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    (Original post by The Clockwork Apple)
    I'm constantly getting 89% raw marks in all my physics papers (which in UMS is a bit higher I believe). No matter how hard I try, always the same marks.
    If you're unhappy you can always swap grades with me
    The mechanics/fields module in physics suddenly just became very difficult for me. I can apply formula and stuff but I don't know what the questions are asking me most of the time... Your grade is obviously very good- do you have any idea on how to understand what questions are asking you?
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    (Original post by Undisclosed 15)
    Tbf, that's not the worst situation to be in. To improve try to keep learning rather than revising. What I mean by this go slightly beyond the syllabus to gain a deeper understanding of topics and maybe look at examples of how physics relates to real life. You obviously know the theory so just going over it repeatedly won't really help. Keep leaning


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    Thanks for the advice.
    What I generally try to do is to think beyond the syllabus, especially for application questions (medicine and so on, it's a massive chunk with CIE)
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    (Original post by _Caz_)
    If you're unhappy you can always swap grades with me
    The mechanics/fields module in physics suddenly just became very difficult for me. I can apply formula and stuff but I don't know what the questions are asking me most of the time... Your grade is obviously very good- do you have any idea on how to understand what questions are asking you?
    Hahaha Physics comes down to regurgitation and knowing when to apply formulae, which is the reason for why I prefer Chemistry over Physics (I like reasoning better than memorising). Do past papers but remember to go over the small things in your textbook you'd normally ignore. Past papers like asking you 'why' for the stuff you answer (or at least with CIE). In most cases, your textbook has a generic answer for those kind of questions.
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    So I had a meeting with a head of house and my parents today...

    After getting ABB in AS I'm on for CCC...

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    I take back what I said before. I just got an 83% in a paper (although an A in that paper was 63% so it must have been a hard paper?).
    I really really dislike how the Physics mark scheme encourages regurgitation for theory-based questions!
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    (Original post by The Clockwork Apple)
    Hahaha Physics comes down to regurgitation and knowing when to apply formulae, which is the reason for why I prefer Chemistry over Physics (I like reasoning better than memorising). Do past papers but remember to go over the small things in your textbook you'd normally ignore. Past papers like asking you 'why' for the stuff you answer (or at least with CIE). In most cases, your textbook has a generic answer for those kind of questions.
    That's the biggest problem with A Level physics, it's nothing like actual physics! That's why I took all the further pure maths modules and mechanics modules I could in maths, as I knew they would be far more useful for actual physics at uni
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    (Original post by Tibbz2)
    That's the biggest problem with A Level physics, it's nothing like actual physics! That's why I took all the further pure maths modules and mechanics modules I could in maths, as I knew they would be far more useful for actual physics at uni
    I agree. The mechanic modules I do in FM are a lot more interesting.
    The Spanish Baccalaureate's Physics (I have friends doing it) is a lot more like Mechanics.
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    (Original post by The Clockwork Apple)
    I agree. The mechanic modules I do in FM are a lot more interesting.
    The Spanish Baccalaureate's Physics (I have friends doing it) is a lot more like Mechanics.
    It's a shame, if physics was actually like proper physics then I'd be learning both maths and physics at once, but instead im stuck memorizing regurgitated rubbish on radiation from gcse
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    (Original post by Tibbz2)
    That's the biggest problem with A Level physics, it's nothing like actual physics! That's why I took all the further pure maths modules and mechanics modules I could in maths, as I knew they would be far more useful for actual physics at uni
    Yes! I find the mechanics modules in maths and further maths so much better than physics... They just outright ask you what they want you to do rather than skirting around the point to trick people into putting the wrong thing.
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    (Original post by The Clockwork Apple)
    Hahaha Physics comes down to regurgitation and knowing when to apply formulae, which is the reason for why I prefer Chemistry over Physics (I like reasoning better than memorising). Do past papers but remember to go over the small things in your textbook you'd normally ignore. Past papers like asking you 'why' for the stuff you answer (or at least with CIE). In most cases, your textbook has a generic answer for those kind of questions.
    Thank you for your advice. I'm about to do another past paper now haha wish me luck.
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    (Original post by _Caz_)
    Thank you for your advice. I'm about to do another past paper now haha wish me luck.
    Good luck!
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    Is anyone taking Edexcel S3?
    I am indeed.
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    Yet another 89% lol
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    I am sick of past papers already :lol:

    I'm doing this question but this mark scheme is really confusing me, can anyone see where I'm going wrong?

    The first line has two derivatives and the question is about a common tangent when you are given two coordinates (0, 0) and \sqrt{2 \pi}, -\sqrt{2 \pi}:


    So uh, on the second last line, if you substitute in x and y into x \dfrac{dy}{dx}+y=0 you'd get dy/dx = 1?????????? It should be -1.... inb4 I've done something really stupid :lol:

    edit: bet it's a negative sign thing, if you solve -(x \dfrac{dy}{dx}+y), solving for dy/dx first then sticking in a minus in front of the answer you get the required answer...????
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    (Original post by keromedic)
    And then there's me who's not even started past papers as I'm still crammimg content and making notes.
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    Same; I left them till the end. A bit worrying since exams start in 10 days or so for me.
    And look at me here still 19 chapters left for all subjects and I am f*****!
    And my firm offer is A*AA
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    And look at me here still 19 chapters left for all subjects and I am f*****!
    And my firm offer is A*AA
    We'll make it bro .
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    (Original post by keromedic)
    We'll make it bro .
    Exams start in 20 days
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    Wish me luck... French oral.
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    (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
    Wish me luck... French oral.
    Good luck!!!!!!
 
 
 
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