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1. (Original post by Insight314)
ok ignore me then

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I was only on tsr and replied then went straight off sorry.

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2. (Original post by Insight314)
Mechanics 5 notation is so messed up in the textbooks. Isn't the proper notation for torque/moment of a force/couple as and angular momentum is ? They use L for moment of a force and no notation for angular momentum lol. They need to get their notation straight.

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No your right. Just use it and it will be fine.
For Ch 5 just do all the questions tbh practice is the only thing that will make it better.!

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3. Eugghhhhh I have done every single question from every single paper from 2003 onwards in STEP 1 and I am still incredibly unconfident. And what's worse is that I only need a 2. Given that the exam is in 12 days, should I just focus on going through past papers and doing questions that I am strong in? Should I do papers from before 2003? How do I build confidence? What do?
4. (Original post by jacobe)
Eugghhhhh I have done every single question from every single paper from 2003 onwards in STEP 1 and I am still incredibly unconfident. And what's worse is that I only need a 2. Given that the exam is in 12 days, should I just focus on going through past papers and doing questions that I am strong in? Should I do papers from before 2003? How do I build confidence? What do?
Do recent step II ppers as they are harder. It won't build confidence it will just give you more preperation.

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5. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Do recent step II ppers as they are harder. It won't build confidence it will just give you more preperation.

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Do you mean STEP 1 or do you mean I should do recent STEP 2 papers to prepare me for STEP 1?
6. (Original post by jacobe)
Do you mean STEP 1 or do you mean I should do recent STEP 2 papers to prepare me for STEP 1?
The latter

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7. (Original post by physicsmaths)
No your right. Just use it and it will be fine.
For Ch 5 just do all the questions tbh practice is the only thing that will make it better.!

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All right thanks m8. Are you saying that I should do the Chapter 5 review questions? I haven't done most of them so gonna start working through them from today. I just tried doing a past paper, and although Chapter 1-4 questions were easy, I just couldn't do the Chapter 5 questions and they make up like half the paper.

I need to make sure I am confident with Chapter 5 since that material comes up so often in the mech section of STEP III.

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8. (Original post by Insight314)
All right thanks m8. Are you saying that I should do the Chapter 5 review questions? I haven't done most of them so gonna start working through them from today. I just tried doing a past paper, and although Chapter 1-4 questions were easy, I just couldn't do the Chapter 5 questions and they make up like half the paper.

I need to make sure I am confident with Chapter 5 since that material comes up so often in the mech section of STEP III.

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Yep review are the best.

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9. (Original post by Number Nine)
just did a mock

me
Me also.
10. Guys and gals, use spoilers for post 2013, because people are still saving them for mocks.
Like this:

2014 II:
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Ye, cool paper. Banta.
11. (Original post by EricPiphany)
Guys and gals, use spoilers for post 2013, because people are still saving them for mocks.
Like this:

2014 II:
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Ye, cool paper. Banta.
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Twas a moderately banterous paper but I preferred III 2014.

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13. (Original post by jjsnyder)

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14. STEP II 2014, mock:
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Question 1. 37 min.
Question 2. 26 min. I didn't do what they expected in the mark scheme for the counterexamples, I considered f(x) = x. Silly me. But it seemed to have worked nonetheless.
Question 3. 37 min. A little of a **** up. BTW you don't actually have to integrate for the equation of the circle, you can just eliminate y' between two equations, after you have differentiated.
Question 4. 28 min. I let k = a, and integrated by parts. It worked, so what the **** do I care.
Question 5. 19 min. I messed up on the evaluation of the constant of integration right at the end. I also emitted the argument for dy/dx = dY/dX, which was worth two marks. I think the mark scheme has ****ed the final answer over also though.
Question 7. 22 min. Did a whole graphical analysis for the last part which I don't think they expected, but my answer matches.

If someone wants to mark what I've done, I can send them a link.
15. (Original post by IrrationalRoot)
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Twas a moderately banterous paper but I preferred III 2014.
Tomorrow, God willing.
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I wrote God willing although I'm an atheist, lol.
16. (Original post by EricPiphany)
Tomorrow, God willing.
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I wrote God willing although I'm an atheist, lol.
Yay
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just after watching a dawkins ted talk it was a pleasant surprise
17. (Original post by EricPiphany)

STEP II 2014, mock:
Spoiler:
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Question 1. 37 min.
Question 2. 26 min. I didn't do what they expected in the mark scheme for the counterexamples, I considered f(x) = x. Silly me. But it seemed to have worked nonetheless.
Question 3. 37 min. A little of a **** up. BTW you don't actually have to integrate for the equation of the circle, you can just eliminate y' between two equations, after you have differentiated.
Question 4. 28 min. I let k = a, and integrated by parts. It worked, so what the **** do I care.
Question 5. 19 min. I messed up on the evaluation of the constant of integration right at the end. I also emitted the argument for dy/dx = dY/dX, which was worth two marks. I think the mark scheme has ****ed the final answer over also though.
Question 7. 22 min. Did a whole graphical analysis for the last part which I don't think they expected, but my answer matches.

If someone wants to mark what I've done, I can send them a link.
Can you wait until tommorow morning (I'll do it as a mock) so that I send mine to you as well?
I want to see other candidates' mathematical style and I'll try to check them
18. (Original post by Vesniep)
Can you wait until tommorow morning (I'll do it as a mock) so that I send mine to you as well?
I want to see how other candidates' mathematical style and I'll try to check them
Me too
19. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Yep review are the best.

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What is more productive - working through III 90s papers or practicing complex numbers/vectors/mech questions? I kind of practice mech questions while doing 90s papers since their pure section often contains set theory/matrices/group theory which wouldn't be useful for my STEP prep so for six questions I normally dive into applied. However, working through the 90s papers helps out my exam technique since I do the papers as timed mocks whereas working through the new spec questions I haven't answered would not act as a mock, so progress would be more difficult to monitor.

Since I have decided to leave 2015 for a week before the real exams (next weekend is I/II and in two weeks is III) I am four days ahead of schedule so I have four days during which I can do four timed mocks. After that I will be doing 90s timed mocks on Mon/Wed/Sat and complex numbers/vectors/mech practice questions in between. This means that I can choose to either spend my four days doing one 90s paper every day or 3/4 hours of practice with complex numbers, vectors and mechanics. What do you think is the best route I should take?

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20. (Original post by gasfxekl)
Me too
Are you a Cambridge offer-holder?

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