# STEP 2013 SolutionsWatch

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#21
(Original post by Brister)
How do you figure out the direction for friction? Sorry if you explained it already, but it is hard to read your attachments.
Sorry about the poor quality. The direction of the friction is always in the opposite direction to where the object would move if there were none. So as the system would just fall down without the friction, friction acts upwards on the top ball and downward (and to the right/left for the left/right ball respectively) for the bottom ones. Always perpendicular to the normal reaction, of course.

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#22
I had to practice some drawing on a software, so enjoy.

Question 4

Preliminary stuff

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The line passing through with gradient has the equation and the unit circle has equation .

Hence,

implies that

.

It follows that the midpoint has -coordinate , and from that we see that its -coordinate is

.

Therefore, the midpoint is .

First part

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Since is fixed, the locus of is given by the parametric equations

and .

Clearly, .

The above equation shows that, since is fixed, the locus is a straight line.

Now, the length is

which is just .

The sketch looks like the following.

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Second part (a)

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Now is fixed, so the parametric equations are and .

Letting , for , we see that

and

It follows that .

Bearing the interval in mind, we see that this traces out a complete circle. The sketch below.

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Second part (b)

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Now, both and vary, but .

Using , we can let , in the previous part, and notice that .

Hence,

and
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Therefore, .

Again, bearing the interval we see that it is a quarter of the circle. Sketch below.

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When drawing it, notice that .
for the prelim stuff why not simply use the sum of the roots and then half it for the x coordinate of M?

In part (ii)(a) the point (a,0) in NOT included!!

In part (ii) (b) the point (0,-1) is not included
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#23
(Original post by mikelbird)
for the prelim stuff why not simply use the sum of the roots and then half it for the x coordinate of M?
Because STEP II is based on A-level Maths content.

In part (ii)(a) the point (a,0) in NOT included!!
You are right. I forgot to mention it.

In part (ii) (b) the point (0,-1) is not included
I didn't claim it was included.
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5 years ago
#24
Because STEP II is based on A-level Maths content.

Playing around with the roots of quadratic equations IS part of A level!
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#25
(Original post by DJMayes)
Q7 – STEP II

Part i):
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Hence the second solution reduces to the first and is therefore a solution if the first is a solution.

Part ii):
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If x is odd and y is even, then write and :

Part iii):

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Now, b is a prime number meaning that has four possible factors – 1, b, and . Let’s examine each of these in turn:

,

This solves to get which is not possible as a and b are both positive integers.

,

,

,

This solves for which is not possible as a and b are both positive integers, yet b squared is greater than b implying that a = 0.

,

,

Now, our final part – we need to find integer solutions of these equations for a, b and c where b is not prime. The easiest place to start is with b and c. From our final solution, we are after a square number which, when doubled, gives us the product of two consecutive numbers. Trying the obvious ones (1-10) and doubling we find that if c = 6, 2c^2 = 72 = 8x9, giving b=8 as a non prime solution, which is what we want. Finally, plugging in b to the equation with a yields a = 28, so a possible set of integer solutions is a=28, b=8, c=6.
I think part I is incomplete and the solution could be used in part III
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#26
Nobody is writing up a solution for step II Q1?
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#27
(Original post by mathsymathsy)
Nobody is writing up a solution for step II Q1?
OK...If you want one....
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5 years ago
#28
(Original post by mikelbird)
Because STEP II is based on A-level Maths content.

Playing around with the roots of quadratic equations IS part of A level!
And it is in the Step specification!!
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5 years ago
#29
(Original post by mikelbird)
And it is in the Step specification!!
For STEP III I would imagine, it is in FP1 on OCR.
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#30
(Original post by mikelbird)
OK...If you want one....
Step II is complete now
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#31
(Original post by metaltron)
For STEP III I would imagine, it is in FP1 on OCR.
no..for Step 2...it talks about a cubic and knowing that the constant is the product of the roots....but yes you are right about OCR!
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#32
(Original post by mikelbird)
no..for Step 2...it talks about a cubic and knowing that the constant is the product of the roots....but yes you are right about OCR!
What's this rant about? If you don't like the quadratic formula, then don't use it. The specification of STEP I and II is the same and, in particular, you are not required to know the Viète formulae. The example you gave is likely to instead emphasise identities and comparing coefficients. I tried to produce a solution that resembles official solutions, which I recall use the formula.
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5 years ago
#33
Oh dear...this was never meaning to be a rant. All I wanted to point out is a quick and easy ( and something well within the capabilities of a good A level student) method of getting a result. The fact that I pointed out the fact seems to have enraged you.. I apologise profusely but still believe that it was a better method... You don't have to. Let's leave it there.
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#34
(Original post by mikelbird)
The fact that I pointed out the fact seems to have enraged you.. I apologise profusely but still believe that it was a better method...
I apologise then. It is a better method -- there is no question about that. It didn't 'enrage' me, I just didn't see a reason why you would ask.
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#35
(Original post by mathsymathsy)
I think part I is incomplete and the solution could be used in part III
Damn. When I did the question I missed the "hence find". However, I had x as 3 and y=2 as my first solution, so would this likely lose marks?
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5 years ago
#36
(Original post by mathsymathsy)
I think part I is incomplete and the solution could be used in part III

Although it is incomplete, I think they won't give u the credit for writing down the solution for x^2-2y^2=1...in the previous year there was one question asking you to write down the cube from 1 to 10...the report said no mark is given.
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#37
(Original post by DJMayes)
Damn. When I did the question I missed the "hence find". However, I had x as 3 and y=2 as my first solution, so would this likely lose marks?
I missed the writing down part...and used nonsense logic to argue ii)...throw away easy marks sigh...
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#38
(Original post by cpdavis)
Question 5:
To see when , we use our diagram as an aid and you see that
You are forgetting to adjust your ranges such that they do not include the values for which is undefined
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#39
(Original post by DJMayes)
Damn. When I did the question I missed the "hence find". However, I had x as 3 and y=2 as my first solution, so would this likely lose marks?
Ouch. Perhaps. No more than 1 or 2, though, provided the rest of the question is good. Because, if that's all good, then the last part is just trivial experimentation.
Meh, no issues. From what I see, I reckon you can still gun for a near-perfect score.
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#40
(Original post by Jkn)
You are forgetting to adjust your ranges such that they do not include the values for which is undefined
Why yes, I knew I forgot something will update solution later today in addition to the original OP. and will also stick in a sketch too

also, did someone do a complete solution to Q3? I've not had a chance to look at solutions as I'm finishing off my work for supervisor
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