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1. Hi any natscis doing that maths workbook. I don't know why but for SS8 I got a different answer to the answer sheet. Not sure what I've done wrong, anyone else having this issue 😅 X
2. (Original post by josephinemar25)
Hi any natscis doing that maths workbook. I don't know why but for SS8 I got a different answer to the answer sheet. Not sure what I've done wrong, anyone else having this issue 😅 X
3. (Original post by josephinemar25)
Hi any natscis doing that maths workbook. I don't know why but for SS8 I got a different answer to the answer sheet. Not sure what I've done wrong, anyone else having this issue 😅 X
I got it wrong the first time I did that question too. I got the right answer the second time round but I don't know if my method is incorrect or a bit crude. Anyway I got it by getting sec(2theta) = 1/(1-2theta^2) and then multiplying numerator and denominator by (1+2theta^2) - kind of like how you remove complex numbers from the denominator. Since you can disregard any theta with a power higher than 3 then you can disregard the 4theta^4 and so sec(2theta) is approximately 1+2theta^2.
Then I added that on to the sin(1/2theta)cos(theta) approximation.
4. (Original post by PhysicsIP2016)
I got it wrong the first time I did that question too. I got the right answer the second time round but I don't know if my method is incorrect or a bit crude. Anyway I got it by getting sec(2theta) = 1/(1-2theta^2) and then multiplying numerator and denominator by (1+2theta^2) - kind of like how you remove complex numbers from the denominator. Since you can disregard any theta with a power higher than 3 then you can disregard the 4theta^4 and so sec(2theta) is approximately 1+2theta^2.
Then I added that on to the sin(1/2theta)cos(theta) approximation.
Brilliant thank you 😋 I got there in then end 😂. Which college are you going to in October???
5. (Original post by josephinemar25)
Brilliant thank you 😋 I got there in then end 😂. Which college are you going to in October???
Clare College, wbu?
6. (Original post by Zacken)
Accommodation officers. The King's one have been ignoring all our emails for the past few weeks now, so having someone on TSR to talk to to clarify matters would be really nice. I do realise that there's an issue with wildly varying policies for accommodation across colleges but they should still be able to deal with the general questions.
Wow. That's quite unprofessional.

Are you sure you have the right email address?
7. (Original post by Zacken)
Accommodation officers. The King's one have been ignoring all our emails for the past few weeks now, so having someone on TSR to talk to to clarify matters would be really nice. I do realise that there's an issue with wildly varying policies for accommodation across colleges but they should still be able to deal with the general questions.
As far as I know, the university's Accommodation Office (Service) only deal with visiting scholars or postgraduate who have to find accommodation privately or people who want to lent out their property to university-related people.
All the college accommodation is entirely a responsibility of each college and conditions/policies, etc, varies a lot from college to college, and there isn't the university 'Accommodation Officer' as such who oversees all accommodation of all colleges, afaik.

Soma person who's in charge of accommodation of your college is the only person who can help you in matter of your college accommodation.

What sort of things you wanted to know?
8. (Original post by 16Characters....)
Haha better to do that now than midway through a lecture :-) I've not been sent it by my college but I've been doing the pdf version.
I printed out the massive pdf then I got one already printed out in the post the next day haha.
9. (Original post by vincrows)
What sort of things you wanted to know?
alow Zacken

Accommodation problem posts moved here
10. (Original post by PhysicsIP2016)
Clare College, wbu?
I'm Fitz, probs see you at lectures and stuff. What courses are you thinking??? I'm picking chemistry, physics, material science and probably going to do maths B see how it goes and if not drop to maths A 😀
11. (Original post by nestkitt)
I printed out the massive pdf then I got one already printed out in the post the next day haha.
Haha that must have been annoying. I've just been doing it off the screen; so far no issues but when I was doing STEP I'd sometimes misread the question and spend ages trying to do something impossible.
12. (Original post by josephinemar25)
I'm Fitz, probs see you at lectures and stuff. What courses are you thinking??? I'm picking chemistry, physics, material science and probably going to do maths B see how it goes and if not drop to maths A 😀
Awesome! Yeah we most likely will I'm doing Physics, Materials, Physiology and will attempt Maths B too 😂
13. (Original post by PhysicsIP2016)
Awesome! Yeah we most likely will I'm doing Physics, Materials, Physiology and will attempt Maths B too 😂
We're quite similar, physiology is an interesting choice 😀. Ha ha I know 😂 Will have to see how it goes.
14. (Original post by josephinemar25)
We're quite similar, physiology is an interesting choice 😀. Ha ha I know 😂 Will have to see how it goes.
Yeah, on account of my lack of chemistry I thought it looked the most interesting! 😅
Only a few weeks left! :O
15. (Original post by alow)
Wow. That's quite unprofessional.

Are you sure you have the right email address?
It's weird because King's are usually very quick with their emails, I used to get replies 10 minutes after an email with their admissions team. Maybe the accom officer is on holiday or something.

And yeah, a friend of mine contacted her two weeks ago and I sent an email to the general undergraduate office last week, she forwarded my email onto the accom officer and weirdly enough, I got a reply a few hours after that post.

(Original post by vincrows)
[...] All the college accommodation is entirely a responsibility of each college and conditions/policies, etc, varies a lot from college to college, and there isn't the university 'Accommodation Officer' as such who oversees all accommodation of all colleges, afaik. [...]

What sort of things you wanted to know?
I sorta thought that might be the case, oh well.

I had to email them to confirm that I'd be requiring the room a day early for internationals (they asked us in the pack to send them an email) - I wanted to know from what time I could come (didn't want to be wandering around Cam with my suitcase for hours whilst I wait for them to open the accomodation) and whether or not the cafeteria would be open on that day that I come up.

But I've gotten a reply now - turns out they open at 9 a.m and they do have the cafeteria open (but no member rates till I pick up my student card on the next Monday) so that works out well for me.
16. (Original post by Zacken)
It's weird because King's are usually very quick with their emails, I used to get replies 10 minutes after an email with their admissions team. Maybe the accom officer is on holiday or something.
That's VERY likely, I think.

I sorta thought that might be the case, oh well.

I had to email them to confirm that I'd be requiring the room a day early for internationals (they asked us in the pack to send them an email) - I wanted to know from what time I could come (didn't want to be wandering around Cam with my suitcase for hours whilst I wait for them to open the accomodation) and whether or not the cafeteria would be open on that day that I come up.

But I've gotten a reply now - turns out they open at 9 a.m and they do have the cafeteria open (but no member rates till I pick up my student card on the next Monday) so that works out well for me.
A question like that is definitely for an individual college to answer even IF there were a university accommodation officer (there isn't).
If you're international, I think you can arrive anytime you want (as long as it's a civilized time, not like 3 am or something....). And if your room isn't ready when you arrive, I'm sure the porter will let you leave your suitcases with them while you're killing your time in the town. They have a storage space for storing goods delivered, etc. so a couple of large suitcases or so shouldn't be a problem.

There're always some postgraduates (and perhaps a few undergraduates) arriving a few days/ a week or so early, or some even staying over summer. (esp. international postgrads). Either cafe or buttery (or both, if you're lucky) should be open to cater them.
But if it isn't, you'll be at King's, there're many coffee shops and other eateries nearby, what are you worrying about!
17. (Original post by vincrows)
...
At this point, I feel like I'm making things up to be worried about just for the sake of it.

(Thank you!)
18. (Original post by Zacken)
At this point, I feel like I'm making things up to be worried about just for the sake of it.

(Thank you!)
You are.....eh.....very excited about the prospect of coming to Cambridge.
That's what it is.
19. (Original post by vincrows)
You are.....eh.....very excited about the prospect of coming to Cambridge.
That's what it is.
3 weeks left!!.

I'm very excited about it most of the time, but sometimes when it's late and I'm in a sort of mood, I get rather scared of the whole thing: not making friends, being away from family properly for the first time ever, leaving my friends behind, etc... but I manage to shake it off by the morning and get all excited again.
20. (Original post by Zacken)
3 weeks left!!.

I'm very excited about it most of the time, but sometimes when it's late and I'm in a sort of mood, I get rather scared of the whole thing: not making friends, being away from family properly for the first time ever, leaving my friends behind, etc... but I manage to shake it off by the morning and get all excited again.
As I said to Serine Sоul, it's marriage blue, Cambridge-version. But your symptoms seems more intermittent type.....

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