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1. (Original post by _Caz_)
Ohmydays that works as well. :L I've just been trying to work it out from the scraps they give you in the formula book thank you

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Good, I'm not going completely mad then! I need to go back to FP2, meant to be resitting it but I've barely looked since I took it the first time round...

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2. If you guys think vectors are bad, you should try planes

Complex numbers all the way

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3. (Original post by Bude8)
If you guys think vectors are bad, you should try planes

Complex numbers all the way

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Literally hate 3D the whole vectors and planes module of fp3 was a nightmare tbh, my teacher had to get string out so I could visualise it

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4. (Original post by Princepieman)
I find it strange that you guys have to do 'further maths' to learn this; we get taught a lot of this stuff at Advanced Higher here in Scotland.

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Yeah I know, sometimes I regret not moving back to Scotland. Was gonna do it after gcses.

Edit: realised I didn't really answer/respond, further maths is literally a timetabling thing tbh it's modules you could do in maths (except further pures) but just having double lesson time to be able to do them
(Original post by NinjaPandaa)
Yeah ngl not much of a fan of complex numbers although I do like de moivres, it's vectors that really get me though ergh

Omg I'm so bad at mechanics more of a statistics kind of girl tbh

Nah just normal ocr but I share your hatred of vectors, legit hate anything in 3 dimensions especially

The Scottish system confuses me so much, are normal highers equivalent to a levels or is that advanced highers?
I feel like I'd be better at complex numbers now bc we did it at start of the year and it blew my brain
Ugh s2 sucks ;(

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5. (Original post by NinjaPandaa)

The Scottish system confuses me so much, are normal highers equivalent to a levels or is that advanced highers?
I believe it goes Advanced Highest>A2>Highers=AS.

There are additional maths courses called 'Applied Maths' they come in two variants Stats or Mechanics.

Advanced Highers and Highers aren't modular either, you learn the while syllabus and then sit an exam at the end. For example, the maths exam is 3 hours long.

I'm always jealous of a-level students that can just retake a couple modules to get a better grade, we'd have to retake the year.

Also, unless you go to a private school or are in an extremely wealthy area, AH is not accommodated well. I've got 2 periods max with teachers in French and Physics.

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6. (Original post by Princepieman)
I believe it goes Advanced Highest>A2>Highers=AS.

There are additional maths courses called 'Applied Maths' they come in two variants Stats or Mechanics.

Advanced Highers and Highers aren't modular either, you learn the while syllabus and then sit an exam at the end. For example, the maths exam is 3 hours long.

I'm always jealous of a-level students that can just retake a couple modules to get a better grade, we'd have to retake the year.

Also, unless you go to a private school or are in an extremely wealthy area, AH is not accommodated well. I've got 2 periods max with teachers in French and Physics.

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That sounds so annoying and inflexible I don't think I'd cope well with that
I guess it's good prep for uni level maths though

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7. (Original post by Princepieman)
I believe it goes Advanced Highest>A2>Highers=AS.

There are additional maths courses called 'Applied Maths' they come in two variants Stats or Mechanics.

Advanced Highers and Highers aren't modular either, you learn the while syllabus and then sit an exam at the end. For example, the maths exam is 3 hours long.

I'm always jealous of a-level students that can just retake a couple modules to get a better grade, we'd have to retake the year.

Also, unless you go to a private school or are in an extremely wealthy area, AH is not accommodated well. I've got 2 periods max with teachers in French and Physics.

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I guess that's why Scottish degrees are a year longer

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8. (Original post by rachelc142)
Yeah I know, sometimes I regret not moving back to Scotland. Was gonna do it after gcses.

Edit: realised I didn't really answer/respond, further maths is literally a timetabling thing tbh it's modules you could do in maths (except further pures) but just having double lesson time to be able to do them

I feel like I'd be better at complex numbers now bc we did it at start of the year and it blew my brain
Ugh s2 sucks ;(

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Hmm I think complex numbers are just starting to properly click the further I've got into the course like doing differential equations with them has made it clearer to me somehow
Nah statistics all the way, I'm doing s3 and s2 this year

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9. (Original post by NinjaPandaa)
Hmm I think complex numbers are just starting to properly click the further I've got into the course like doing differential equations with them has made it clearer to me somehow
Nah statistics all the way, I'm doing s3 and s2 this year

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Yhh I know what you mean
The only stuff I hate in s2 is all the CRV stuff, I ALWAYS get it wrong and can never understand how or why

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10. (Original post by rachelc142)
I guess that's why Scottish degrees are a year longer

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In the past scottish students tended to go to university after sitting their Highers, at ~17 years old. Thus, the first year is in a way, a succession from that and is fairly similar to the content in Advanced Highers and A2.
11. (Original post by Princepieman)
In the past scottish students tended to go to university after sitting their Highers, at ~17 years old. Thus, the first year is in a way, a succession from that and is fairly similar to the content in Advanced Highers and A2.
Yh a lot of my cousins went at 17.
Yeah that's why I applied for 2nd yr entry

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12. (Original post by rachelc142)
Yh a lot of my cousins went at 17.
Yeah that's why I applied for 2nd yr entry

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Yeah, to be fair, doing first year would be an absolute breeze though, it would be mostly review.

Ah well, what unis did you apply to?
13. (Original post by Princepieman)
Yeah, to be fair, doing first year would be an absolute breeze though, it would be mostly review.

Ah well, what unis did you apply to?
Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland, didn't really like the department at Edinburgh plus my dad lives in Corstorphine so I don't wanna live on his doorstep
Absolutely fell in love with Glasgow and always loved the city but they didn't offer the french uni exchange i wanted so in short didn't end up accepting either offer

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14. (Original post by rachelc142)
Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland, didn't really like the department at Edinburgh plus my dad lives in Corstorphine so I don't wanna live on his doorstep
Absolutely fell in love with Glasgow and always loved the city but they didn't offer the french uni exchange i wanted so in short didn't end up accepting either offer

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Fair enough. I applied to: Edinburgh, Nottingham, Lancaster, Loughborough and Reading.

Probably insuring Lancaster or Loughborough (if I get an offer)

I'm heavily leaning towards Nottingham because as a "Third Culture Kid", I feel I've lived long enough in Scotland and my expat itch wants me to move on. Notts campus looks lush though, can't wait to see it in person.

I feel Edinburgh has the stronger Comp Sci department but the course at Notts (includes year abroad, AI and MSc in four years) is quite compelling.

Where did you end up choosing in the end and what subject?
15. (Original post by Princepieman)
Fair enough. I applied to: Edinburgh, Nottingham, Lancaster, Loughborough and Reading.

Probably insuring Lancaster or Loughborough (if I get an offer)

I'm heavily leaning towards Nottingham because as a "Third Culture Kid", I feel I've lived long enough in Scotland and my expat itch wants me to move on. Notts campus looks lush though, can't wait to see it in person.

I feel Edinburgh has the stronger Comp Sci department but the course at Notts (includes year abroad, AI and MSc in four years) is quite compelling.

Where did you end up choosing in the end and what subject?
I've heard amazing things about Nottingham! A lot of people I know go there currently and are loving it, also have heard a few good things about their job prospects.

Manchester firm bristol insurance for physics with a year abroad it was a no brainer for me, fell in love with manchester when I went, and then bristol was my lowest offer so made sense to have as my insurance because my manc offer is pretty high

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16. (Original post by rachelc142)
I've heard amazing things about Nottingham! A lot of people I know go there currently and are loving it, also have heard a few good things about their job prospects.

Manchester firm bristol insurance for physics with a year abroad it was a no brainer for me, fell in love with manchester when I went, and then bristol was my lowest offer so made sense to have as my insurance because my manc offer is pretty high

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So have I, hopefully it lives up to its reputation!

Ah, Mancs is pretty cool! If you get taught by Brian Cox I'll officially be jealous. :P
17. (Original post by Princepieman)
So have I, hopefully it lives up to its reputation!

Ah, Mancs is pretty cool! If you get taught by Brian Cox I'll officially be jealous. :P
Lol he does all the quantum mechanics in first year so yeah I will have him haha I remember on the open day my mum was pointing behind me like "isn't that the bloke you like off the telly" and I obviously nearly **** myself thinking he's behind me and I turn and it's just a poster on the wall

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18. Aargh I'm hating Complex Numbers
The questions with CIE are just so random when it comes to them
I'm scraping an 80% when doing past papers in raw marks At least I'm done with the FP modules. Going to tackle Mechanics now!
19. (Original post by The Clockwork Apple)
Aargh I'm hating Complex Numbers
The questions with CIE are just so random when it comes to them
I'm scraping an 80% when doing past papers in raw marks At least I'm done with the FP modules. Going to tackle Mechanics now!
Ooh what stuff dya do in Cie mech?

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20. (Original post by rachelc142)
Lol he does all the quantum mechanics in first year so yeah I will have him haha I remember on the open day my mum was pointing behind me like "isn't that the bloke you like off the telly" and I obviously nearly **** myself thinking he's behind me and I turn and it's just a poster on the wall

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Nope, I've decided I'm possessing your body in your quantum mechanics lectures - no objections! :P

Haha, I would probably be jumping like a little kid in a candy store if that was me!

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