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# Getting to Cambridge: STEP by STEP! watch

1. (Original post by Krollo)
Warwick or Imperial as insurance? Someone decide for me
Imperial

Coz don't be a Zain
2. (Original post by Krollo)
Warwick or Imperial as insurance? Someone decide for me
Warwick m8, you know it.
3. (Original post by Krollo)
Warwick or Imperial as insurance? Someone decide for me
Imperial brother.
All the kool kids hve imperial.

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4. Goals for this week:

1. Learn about the theory of eigenvectors/values properly in their context of invariant vector subspaces as well as the applications of diagonolisation, how to diagonalise matrices and necessary and sufficient conditions for matrices to be diagonlisable.

2. Learn about the theory of polar coordinates, in specific: more about the systematic theory of them.

3. Learn about particle accelerators: synchrotrons and cyclotrons, specifically how they work, their uses and check out a few exam questions and the way the markscheme wants me to answer them.

Yeah, I'm super lazy so I'll leave it as those three objectives, I'll probably barely be able to do that anyway, as it is.
5. (Original post by Zacken)
Goals for this week:

1. Learn about the theory of eigenvectors/values properly in their context of invariant vector subspaces as well as the applications of diagonolisation, how to diagonalise matrices and necessary and sufficient conditions for matrices to be diagonlisable.

2. Learn about the theory of polar coordinates, in specific: more about the systematic theory of them.

3. Learn about particle accelerators: synchrotrons and cyclotrons, specifically how they work, their uses and check out a few exam questions and the way the markscheme wants me to answer them.

Yeah, I'm super lazy so I'll leave it as those three objectives, I'll probably barely be able to do that anyway, as it is.
I actually understood none of that
6. (Original post by Zacken)
Goals for this week:

1. Learn about the theory of eigenvectors/values properly in their context of invariant vector subspaces as well as the applications of diagonolisation, how to diagonalise matrices and necessary and sufficient conditions for matrices to be diagonlisable.

2. Learn about the theory of polar coordinates, in specific: more about the systematic theory of them.

3. Learn about particle accelerators: synchrotrons and cyclotrons, specifically how they work, their uses and check out a few exam questions and the way the markscheme wants me to answer them.

Yeah, I'm super lazy so I'll leave it as those three objectives, I'll probably barely be able to do that anyway, as it is.
It was actually the Arabs that came up with the polar coordinate system - their central point was Mecca and they used the system whilst traveling.

May the be with you for number 3.
7. (Original post by Zacken)
Goals for this week:

1. Learn about the theory of eigenvectors/values properly in their context of invariant vector subspaces as well as the applications of diagonolisation, how to diagonalise matrices and necessary and sufficient conditions for matrices to be diagonlisable.

2. Learn about the theory of polar coordinates, in specific: more about the systematic theory of them.

3. Learn about particle accelerators: synchrotrons and cyclotrons, specifically how they work, their uses and check out a few exam questions and the way the markscheme wants me to answer them.

Yeah, I'm super lazy so I'll leave it as those three objectives, I'll probably barely be able to do that anyway, as it is.
Those are fun Let me know if you'd like some help
8. (Original post by Student403)
Those are fun Let me know if you'd like some help
Are there usually any questions on synchrotrons? Do you have a concise summary of how each work, like a mark scheme answer? The cyclotron one came in my mock but I'm not sure how good my wording was.
9. (Original post by aymanzayedmannan)
Are there usually any questions on synchrotrons? Do you have a concise summary of how each work, like a mark scheme answer? The cyclotron one came in my mock but I'm not sure how good my wording was.
Synchrotrons are the long ones, yeah? If so I do believe I've seen a couple of those. And yep I have some notes on em
10. (Original post by Student403)
Synchrotrons are the long ones, yeah? If so I do believe I've seen a couple of those. And yep I have some notes on em
Nah, that's the linac! Synchrotron is the one that considers relativistic effects. Google the Stanford synchrotron, it looks beast
11. (Original post by aymanzayedmannan)
Nah, that's the linac! Synchrotron is the one that considers relativistic effects. Google the Stanford synchrotron, it looks beast
Ah ****, there's three of them, isn't there? I'll need to add that to the list. Linear, synchrotron and cyclotron. The linear one is just the straight one with the sections that flip polarity and each successive one is longer than the other one, yeah?
12. (Original post by aymanzayedmannan)
Nah, that's the linac! Synchrotron is the one that considers relativistic effects. Google the Stanford synchrotron, it looks beast
That does look like a beast

Uhmm I can't find any notes on those xD
13. (Original post by Zacken)
Ah ****, there's three of them, isn't there? I'll need to add that to the list. Linear, synchrotron and cyclotron. The linear one is just the straight one with the sections that flip polarity and each successive one is longer than the other one, yeah?
Yep, I feel like that one's really simple to understand. I'm gonna ask my physics teacher about cyclotrons soon though - they kinda mess with my head. There's three of them, yeah, but they're not that bad. You'll find Unit 5 way easier, I feel like most of it is just my GCSE Physics + some M3 + astronomy.

The red book is completely useless at explaining it though. Someone told me something about getting a "SHAP" book, blue in colour. 403, have you heard of it? Apparently it's a lot better because it's context approach.

(Original post by Student403)
That does look like a beast

Uhmm I can't find any notes on those xD

Yeah, I don't think I've seen much of those in exams.
14. (Original post by aymanzayedmannan)
Yep, I feel like that one's really simple to understand. I'm gonna ask my physics teacher about cyclotrons soon though - they kinda mess with my head. There's three of them, yeah, but they're not that bad. You'll find Unit 5 way easier, I feel like most of it is just my GCSE Physics + some M3 + astronomy.

The red book is completely useless at explaining it though. Someone told me something about getting a "SHAP" book, blue in colour. 403, have you heard of it? Apparently it's a lot better because it's context approach.

Yeah, I don't think I've seen much of those in exams.
15. (Original post by aymanzayedmannan)
Yep, I feel like that one's really simple to understand. I'm gonna ask my physics teacher about cyclotrons soon though - they kinda mess with my head. There's three of them, yeah, but they're not that bad. You'll find Unit 5 way easier, I feel like most of it is just my GCSE Physics + some M3 + astronomy.
Yeah, cyclotrons look weird as hell, if I come across any cool videos that help me understand it, should I link you to them or nah?

That's what unit 4 looked like to me: M1 momenta + GCSE Physics + half of particle physics. What's unit 6 like? I like errors and uncertainties from the little I know of it, but do you have to do that whole "plan an experiment" thing like in U3? I'm quite behind on all of this.
16. (Original post by Zacken)
Yeah, cyclotrons look weird as hell, if I come across any cool videos that help me understand it, should I link you to them or nah?

That's what unit 4 looked like to me: M1 momenta + GCSE Physics + half of particle physics. What's unit 6 like? I like errors and uncertainties from the little I know of it, but do you have to do that whole "plan an experiment" thing like in U3? I'm quite behind on all of this.
YES, please do link me! I remember understanding how they worked back when we were learning it in class but I kinda forgot it

I think all of A2 Physics is similar to what I did during IGCSEs, just in more depth. Unit 6 is actually nicer than 3 in my opinion. Dw, you're not really behind because I literally started it a week back as well. It has a similar structure - uncertainties, planning (yep, still there but nothing fundamentally different), graphs and finding gradients etc (but now with ...you guessed it... logarithms and exponentials! ) It'll take you three days tops to get used to U6, ngl.
17. (Original post by Krollo)
Warwick or Imperial as insurance? Someone decide for me
18. (Original post by newblood)
Just wondering why you'd say that... from what I've seen the Warwick course is a lot more flexible, which - especially with regard to applied - is something that's quite important to me.
19. All I can say is wow, them offers tho! Good luck, by the look of it you won't need it though!

I was just going to ask you about Maths as well, when do you think I should properly start on past papers? I've done a few and noticed my weak areas and I've gone over them but the amount of exercise questions in the C3/C4 Edexcel textbooks are insane and I can't devote that much time to them!
20. (Original post by Beat)
All I can say is wow, them offers tho! Good luck, by the look of it you won't need it though!

I was just going to ask you about Maths as well, when do you think I should properly start on past papers? I've done a few and noticed my weak areas and I've gone over them but the amount of exercise questions in the C3/C4 Edexcel textbooks are insane and I can't devote that much time to them!
Haha, thank you!

I think you should be starting past papers from right now! (as long as you're comfortable with all the topics) I certainly wouldn't even try and do half the textbook exercises, perhaps only do the last two exercises from each section and then the ones that you struggle on, try a few more questions, the ones that you don't, move on - once that's done. Hit the papers!

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