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    Dear Zacken,

    I'm not quite sure how to use TRS...

    Anyway, thank you and everyone else involved for all the work you do for people taking STEP. I think the advice and information above is excellent.

    I have two small points.

    In the general STEP information, it very kindly recommends buying my book if affordable for my benefit. Actually, the publisher is non-for-profit, and I don't get royalties (I'd quite like that to be said!). Though the book is nice.

    There is now a data base of all STEP questions, indexed by topic. It is not perfect: you can search for questions on penguins (there is 1), or questions on prisons (there are two), but if you search for questions on bears you get questions on bearings. As soon as I have found the right place to put it, I can give you the URL. Perhaps it is best if you e-mail me.

    Best wishes,
    Stephen Siklos
    I hope vectors are revived for coming years.


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    I hope vectors are revived for coming years.
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    In the form of complex numbers
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    Thank you very much - I've sent you an email.
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    Thank you very much - I've sent you an email.
    Moka!


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    Thank you very much - I've sent you an email.
    Zacken is communing with our God!
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    Zacken is communing with our God!
    Play it cool bro, play it cool


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    Best wishes,
    Stephen Siklos
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    ARGH!
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    (Original post by stcs)
    Dear Zacken,

    I'm not quite sure how to use TRS...

    Anyway, thank you and everyone else involved for all the work you do for people taking STEP. I think the advice and information above is excellent.

    I have two small points.

    In the general STEP information, it very kindly recommends buying my book if affordable for my benefit. Actually, the publisher is non-for-profit, and I don't get royalties (I'd quite like that to be said!). Though the book is nice.

    There is now a data base of all STEP questions, indexed by topic. It is not perfect: you can search for questions on penguins (there is 1), or questions on prisons (there are two), but if you search for questions on bears you get questions on bearings. As soon as I have found the right place to put it, I can give you the URL. Perhaps it is best if you e-mail me.

    Best wishes,
    Stephen Siklos
    Our Siklos, who art in Cambridge,
    Hallowed be thy name.
    Thy college come, thy will be done,
    In tripos as it is in step.
    Give us this day our deserved 1s,
    And forgive us our mistakes
    As we forgive those who choose the humanities
    And lead us not into clearing
    But deliver us on track.
    Amen
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Thank you very much - I've sent you an email.
    dont open the attachments
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    dont open the attachments
    prsom lol
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Ooph, glad you were on the good side! Very well done.

    Yep, got in with 1, 1, 1. Ecstatic!
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    Hey guys, I'm starting to prepare for the 2017 STEP exams and I have a few questions, mostly regarding resources:

    - My teacher says the best way to prepare is: go through the syllabus and make sure I know everything-->Siklos' latest booklet-->Past papers. What do you think?

    - I looked at all the resources on the front page. I'm a bit confused about the two older booklets - I know the newest one is an amalgamation of the previous two, but since the two booklets have 110 questions in total and the newest one has 75, surely this means it doesn't include all the questions from the previous booklets? Does this mean going through all 3 booklets is beneficial? If so, in what order?

    - Since TSR provides solutions to every single question, I don't think the worked solution resources are necessary. However, I'd like to ask about the usefulness of the following resources: STEP correspondence course (https://correspondence.maths.org/assignments), the modules on https://maths.org/step/, and the nrich modules (http://nrich.maths.org/step).

    In a nutshell, I'm trying to decide which resources I should use.

    Thanks!
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    My teacher says the best way to prepare is:
    No such best way, for some, it's easiest to just jump into the straight end and do past papers. Others prefer a more gradual approach with correspondence programs/STEP programme/booklets or what not.

    If you're not sure at what you think is best then I'd advise starting out with the booklets (most of us used the first old STEP booklet, fondly known as "APICM", but you could probably just as well use the first half or so of the new booklet. (i.e: STEP I level questions) - if you find the booklet boring, then I'd jump straight into past papers.

    surely this means it doesn't include all the questions from the previous booklets?
    Yes, and it also contains some questions not on the other two booklets. But almost every problem on there is a past STEP question anyway, so...

    Does this mean going through all 3 booklets is beneficial? If so, in what order?
    Up to you. If I was forced to suggest an order, I'd say first booklet -> first half of new booklet -> second booklet.

    Since TSR provides solutions to every single question, I don't think the worked solution resources are necessary. However, I'd like to ask about the usefulness of the following resources: STEP correspondence course (https://correspondence.maths.org/assignments), the modules on https://maths.org/step/, and the nrich modules (http://nrich.maths.org/step).
    Again, up to you and what you think will work best for you. I personally dislike the above three resources you link, they spoil STEP questions and give far too much guidance.

    In a nutshell, I'm trying to decide which resources I should use.
    In my opinion, it's all going to come down to you doing past papers, whether that starts now or later on next year - assignments or booklets are simply an alternative way of doing past papers (with the assignments or modules or whatever they call them now spoiling the question) so it's not really worth overanalysing what resources you should use. Have a cursory glance at them, pick the one you like most and just start. Move on to another one if you get bored or just not feeling it. STEP is very far away, there's time to experiment.

    ...
    Also, this is the 2016 thread - there's a 2017 STEP thread stickied to the maths forum; your question would be better off there.
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    No such best way, for some, it's easiest to just jump into the straight end and do past papers. Others prefer a more gradual approach with correspondence programs/STEP programme/booklets or what not.

    If you're not sure at what you think is best then I'd advise starting out with the booklets (most of us used the first old STEP booklet, fondly known as "APICM", but you could probably just as well use the first half or so of the new booklet. (i.e: STEP I level questions) - if you find the booklet boring, then I'd jump straight into past papers.



    Yes, and it also contains some questions not on the other two booklets. But almost every problem on there is a past STEP question anyway, so...



    Up to you. If I was forced to suggest an order, I'd say first booklet -> first half of new booklet -> second booklet.



    Again, up to you and what you think will work best for you. I personally dislike the above three resources you link, they spoil STEP questions and give far too much guidance.



    In my opinion, it's all going to come down to you doing past papers, whether that starts now or later on next year - assignments or booklets are simply an alternative way of doing past papers (with the assignments or modules or whatever they call them now spoiling the question) so it's not really worth overanalysing what resources you should use. Have a cursory glance at them, pick the one you like most and just start. Move on to another one if you get bored or just not feeling it. STEP is very far away, there's time to experiment.



    Also, this is the 2016 thread - there's a 2017 STEP thread stickied to the maths forum; your question would be better off there.
    Hi Zacken,

    Thank you so much for the swift and detailed response. Everything made sense
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    No such best way, for some, it's easiest to just jump into the straight end and do past papers. Others prefer a more gradual approach with correspondence programs/STEP programme/booklets or what not.

    If you're not sure at what you think is best then I'd advise starting out with the booklets (most of us used the first old STEP booklet, fondly known as "APICM", but you could probably just as well use the first half or so of the new booklet. (i.e: STEP I level questions) - if you find the booklet boring, then I'd jump straight into past papers.



    Yes, and it also contains some questions not on the other two booklets. But almost every problem on there is a past STEP question anyway, so...



    Up to you. If I was forced to suggest an order, I'd say first booklet -> first half of new booklet -> second booklet.



    Again, up to you and what you think will work best for you. I personally dislike the above three resources you link, they spoil STEP questions and give far too much guidance.



    In my opinion, it's all going to come down to you doing past papers, whether that starts now or later on next year - assignments or booklets are simply an alternative way of doing past papers (with the assignments or modules or whatever they call them now spoiling the question) so it's not really worth overanalysing what resources you should use. Have a cursory glance at them, pick the one you like most and just start. Move on to another one if you get bored or just not feeling it. STEP is very far away, there's time to experiment.



    Also, this is the 2016 thread - there's a 2017 STEP thread stickied to the maths forum; your question would be better off there.
    Thanks broski


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    How often does Relative Motion actually come up on STEP III? I've had a look through some past paper questions and can't find a single instance of it being explicitly referenced, although where I haven't finished M4 yet I'm not sure if it's important in other topics like Moments of Inertia etc. or that I'm otherwise just missing where elements of it are needed for questions? I'm self-teaching M3 and M4 (finished M3 now) on a gap year and while the rest of Mechanics has come quite easily I'm really struggling to grasp closest distance problems etc., although I'm fine with the idea of finding relative velocity and also using the equivalent for acceleration to carry out mechanics in an accelerating frame.

    So ... I realise that there's a risk anything in this topic could technically come up, but for those who are more versed in Mechanics than me currently - is my lack of knowledge likely to prevent me from attempting any questions?
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    How often does Relative Motion actually come up on STEP III? I've had a look through some past paper questions and can't find a single instance of it being explicitly referenced, although where I haven't finished M4 yet I'm not sure if it's important in other topics like Moments of Inertia etc. or that I'm otherwise just missing where elements of it are needed for questions? I'm self-teaching M3 and M4 (finished M3 now) on a gap year and while the rest of Mechanics has come quite easily I'm really struggling to grasp closest distance problems etc., although I'm fine with the idea of finding relative velocity and also using the equivalent for acceleration to carry out mechanics in an accelerating frame.

    So ... I realise that there's a risk anything in this topic could technically come up, but for those who are more versed in Mechanics than me currently - is my lack of knowledge likely to prevent me from attempting any questions?
    From memory, I concur, it doesn't come up very often. I'd also say that I think when it does come up, the questions tend to be foul (but I'd also say this is probably one of the areas I'm personally weakest at, which may bias my opinion).

    The one M4 topic that seems to come up a lot is the approach where you find the (potential) energy E of a system, find equilibrium points by solving for dE = 0, and then do something about the behaviour of small oscillations around the equilbrium point by looking at the 2nd derivative of E.
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    From memory, I concur, it doesn't come up very often. I'd also say that I think when it does come up, the questions tend to be foul (but I'd also say this is probably one of the areas I'm personally weakest at, which may bias my opinion).

    The one M4 topic that seems to come up a lot is the approach where you find the (potential) energy E of a system, find equilibrium points by solving for dE = 0, and then do something about the behaviour of small oscillations around the equilbrium point by looking at the 2nd derivative of E.
    Thank you very much - it's also a topic I really don't gel with, so for now i will simply press on through M4 and if I find myself with spare time before STEP might come back to it ... thanks also for your pointer about equilibrium of systems.
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    I have recently received an offer for Imperial cosmic with a 2 in step 2, i have done no step prep yet but have taken the mat test. Is it realistic that i will achieve this grade in the time given?
 
 
 
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