and get cos(θ) = 3/4.
I do it again. Same answer. OK, Let's just do the integration then.
I did the exact same thing

I thought I was tripping when the answer wasn't a nice multiple of pi
15. WHAT DID EVERYONE GET FOR THE LAST POLAR COORDINATE QUESTION? I got a fraction(pie) plus 9 (I can't remember my fraction)
16. (Original post by EricPiphany)
My heart rate increases to some phenomenal level.
PRSOM

do you find A level exams more stressful than STEP?
17. What do people predict the grade boundaries will be?
18. lol I must be the only one who didn't complete the last question.

I solved the integration and saw the limits and thought "nah that's a trek". Rather make sure I didn't mess up the 6/7 markers
19. (Original post by Major-fury)
What do people predict the grade boundaries will be?
65 for A* is my guess
20. For the polar area question I did cardioid minus circle instead of cardioid plus circle (sorry, I forgot which one was C1 and which one was C2), giving me an answer of about 15.272, but the integration should be correct as my calculator confirmed it, so how many marks might I lose for that part question?

Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta

Related university courses

TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

This forum is supported by:
Updated: February 24, 2017
Today on TSR

Edexcel GCSE Maths Unofficial Markscheme

Find out how you've done here

AQA Maths Paper 1 exam discussion

Poll
Useful resources

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.