Yeah, we had no periodic tables in our exams. Merton's stereotype might be true for chemistry: they seemed to pick up a lot of prizes (especially in first year) while I was at Oxford – but small sample sizes, etc.(Original post by nexttime)
You had to do that?! I thought it was a Merton specific thing!
I was under the impression that if Merton's stereotype was true for one subject, it was Chemistry. But if everyone had to memorise random **** like that maybe I was wrong...
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- 24-09-2015 21:21
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(Original post by nexttime)
- 09-10-2015 01:11
Chemistry has a LOT of maths involved, far more than most people seem to realise, is all I would say.
And yes my experience was also that most chemists would have time to relax. Perhaps not every evening or every weekend, but plenty.
Some anecdotes: I was close friends with a few chemists - with one we would go kayaking for 3-6 hours every other weekend or so plus did rowing, another was heavily involved with the cross country and walking clubs, regularly taking weekends in the Lake district etc, another was actually our boat club captain and trained 8x per week for the first boat, as well as doing uni-level orienteering and cross country. Conversely, two of the six chemists did actually change course after the first year primarily because of the workload. Both changed to biochemistry (which is less maths-intensive, a big part of their problem) and coped fine after that.
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- 09-10-2015 01:13
I think that to some extent with maths it is one of those subjects which if you are really astoundingly good at it you can basically just breeze through it. It's pretty rare though that people can do this.
Most of the mathematicians I know do spend a lot of time working, although it seems to really vary based on what areas of maths they enjoy the most, some hate analysis and the more pure maths stuff, some find this stuff easy and so depending on your course/what options you take the amount of time spent working will fluctuate a bit. I'd guess that they probably spend a similar amount of time to the chemists doing self study stuff, although perhaps a little less as there's less outright remembering stuff that you have to do. (Having said all this, most of the people I know doing maths are doing Maths & CompSci - the pure mathematicians are generally a little less social and spend more time working)
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- 10-10-2015 15:32
Thank you for your reply . My boyfriend is applying to do Maths there. Admittedly I'm worried he won't even be considered for an interview because of his AS results. He really dislikes statistics and loves pure so he did really badly in the Stats section which pulled his grades down. He is however retaking it which should bring his grade up significantly. I suppose I just worry I won't have any time to see him.