Did any of you take Maths AO summer 2001?Watch
"Dear Mr Examiner. I'm terribly sorry your husband/wife has quite obviously just left you, but do you not think it is fair to take it out on us?"
Luckily I restrained myself, but I was pretty damn close! I had lots of time to think about it, seeing as I did all I could do in the first 40 minutes.
I think the questions were very ususual, nothing like the previous papers. If you had done the Edexcel one, there was a volume of cylinder question which involved setting up a differential equation: it took a very long time to get to the required answer. Funnily enough, I messed up the easy last question, the partial fractions one. Cunningly disguised as a short question with only 3 lines to it, it was worth a total of 16 marks in 3 parts. It was the first time repeated fractions came up this year on Edexcel as I recall, and my mind didn't click that day - I split the function into 2 instead 3 fractions. Literally, nobody in my school could finish the paper (those who did, skipped some/parts of the earlier questions). All in all, grade boundaries should definitely be significantly re-adjusted for this paper.