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    (Original post by 34908seikj)
    They've completely killed off D1 btw now. Since they moved to linear exams from from modular, they combined all the modules together except for the decision modules which are like, gone, dead, you get the point...

    And "S" is statistics.
    is statistics like fractions and all that chance stuff? i hate that T_T but then i also hate physics
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    is statistics like fractions and all that chance stuff? i hate that T_T but then i also hate physics
    eh, fractions is sort of a general maths thing lmfao. But yes, statistics is that chance stuff. It doesn't really have anything to do with physics, at least compared to mechanics.
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    eh, fractions is sort of a general maths thing lmfao. But yes, statistics is that chance stuff. It doesn't really have anything to do with physics, at least compared to mechanics.
    No I mean I hate mechanics cos it's physics and I also don't like stats but what do you think is more useful stats or mechanics.

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    No I mean I hate mechanics cos it's physics and I also don't like stats but what do you think is more useful stats or mechanics.

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    Depends on what you want to do, it's sort of irrelevant now since they're both included in the linear exams. However for me personally, statistics is more useful, since I have no desire to do physics A-level or do anything remotely in the field of physics.
    That's not to say mechanics isn't useful though, because it is.
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    oooh what other A levels are u taking or did you do? i was really enjoying C1 until new stuff came in like differientation my teacher was rushing too so i felt so pressured and new symbols like 'd' threw me off but i have all this summer to figure it out slowly :hoppy:
    what is D1? im only familiar with mechanics and ''S'' papers at the moment
    I just finished year 12 and did Biology and Chemistry too - chemistry was a killer and was nearly as hard as history (and chemistry and physics are infamous for being the hardest A-Levels) you're doing geography as well, aren't you? Apparently it's super easy but can get boring. Awww, haha, it'll become second nature in no time although a lot of things will throw you off in core 2 if that's the case (logs)

    Sorry, D1 is Decision 1 and it's basically just loads of algorithms, so like set methods of doing something and you just repeat it over and over again but with different numbers. That's why it's so easy and it's not like they can make it hard. Ooh, mechanics is hard although I'm not familiar with either M or S - you're getting ahead of me already! XD and I wanna do further maths next year so this isn't looking good.

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    (Original post by 34908seikj)
    Depends on what you want to do, it's sort of irrelevant now since they're both included in the linear exams. However for me personally, statistics is more useful, since I have no desire to do physics A-level or do anything remotely in the field of physics.
    That's not to say mechanics isn't useful though, because it is.
    oh i see, i havent heard anything about the exams being linear, maybe it's just a change in England but not Wales. then im better off doing Stats throughout then i guess, i have no plans on doing anything remotely physics after what i went through at gcse :rofl:
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    oh i see, i havent heard anything about the exams being linear, maybe it's just a change in England but not Wales. then im better off doing Stats throughout then i guess, i have no plans on doing anything remotely physics after what i went through at gcse :rofl:
    Actually Maths A-Level is only going linear next year, so it won't apply for your year group anyway

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    Actually Maths A-Level is only going linear next year, so it won't apply for your year group anyway

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    I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not ? :dontknow:

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    I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not ? :dontknow:

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    It's a good thing, trust me. You'll have loads of past papers for practice and the content will be easier - honestly, the new reformed A-Levels are a joke

    Oh, except that your exam board will obviously make the very last paper as hard as possible.

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    If you don't mind the investment, a Casio FX 911ES PLUS will help tremendously in C2-4 exams (you can use it to check definite integrals, factorise, etc).

    If you're on EdExcel, you'd definitely need the Pearson textbooks (whether you choose to download the Activebooks online, or purchase a used/new copy on Amazon/eBay/Waterstones).

    I'd recommend getting familiar with the Physics and Maths Tutor website, ExamSolutions, as well as the Solomon/Gold past papers. Technically you can start teaching yourself some C1 and C2 material during the summer - I'd start with the algebra/quadratics/inequalities/calculus since they're fairly easy to self-teach.

    EDIT - a laser printer with cheap toner/paper will be really important nearer exam time, you'd be surprised how many past papers are needed to achieve A and above grades at A-level.
    Are you sure that calculator is allowed? lol. I did AS this year, and going into my S1 exam (nervous enough already) i was stopped because my calculator had the function to work out intergrals and algabraeic manipulation. i never noticed this, but at the start of ANY edexcel math (calculator paper) it says:
    'Candidates may use any calculator allowed by the regulations of the Joint Council for Qualifications. Calculators must not have the facility for symbolic algebra manipulation or symbolic differentiation/integration, or have retrievable mathematical formulae stored in them.'

    kinda sucked for me tbh cos I was given a REALLY OLD casio calculator which I just wasn't used to and didn't know how to use half the functions lol. My sister on the other hand (doing AQA) was allowed to take in a graphical calculator, which helped her a lot. point of me rambling is, check which exam board you're doing and buy your calc based on that
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    It's definitely allowed. The regulations specifically prohibit algebraic integration/differentiation/etc - this calculator can only perform numeric integration/differentiation/etc so it can check definite integrals but won't give you answers to indefinite integrals. These very subtle differences is what changes it from prohibited to permitted.
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    Are you sure that calculator is allowed? lol. I did AS this year, and going into my S1 exam (nervous enough already) i was stopped because my calculator had the function to work out intergrals and algabraeic manipulation. i never noticed this, but at the start of ANY edexcel math (calculator paper) it says:
    'Candidates may use any calculator allowed by the regulations of the Joint Council for Qualifications. Calculators must not have the facility for symbolic algebra manipulation or symbolic differentiation/integration, or have retrievable mathematical formulae stored in them.'

    kinda sucked for me tbh cos I was given a REALLY OLD casio calculator which I just wasn't used to and didn't know how to use half the functions lol. My sister on the other hand (doing AQA) was allowed to take in a graphical calculator, which helped her a lot. point of me rambling is, check which exam board you're doing and buy your calc based on that
    That calculator is allowed for edexcel exams, I can't believe they actually took it off you. You would think that the people running the exam would know. I would actually RKO the person who took it off me. And then educate them so that I could still use the calculator.
    I mean it shouldn't make a huge difference what calculator you use, but if you're prone to little mistakes like me, when you check a definite integral and it's different to what the calculator says, you get back and check it until both answers match.
 
 
 
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