Maths and Further MathsWatch
I did P1-P3, M1, M2 and S1 for A Level Maths and P4, D1 and S2 for AS Further Maths. Stats and Decision are really boring IMO. I like Pure and Mechanics equally tbh. P4 was quite tough.
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I think more people should do further maths and not be put off by the "rock solid maths" that it takes to be good at it. In my opinion, MEI Pure 2 is the hardest module i've come across up to now and I've done P1-P4,M1-M4 and S1-2, and everyone has to do Pure 2 to get an A level in maths. Theres not that much extra work, I taught myself the work and just sat in the lessons brushing up on the techniques used in F.Maths. And at the end of it all, you get two A levels in F.Maths, and that'll look good on your UCAS application form. I think more people should consider F.Maths. Anyone agree/disagree?
The more people who do Further Maths
The more people who pass it
The more people who have qualifications in it
The more it reduces the value of Further Maths in the first place.
I'd recommend it as a good A-level because, when done with maths you're only really doing 1 A-level but you get 2 grades with your maths grade being invariably equal to or better than your further maths grade, so not much is lost and a lot is gained. One problem though is if your school/college like mine decides to run further maths in parallel with maths, making things a bit more tricky.
If college had tried a little harder to make further maths more appealing i would have probably done it- but it was never really suggested + a girl from my old school who is really bright (she was one of the top 5 candidates for gcse maths, along with chem + history- don't u hate peope like that?) had a 5 minute talk from one of the teachers about why she shudn't do it cos it's so hard...god help the rest of us!
if i could restart college i would definately do further maths- cos i now know i will be at a disadvantage at uni.
I'm Doing MEI Structured Mathematics Pure 6 (OCR B), the Multivariable calculus section contains Partial Differentiation, I just wondered if it told you where stationary points are in a 3d image, like the differential of a normal f(x) but instead with f(x,y). Believe me, MEI Pure 6 is a beast. I was told that MEI is the hardest A level maths exams by a cheif examiner on an open day, and that MEI pure 5 and 6 contain a lot of the course from the first year of university mathematics. I looked at a Pure 1 edexcel paper a while back and it was totally different from the MEI pure 1 papers I'm familiar with.
I did maths & further maths, doing all pures (1-7) and all mechanics (1-6), excluding M3 on AQA. I have to say it really helped me with maths, gave me understanding and all the rest was practice to get rid of those silly mistakes.
Anyways, I'll describe in detail my course:
AQA Mathematics and Statistics B Mathematics P1, P2, M1, P4, P5, M2.
AQA Mathematics and Statistics B Further Mathematics P3, M4, M5, P6, P7, M6.
The first three of each set of modules are the AS modules; the latter are the A2 modules.
I'm not a pompous person, so I don't say things to make myself look big tho I know what you mean... some people do! I must admit myself P7 sounded a bit strange... I didn't know they had that many pures initially, but I soon found out.
Check out page 26, section 8.14 & 8.15 which outline the modules I did for further maths, including P7 (which is also in table of contents), hence P7 is a real module done by AQA and i'm sure you can read up on it if you want. Just wanted to put things straight .
i suppose all the boards cover the same stuff, just probably in a different order so no one can really say that any board is easier than others but damn aqa looks easy (apart from P7) plus you dont have the problem of edexcels completely inconsistent exams
Partial differentiation... don't think we did that, but dunno, maybe it's just different names for same thing.