# Hardest GCSE Mathematics Topics

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Poll: Which topic do you find the hardest?
Surds (5)
20.83%
Fractional and Negative Indices (0)
0%
Inverse Proportion (1)
4.17%
Completing the Square (2)
8.33%
Simultaneous Equations Involving a Quadratic (0)
0%
Sine and Cosine Rule (3)
12.5%
Graphs of Trigonometric Functions (2)
8.33%
Volume of Frustums (1)
4.17%
Vectors (7)
29.17%
Stratified Sampling (0)
0%
Histograms (3)
12.5%
#1
Which topic do you find hardest? I vote surds!

I've put the ones that I find hard in the poll, but please do comment on any others
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8 years ago
#2
It's not that bad, however remembering it all is going to be a task, because everything is going to be mumbo-jumbo come exam day.
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8 years ago
#3
I think surds are okay, once you know how to do them your ready

I voted sine and cosine rule but i wouldn't say that was too difficult, but i would say unit 3 is harder than units 1 and 2. I don't like shapes very much :P Circle theorems are the topic i find most difficult, i always forget to give proof and i can tell i'll end up forgetting them in the exam :/
0
8 years ago
#4
3D trig, have to really think to fathom it!
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8 years ago
#5
Vectors are the worse, I could do the really simple stuff but I was terrible at the rest in vectors. I came out with A though! Histograms are the easiest subject from the poll. Sine and cosine are alsofairly easy once you learn it thoroughly.
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8 years ago
#6
Anything involving 3D and applying algebra to worded problems. Took me about three months to get these
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8 years ago
#7
Inverse proportion, Vectors, and some of the 3D Trigonometry questions can be really tedious. Also some of the algebraic fractions ones are absolute killers especially when you stumble across them in the exam and keep trying to figure out how to simplify horrendous expressions! Total blank out.
0
8 years ago
#8
Definetley vectors, it took me at leats 2 or 3 weeks before I finally understood it. I hate it so much!
0
8 years ago
#9
Vectors, Are so complicated! simply don't know why i'd need to know it & how will it help me in the future?
0
8 years ago
#10
Rearranging forumula such as the lens formula.

e.g Make u the subject of

0
8 years ago
#11
wait till A level Vectors :'(
0
8 years ago
#12
(Original post by Tunechi)
wait till A level Vectors :'(
Do you do A-level maths now?

What's the difference between this and GCSE vectors and which module are you referring to?

PS: I remember you commenting on that parallel universe thread I was posting on yesterday.
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8 years ago
#13
(Original post by Cubic)
Do you do A-level maths now?

What's the difference between this and GCSE vectors and which module are you referring to?

PS: I remember you commenting on that parallel universe thread I was posting on yesterday.
I finnished it and got an A.....however i think I scraped an A, this was my hardest topic I didnt answer the question in the exam.I did Cambridge International A levels. Here is a paper from november 2009 http://www.xtremepapers.com/CIE/Inte..._w09_qp_32.pdf.... question 10 is the vector question.There are also other questions you can look at.

I do not know which exam board you will do your exams from so I don't know if you will do this.

Gcse vectors are nothing like A2 vectors, in A2 vectors you work with planes in space and distances and angles between the planes, and you learn other things
1
8 years ago
#14
(Original post by Tunechi)
I finnished it and got an A.....however i think I scraped an A, this was my hardest topic I didnt answer the question in the exam.I did Cambridge International A levels. Here is a paper from november 2009 http://www.xtremepapers.com/CIE/Inte..._w09_qp_32.pdf.... question 10 is the vector question.There are also other questions you can look at.

I do not know which exam board you will do your exams from so I don't know if you will do this.

Gcse vectors are nothing like A2 vectors, in A2 vectors you work with planes in space and distances and angles between the planes, and you learn other things
Thanks for the reply. I wish I could start college now, much more interesting.
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8 years ago
#15
SURDS.

They should be the easiest thing- but whilst I could do the more difficult stuff- I still could not get my head around the simple abominations- that are surds. btw- i haven't done maths for a-level- so i shall never know how to do them. >_>
0
8 years ago
#16
(Original post by Cubic)
Thanks for the reply. I wish I could start college now, much more interesting.

True... A level maths is amazing, best subject I ever took. Calculus is brilliant!
0
8 years ago
#17
Never really understood those prime questions, and those frequency density nonsense.
0
#18
This is really interesting, I had no idea that Vectors would be ranked the hardest!
0
7 months ago
#19
(Original post by jennifer.tariah)
Vectors, Are so complicated! simply don't know why i'd need to know it & how will it help me in the future?
If you work in engineering, it is useful to represent lines of action as vectors. You may have heard of scalars and vectors in your physics lessons. Mechanics aside, no subject is meant to help you for the future, maths the least so
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7 months ago
#20
functions and iterations (╥﹏╥)
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