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# Physics 2014 Entry Hopefuls! watch

1. (Original post by alow)
Thanks!

Now to learn all of the differential equations/ vectors stuff from Further Maths to prepare...
differential equations are the bomb! FP3 vectors I found difficult though, just conceptually, I find it hard to visualise where everything is
2. (Original post by PhysicsLeopard)
differential equations are the bomb! FP3 vectors I found difficult though, just conceptually, I find it hard to visualise where everything is

Yeah I just had a look through my FP3 book and some of it looks challenging, but I'm sure it'll be interesting to learn
3. (Original post by alow)
Yeah I just had a look through my FP3 book and some of it looks challenging, but I'm sure it'll be interesting to learn
Exactly how I found AS FP and will probably find A2, interesting but challenging, so far A2 hasn't been hard but I just look ahead and it seems it won't stay like that
4. (Original post by Moist Penguin)
Exactly how I found AS FP and will probably find A2, interesting but challenging, so far A2 hasn't been hard but I just look ahead and it seems it won't stay like that
Yeah other than FP3 everything looks pretty straightforward.

I've got a whole year to learn it all though so hopefully I'll get a good grade
5. (Original post by alow)
Yeah other than FP3 everything looks pretty straightforward.

I've got a whole year to learn it all though so hopefully I'll get a good grade
According to people who did A2 FP last year they found FP3 easier than FP2 but one of my friends whose school is doing both C3 C4 FP2 and FP3 all in parallel FP3 is harder so I guess it is down to personal preference
6. (Original post by Moist Penguin)
According to people who did A2 FP last year they found FP3 easier than FP2 but one of my friends whose school is doing both C3 C4 FP2 and FP3 all in parallel FP3 is harder so I guess it is down to personal preference
in my experience, FP2 was harder on the whole, it was just the vectors topic in FP3 that was annoying. but it's all maths and maths is amazing
7. Theoretical physics at Edinburgh Sorry to disappoint but I too am a boy!
8. (Original post by Mr Pauli)
Theoretical physics at Edinburgh Sorry to disappoint but I too am a boy!
Have you been offered a place yet? Or are you applying there?
9. (Original post by IlariaM)
Have you been offered a place yet? Or are you applying there?
Applying, maybe going to opt for second year entry!
10. Hi, i'm Oli.

I'm doing Chemistry, Physics and Maths this year.

Looking to Apply for Nottingham for Medicinal Physics (AAA), and Durham (A*AA) for Physics with Chemistry, aswell as Notts again as a potential insurance offer for chem and molecular physics (AAB), aswell as liverpool for Physics with Medical Applications (AAB). And then Sheffield Chemistry on an ABB to help me sleep at night.

Spent a long time considering Oxford in my Sheffield slot, but their course was just awful in my opinion. I mean, I highly doubt I would put Sheffield even as insurance, but just having it there, knowing that come March the proverbial could be spewing itself at the fan and offending the monkeys is sort of comforting. Way too much maths at the Oxford course. Not complaining about it because i'm bad at maths (that's where my A* could be) but because I don't think that in reality Physics is really 65% maths and 35% actually understanding Physics. Interestingly, Nottingham is ranked higher than Oxford in the times guide for Physics. So I put Durham in my A*AA place instead. Came down to the old cliche of my head saying Oxford, purely because it's Oxford, (and being able to say I turned them down) but my heart saying Durham, because the place and the course was great.

I sent my application off last Friday, and am really, really freaking out about it, and I don't know why!

Do you think there are genuinely any far better unis than Nottingham for Physics who would offer an AAA, both in terms of general reputation and course reputation?

I'm stuck thinking that i'm somehow underselling myself by realistically aiming for Nottingham when 3 people in my year (of 75. Small sixth form, but we are the largest year we have ever had. I do prefer it that way) are applying to Oxbridge, and they are looking at the same grades at me. And then I realise that i'm doing a difficult course like Physics (woo difficulty!) and they are trading up to Oxford with their courses, and i'm trading down unis for a better course, so any advice to calm my nerves would be a massive help! My head of year already had to both laugh and yell at me to fully send off my application, because I was too nervous to click send

I was thinking about St. Andrews but it seems a bit too far from home, and at least at nottingham i'm aware of at least 1 person I know who wants to apply there (not affecting my decision, but I class myself as the introvert physicist, as opposed to the manic crazy hair physicist, and knowing people would be nice.)

Best of luck to you all, and if any of you may end up in the same neck of the woods as me, I look forward to seeing some of you!
11. I just sent my application AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
12. I'm sending mine of tomorrow then I can forget about it and focus on my studies

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13. (Original post by Moist Penguin)
I'm sending mine of tomorrow then I can forget about it and focus on my studies

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I will be so impressed if you manage to forget about it once you've sent it off

brb checking my emails for the millionth time​ please somewhere love me
14. (Original post by PhysicsLeopard)
I will be so impressed if you manage to forget about it once you've sent it off

brb checking my emails for the millionth time​ please somewhere love me
hahah so true! i even check my track afterwards just in case something went wrong with my email....

have you not heard anything back at all? I've got a visit day at bristol and home status at st.andrews(im applying from overseas so this is a pleasant surprise), at least its something!
15. (Original post by Jozden)
hahah so true! i even check my track afterwards just in case something went wrong with my email....

have you not heard anything back at all? I've got a visit day at bristol and home status at st.andrews(im applying from overseas so this is a pleasant surprise), at least its something!
nah I've had acknowledgements from everywhere except imperial, including the dreaded SAQ for cambridge! aw the bristol visit days are nice. I applied there last year
16. I am doing Phys, Maths, FM and Chem...

Applied to Cambridge, Durham, Lancaster, St Andrews, Edinburgh...

Confirmation emails from all... Sent off my SAQ today...

And I have an interview at Lancaster...

I can confirm it's a relief once you get it all sent off..!
17. I've gotten everything sorted out now and have conformation of the receiving of the application from all my choices and also interviews from Lancaster, Manchester and Leeds
18. (Original post by PhysicsLeopard)
nah I've had acknowledgements from everywhere except imperial, including the dreaded SAQ for cambridge! aw the bristol visit days are nice. I applied there last year
what did you do at the visit days, guessing they're quite informal? and what did you apply for last year/what made you take a gap year? sorry all for the questions im just a little bit curious
19. (Original post by vandanparmar)
I am doing Phys, Maths, FM and Chem...

Applied to Cambridge, Durham, Lancaster, St Andrews, Edinburgh...

Confirmation emails from all... Sent off my SAQ today...

And I have an interview at Lancaster...

I can confirm it's a relief once you get it all sent off..!
ahh exactly the same subjects as me, and four of the same unis! i'm imperial rather than lancaster though which college at cambridge/durham?
20. (Original post by Jozden)
what did you do at the visit days, guessing they're quite informal? and what did you apply for last year/what made you take a gap year? sorry all for the questions im just a little bit curious
oh yeah they're really casual, you just have a look round the halls and the physics department, and we did a quiz and stuff (they gave us pizza!) and then they split you into little groups for a bit where you have a little discussion in a room on a physics topic, and work through a problem together. It was fun!

applied for the exact same thing last year, physics/natural sciences. decided to take a gap year if i got the grades i wanted, so i could try to improve my application and have another shot at cambridge

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