Should I choose to do a further maths a-level or a biology a-level?

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I've just finished my GCSEs and achieved 6a*'s,3a's,2b's and a distinction in additional maths.
I was previously considering a career in medicine but I am currently more inclined to follow a career in physics, I would however like to leave my options open should I change my mind.
My question is whether I need Further Maths at A-level to follow a career in physics? I have currently chosen to take Maths,Physics, Chemistry and Biology but I'm wondering whether I should change biology to further maths. I have enjoyed both maths and biology at GCSE so I do not have a preference of subject in terms of enjoyment.
Can someone help me choose between these subjects?
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(Original post by FoolHardyOwl)
I've just finished my GCSEs and achieved 6a*'s,3a's,2b's and a distinction in additional maths.
I was previously considering a career in medicine but I am currently more inclined to follow a career in physics, I would however like to leave my options open should I change my mind.
My question is whether I need Further Maths at A-level to follow a career in physics? I have currently chosen to take Maths,Physics, Chemistry and Biology but I'm wondering whether I should change biology to further maths. I have enjoyed both maths and biology at GCSE so I do not have a preference of subject in terms of enjoyment.
Can someone help me choose between these subjects?
I you going to read Physics in a top University my advice is to do Further maths, without mickey mouse modules such as D1 /D2
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I you going to read Physics in a top University my advice is to do Further maths, without mickey mouse modules such as D1 /D2
What would be the minimum number of mechanics modules (for Maths+Further Maths) that the top universities expect for a physics degree? (the information might be useful to the OP).
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What would be the minimum number of mechanics modules (for Maths+Further Maths) that the top universities expect for a Physics degree? (the information might be useful to the OP).
they do not expect, given you have done physics.
But my advice is FP1 to FP3 with all M modules (2 in straight and 3 in further)
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they do not expect, given you have done physics.
But my advice is FP1 to FP3 with all M modules (2 in straight and 3 in further)
To be frank not many take m5 and I am sure top uni are aware of that 😅

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To be frank not many take m5 and I am sure top uni are aware of that 😅

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I am aware of that but this would be my advice
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I am aware of that but this would be my advice
Would statistics ever come in handy for a physics degree?
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Would statistics ever come in handy for a physics degree?
More useful than d modules but not as m modules.

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Would statistics ever come in handy for a physics degree?
they would but either you teach yourself or you do more modules
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they would but either you teach yourself or you do more modules
Btw I have a question.

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they would but either you teach yourself or you do more modules
Was a levels tougher in your days?

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Was a levels tougher in your days?

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Definitely harder but the real difference they were broader.
If you had done Maths/Further Maths 30 years ago you probably would have covered 50% more material than what you cover today.
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Definitely harder but the real difference they were broader.
If you had done Maths/Further Maths 30 years ago you probably would have covered 50% more material than what you cover today.
So I guess M5 was like c2. Those days. Btw do you know the book (classical mechanics by qualding and Ramsay)

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So I guess M5 was like c2. Those days. Btw do you know the book (classical mechanics by qualding and Ramsay)

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that is probably an exaggeration ...
yes I own the book
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that is probably an exaggeration ...
yes I own the book
My dad had the book. And I saw few topics about moment of inertia and at the end of the book there were few pp for Cambridge Bristol etc. So I thought high schoolers 30 years back did study something like M5

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My dad had the book. And I saw few topics about moment of inertia and at the end of the book there were few pp for Cambridge Bristol etc. So I thought high schoolers 30 years back did study something like M5

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there was more mechanics until 10 years ago.
There was an M6 which is now obsolete.
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there was more mechanics until 10 years ago.
There was an M6 which is now obsolete.
What topics were covered? Would have loved it!

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Unconstrained motion with 2 degrees of freedom
(such advanced projectiles on inclines, motion described in polar coordinates)


Constrained motion with 1 degree of freedom
(intrinsic coordinates)

Unconstrained rotational motion with 1/2 degrees of freedom
(rolling hoops, unconstrained rods freely moving etc)
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(Original post by Duke Glacia)
What topics were covered? Would have loved it!

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Unconstrained motion with 2 degrees of freedom
(such advanced projectiles on inclines, motion described in polar coordinates)


Constrained motion with 1 degree of freedom
(intrinsic coordinates)

Unconstrained rotational motion with 1/2 degrees of freedom
(rolling hoops, unconstrained rods freely moving etc)
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