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AQA A2 Mathematics MPC4 Core 4 - 9th June 2015 [Discussion & unofficial markscheme] watch

1. (Original post by CD223)
Thanks! Yeah I was ecstatic. Was quite funny how the harder exams last year were C2 and M1 which I got 100 UMS on, but the easier one (C1) I got 97 in...

In the way of tips, Id say be confident with your modelling assumptions, and know some basic trig to quickly resolve forces into components. Trig identities like sinx/cosx=tanx can also sometimes arise. Approach the paper having done all the past papers (as many as you can find) if possible.

Guys I've found out online how to do the question ill post the link...

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Calculus-...-equations.htm involved multiplying by 99/99

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2. (Original post by CD223)
It's a horrid question! I can't seem to do it for the life of me!

When they apply the horizontal force X, at first they are resolving perpendicular to (at right angles to) the slope. See my modified drawing below. Do you see that the angle I've drawn is 30 degrees?

If you look at the fact that the object is in equilibrium in the plane perpendicular to the slope, R must equal Xsin30 added to the component of the weight which acts perpendicular to the slope (40gcos30)

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Hi thanks for taking the time to draw the image and everything I understand why the angle is 30degrees, (same as slope and horizontal base) but when you split up X into vertical and horizontal why does it not act vertically downwards like the weight(and is perpendicular to slope) that's what I saw trying to do and therefore I couldn't say Xsin30 beacuse x wasn't the hypotenuse and force up the slope was

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3. (Original post by CD223)
Thanks! Yeah I was ecstatic. Was quite funny how the harder exams last year were C2 and M1 which I got 100 UMS on, but the easier one (C1) I got 97 in...

In the way of tips, Id say be confident with your modelling assumptions, and know some basic trig to quickly resolve forces into components. Trig identities like sinx/cosx=tanx can also sometimes arise. Approach the paper having done all the past papers (as many as you can find) if possible.

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Wow! You must be predicted an A* in maths then! *Jealous*
Getting 100 UMS on C2 last year was amazing! That paper was such a *******, I swear I missed half the questions out -.-
But yeah I've only done 1 paper so far and it went well.
To be honest the topic I find the most difficult is probably projectiles. The rest I'm good with.

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4. (Original post by CD223)
Yes I did I can try and help! I'm doing M2 this year so I guess it might help me too haha.

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Yep, I think the correct way of drawing it is the bottom with the arrow on the right perpendicular to the plane but it's just I don't understand why the top diagram is wrong with the arrow vertically downwarss

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Guys I've found out online how to do the question ill post the link...

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Calculus-...-equations.htm involved multiplying by 99/99
Oh that is so close to what we had it's infuriating! Thanks for finding it!

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Hi thanks for taking the time to draw the image and everything I understand why the angle is 30degrees, (same as slope and horizontal base) but when you split up X into vertical and horizontal why does it not act vertically downwards like the weight(and is perpendicular to slope) that's what I saw trying to do and therefore I couldn't say Xsin30 beacuse x wasn't the hypotenuse and force up the slope was

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Excuse the poor drawing. Does this help? Think about if you tilted the horizontal and vertical to the slope axis by 30 degrees...like this:

Excuse the poor drawing.

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Wow! You must be predicted an A* in maths then! *Jealous*
Getting 100 UMS on C2 last year was amazing! That paper was such a *******, I swear I missed half the questions out -.-
But yeah I've only done 1 paper so far and it went well.
To be honest the topic I find the most difficult is probably projectiles. The rest I'm good with.

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I am predicted an A* yeah I really want one but they're making the papers harder!!

C2 was horrid last year. God knows how I managed that. Must have ate something right for breakfast!

Projectiles are difficult because there's so much you can be asked about. Just stick at it and you'll be okay!

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Yep, I think the correct way of drawing it is the bottom with the arrow on the right perpendicular to the plane but it's just I don't understand why the top diagram is wrong with the arrow vertically downwarss

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Does my diagram (albeit poorly constructed) make sense now?

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9. (Original post by CD223)
Oh that is so close to what we had it's infuriating! Thanks for finding it!

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I don't understand how they "solved for x"? :/
By the way thanks for the link!

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I don't understand how they "solved for x"? :/
By the way thanks for the link!

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They used the same method we did by multiplying through by 1-x and expanding.

They raised by e earlier and called e^C a constant K. It seemed to be a neater solution aha.

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I don't understand how they "solved for x"? :/
By the way thanks for the link!

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Expand brackets, rearrange and factorise

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Expand brackets, rearrange and factorise

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To be fair I think most of the marks we would have got. Just the answer mark missing. Maybe 4 out 6?

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13. (Original post by CD223)
Excuse the poor drawing. Does this help? Think about if you tilted the horizontal and vertical to the slope axis by 30 degrees...like this:

Excuse the poor drawing.

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WooaaH didn't know you could look at it like that yeah I understand thanks!!!
It was just I was drawing the vector triangle all wrong... X beacones parallel to slope and 90degrees to slope not not at 90degrees to X

The pic I posted earlier shows the mistake I was making

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14. (Original post by CD223)
To be fair I think most of the marks we would have got. Just the answer mark missing. Maybe 4 out 6?

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Hmm yeah most likely, we just missed the final step I guess.
Thanks for all the help guys, much appreciated!

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15. (Original post by CD223)
I am predicted an A* yeah I really want one but they're making the papers harder!!

C2 was horrid last year. God knows how I managed that. Must have ate something right for breakfast!

Projectiles are difficult because there's so much you can be asked about. Just stick at it and you'll be okay!

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I know, there were some right horrible papers last year from AQA!
But anyway good luck, I hope you get your A*, I'm sure you will!

Haha naa you're just really clever and seem like you put the hours in, you deserved it.

I know and splitting it up into horizontal and vertical components can get confusing at times if you don't set your work out correctly and know what's what.

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WooaaH didn't know you could look at it like that yeah I understand thanks!!!
It was just I was drawing the vector triangle all wrong... X beacones parallel to slope and 90degrees to slope not not at 90degrees to X

The pic I posted earlier shows the mistake I was making

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That makes perfect sense. Don't worry! It's not like I got that first time in the exam either! I remember redoing the whole question after making the same mistake haha!

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Hmm yeah most likely, we just missed the final step I guess.
Thanks for all the help guys, much appreciated!

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Don't feel I helped much given I only got as far as you did anyway 😂😂😂

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I know, there were some right horrible papers last year from AQA!
But anyway good luck, I hope you get your A*, I'm sure you will!

Haha naa you're just really clever and seem like you put the hours in, you deserved it.

I know and splitting it up into horizontal and vertical components can get confusing at times if you don't set your work out correctly and know what's what.

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I hope it's not an indication of how hard this year is...

I do hope so. It's my only subject I'm desperate for one in! My offer is AAA so I don't exactly need one but after the work I've put in I feel like I might as well aim for one!

Ah, well thank you for the compliments but I'm definitely not clever if you see me on a bad day. I make all sorts of mistakes No one is perfect aha!

Exactly!

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19. (Original post by CD223)
Don't feel I helped much given I only got as far as you did anyway 😂😂😂

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Haha true but still, "every little helps"

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20. (Original post by CD223)
I hope it's not an indication of how hard this year is...

I do hope so. It's my only subject I'm desperate for one in! My offer is AAA so I don't exactly need one but after the work I've put in I feel like I might as well aim for one!

Ah, well thank you for the compliments but I'm definitely not clever if you see me on a bad day. I make all sorts of mistakes No one is perfect aha!

Exactly!

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Me too! Else I'm so screwed!

Oh nice, what is the offer for and where from?
Exactly, no harm in aiming high but yeah I'm sure you'll do well if you keep working hard.

Aha well I must admit that it doesn't seem like you ever have a bad day
True but we can always strive for perfection.

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