# Anyone doing AQA Maths A2?

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16 years ago
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I have a Letts AS revision guide which I bought myself, now it's only good for P2 and my M1 resit. We also have these handouts that our teacher made himself, which are very thorough. Still I think I'll try and purchase the A2 brother of the Letts guide though I'll only need it for P3 and S2 (don't think it'll cover P6).
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16 years ago
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(Original post by PhilipsCDRW)
I've just checked now, and Letts Revise A2 Mathematics does not cover AQA P6, I'm afraid.
Shame. Good job I have that fat 100+ page handout. I won't even get a B in P6 anyway so no point
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16 years ago
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(Original post by PhilipsCDRW)
I don't work as well in pure maths than in mechanics. The thing about Pure is that it generally doesn't make intuitive sense. In mechanics, I learn that for instance momentum is proportional to speed and mass and I know that it's right as I read it. In pure I learn the double angle formula and I just see a formula. That means I have to sit down and memorise it and that I need to know it for the exam or I'm stuck.

In P4 I had to completely skip a question on the graphs of a circle because I failed to revise it beforehand, and consequently got a borderline C grade that brought my overall maths grade to a B.
In Mechanics I could at least begin to answer a question on an unfamiliar topic.
I've seen the proof of the double angles but not looked at it properly so I haven't grasped it either. I find them easy to remember apart from the tan versions. Good job they're in the formula book.

You did P4 for maths as opposed to further maths?!
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16 years ago
#5
I totally agree, Mechanics is probably the best part of the maths course (if you ignore the Physics lot who know everything already) and a lot easier to learn. My teacher keeps insisting that Pure is "exciting".. hmm..

By the way- I'm using SMP 16-19 books and ME1 books (<-- but that's mostly for the edexcel syllabus) Would you recommend the Letts revision books?
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16 years ago
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(Original post by Elle)
I totally agree, Mechanics is probably the best part of the maths course (if you ignore the Physics lot who know everything already) and a lot easier to learn. My teacher keeps insisting that Pure is "exciting".. hmm..

By the way- I'm using SMP 16-19 books and ME1 books (<-- but that's mostly for the edexcel syllabus. Do you recommend the Letts revision books?
I think pure maths is fun to be honest, same with M1 but I struggled to grasp it at first. I prefer statistics, it's just number-crunching.

And I do recommend the Letts books as revision guides, but you'll need more questions than they offer you for a decent level of practice.
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16 years ago
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(Original post by XTinaA)
I think pure maths is fun to be honest, same with M1 but I struggled to grasp it at first. I prefer statistics, it's just number-crunching.

And I do recommend the Letts books as revision guides, but you'll need more questions than they offer you for a decent level of practice.
That's ok, as long as they explain theory better than the SMP books..

fun? ..lol, I'll remeber that when I'm freaking out in the Pure exam
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16 years ago
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(Original post by Elle)
That's ok, as long as they explain theory better than the SMP books..

fun? ..lol, I'll remeber that when I'm freaking out in the Pure exam
Apologies it's just fun getting that feeling when you crack a maths problem, that's why I've gone with maths over economics for uni. And it's great to bury your head in maths when times are hard. You want to do law, you wouldn't understand
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16 years ago
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(Original post by XTinaA)
Apologies it's just fun getting that feeling when you crack a maths problem, that's why I've gone with maths over economics for uni. And it's great to bury your head in maths when times are hard. You want to do law, you wouldn't understand
lol! ...and that's why Mathematicians are so eccentric.. the subject makes crazy (don't say you weren't warned!)
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16 years ago
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(Original post by Elle)
lol! ...and that's why Mathematicians are so eccentric.. the subject makes crazy (don't say you weren't warned!)
Too late

I prefer eccentric to lunatic, it's more endearing...
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16 years ago
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(Original post by XTinaA)
Apologies it's just fun getting that feeling when you crack a maths problem, that's why I've gone with maths over economics for uni. And it's great to bury your head in maths when times are hard. You want to do law, you wouldn't understand
Yes that "feeling" made me apply to do Maths and Economics...i think they r both fun ;/
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