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Sorry for the irrelevant question but I have been struggling to decide on my 4th A-Level option since I heard how hard maths is. I'm currently working towards an A. Lots of the available courses seem stupid, I have narrowed it down to Maths, Economics or RE (basically because they are the only ones that I don't need to have studied at GCSE or that end in 'studies'). I think I would prefer Maths because it's more respected by universities than the other 2, and also I can't really assess whether I enjoy RE with only one lesson of it per week. My weakness is shapes really, (similar shapes, Pythagoras, the sin cos tan thing, and circle theorems) so I want to know what it involves at AS especially. I prefer algebra.

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I'm afraid trigonometry and algebra tend to go hand-in-hand! You're gonna encounter both in A-level Maths!
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(Original post by staticas)
Sorry for the irrelevant question but I have been struggling to decide on my 4th A-Level option since I heard how hard maths is. I'm currently working towards an A. Lots of the available courses seem stupid, I have narrowed it down to Maths, Economics or RE (basically because they are the only ones that I don't need to have studied at GCSE or that end in 'studies'). I think I would prefer Maths because it's more respected by universities than the other 2, and also I can't really assess whether I enjoy RE with only one lesson of it per week. My weakness is shapes really, (similar shapes, Pythagoras, the sin cos tan thing, and circle theorems) so I want to know what it involves at AS especially. I prefer algebra.

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If you cannot do trig you will struggle

However, if your algebra is good, I do not see why you would struggle with trig anyway
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It is harder but if you enjoy maths then you might love it! Speak to your teachers they'll tell you more
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A-level maths involves trig but in a more algebraic way (if that makes sense) so I reckon you'll be fine I'd recommend it to anyone, it's a versatile and well-regarded a-level!
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I'd advise you, before you just write off doing maths due to the trig (there's a lot!) to spend one afternoon on a weekend for a couple of hours just relearning it, internet videos, textbooks whatever works for you. It's not difficult once you've got your head around it and if you're working towards an A you should be capable of doing so. It may not be the most fun afternoon but it is important.
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I'd advise you, before you just write off doing maths due to the trig (there's a lot!) to spend one afternoon on a weekend for a couple of hours just relearning it, internet videos, textbooks whatever works for you. It's not difficult once you've got your head around it and if you're working towards an A you should be capable of doing so. It may not be the most fun afternoon but it is important.
I think it's more recognising when and where I have to apply a certain method? Like I can never work out when to use Pythagoras and when to use Sin cos tan. But I'll try that out, thank you


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I think it's more recognising when and where I have to apply a certain method? Like I can never work out when to use Pythagoras and when to use Sin cos tan. But I'll try that out, thank you


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No worries, that sounds like something that's probably not been explained very well to you rather than a weakness of your own :-)
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I think it's more recognising when and where I have to apply a certain method? Like I can never work out when to use Pythagoras and when to use Sin cos tan. But I'll try that out, thank you
This sounds like a misunderstanding of the basics and that is a real worry

If you do not understand the difference between a Pythagoras question and a Trig question that suggests that you have been learning to answer questions rather than to understand the material

I would suggest looking at one of the "bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level" books that are available (Amazon and other places) to see how much of the material you feel totally comfortable with
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