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I know there was a thread on this at some point,I just can't find it.

So,is it harder? And s it possible to learn fp3 wthout knowing fp2?

So,is it harder? And s it possible to learn fp3 wthout knowing fp2?

Most people say FP2 is harder than FP3.

And yes you can study FP3 without knowledge of FP2.

And yes you can study FP3 without knowledge of FP2.

valeryblack

I know there was a thread on this at some point,I just can't find it.

So,is it harder? And s it possible to learn fp3 wthout knowing fp2?

So,is it harder? And s it possible to learn fp3 wthout knowing fp2?

Yes, the two are standalone and generally most people find FP2 harder, I did. I thought FP3 was more tedious working through vectors and matrices than anything else. You need FP1 (P4 in my day) to do FP3 though, because of complex algebra.

FP2 is more of a "doing" module than a "learning" module, in that it tends to build up concepts rather than introduce new ones (although the hyperbolic functions and conic sections are both new things introduced in FP2). FP3 is the opposite; there's less building-up on previous knowledge, and more learning of relatively easy new stuff (matrices, for example).

Is this the case for edexcel alone, or all exam boards?

ssmoose

FP3 is a memory test where as FP2 is more understanding.

I agree with that completely

I found FP3 a bit harder than FP2. there was loads of new stuff to learn and matrices and vectors questions were generally long and annoying!

Technically you can do FP3 without FP2, but you need to know a few things from FP2 like basic hyperbolic functions and the general form of the equations of elipses etc. (for loci questions). Apart from that, the two are fairly standalone. FP3 without FP2 shouldn't be too much of a problem...

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