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Which Further Maths modules are good preparations for STEP?? watch

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    Would it be helpful to do some further maths modules? FP3, M3 M4, S3 S4 and Decision maths, which one(s) would be good preparations for STEP?

    Maybe not decision maths but rest, yes!

    FP3 is a must.

    M3 is helpful, as circular motion is a very common topic in STEP III (I'm aware this is an M2 topic on some boards) - also differential equations are always on the pure section, even if you only meet them in mechanics modules (like WJEC).
    M4, not so much, unless mechanics is really your thing. Topics worth looking at are relative motion and rotational dynamics.

    S3 and S4... Not really. They're more 'synoptic' units - in STEP you're really only sticking to Binomial, Poisson and Normal distributions (and the theory that goes with them) and PDF theory.
    Topics that sometimes comes up in III though are generating functions (though this is rare), and questions including covariance.

    Very few candidates do the S4/M4/M5 STEP questions though...
    It's far better to know topics very well, than to learn new ones to attempt more questions and not get very far!

    Well for STEP I and II you need C1-4, M1-2 ( for mechanics questions), S1-S2 (for stats questions)

    Doing anything beyond that (FP modules) will not be as beneficial as actually doing STEP questions.

    For STEP III you'll want to do all the FP modules and I'm not sure about Mech and Stats.
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    Thanks guys that's really helpful
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