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1. Anyone got any tips to help do really well in mechanics??
I got 70/75 in FP1 paper and was the only person in the year to get an A in physics, but for some reason, I'm not keen on the unit at all and it would be really nice if some of you could share your tips / tricks on it. My teacher said it should be a really easy top mark paper - is it really all down to practise?
Also, should I do M2 next or D2? I'm thinking M2 because then M1 will seem super easy... Hopefully...
Thanks
2. (Original post by TrueDAN)
Anyone got any tips to help do really well in mechanics??
I got 70/75 in FP1 paper and was the only person in the year to get an A in physics, but for some reason, I'm not keen on the unit at all and it would be really nice if some of you could share your tips / tricks on it. My teacher said it should be a really easy top mark paper - is it really all down to practise?
Also, should I do M2 next or D2? I'm thinking M2 because then M1 will seem super easy... Hopefully...
Thanks
Diagrams. Draw big diagrams. Sometimes I will just stare at a question for awhile and not get anywhere, but as soon as I break the question down and draw a diagram in appreciation of it, it makes a lot more sense.

I would say, with mechanics, it's very important to make sure you understand the content well and not just try to memorise lots of questions and techniques. The actual method of solving many of these questions is quite standard - involving a bit of algebra - but the main trouble often comes from misunderstandings. So what I would suggest is to ensure you take the time to understand why you are doing what you are doing - i.e. considering the vertical motion of a projectile or whatever - as things should start to become clearer then.

With the last one, it just depends on what you enjoy. If you'll enjoy decision maths, take decision maths. If you enjoy mechanics, take mechanics. M2 does make M1 a lot easier. But ultimately, do what you enjoy - not just what might be easier. If you are doing a module you enjoy, you are more likely to do well in it anyways.
3. (Original post by kingaaran)
Diagrams. Draw big diagrams. Sometimes I will just stare at a question for awhile and not get anywhere, but as soon as I break the question down and draw a diagram in appreciation of it, it makes a lot more sense.

I would say, with mechanics, it's very important to make sure you understand the content well and not just try to memorise lots of questions and techniques. The actual method of solving many of these questions is quite standard - involving a bit of algebra - but the main trouble often comes from misunderstandings. So what I would suggest is to ensure you take the time to understand why you are doing what you are doing - i.e. considering the vertical motion of a projectile or whatever - as things should start to become clearer then.

With the last one, it just depends on what you enjoy. If you'll enjoy decision maths, take decision maths. If you enjoy mechanics, take mechanics. M2 does make M1 a lot easier. But ultimately, do what you enjoy - not just what might be easier. If you are doing a module you enjoy, you are more likely to do well in it anyways.
Thanks so so much!!!

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