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I want to do Biology, chemistry, geography and physics at A level but people are saying how I'm going to struggle with physics :/ I'm currently in year 11, I'm good at maths but find it so boring, and I don't want to do a subject at a level that will just kill me. On the other hand i find physics really enjoyable! Has anyone done physics without/ with maths? How did you find it? I'm planning to take it to AS and then drop it.

I want to do Biology, chemistry, geography and physics at A level but people are saying how I'm going to struggle with physics :/ I'm currently in year 11, I'm good at maths but find it so boring, and I don't want to do a subject at a level that will just kill me. On the other hand i find physics really enjoyable! Has anyone done physics without/ with maths? How did you find it? I'm planning to take it to AS and then drop it.

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If you find maths boring, then you probably won't like Physics.

Not to say that a Physics A-level = Maths...But a lot of the Physics A-level does use Maths so...

Not to say that a Physics A-level = Maths...But a lot of the Physics A-level does use Maths so...

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The maths in as physics is at the standard of gcse maths the hardest maths in as physics for most is the vectors as this includes trigonometry, the maths is also mainly using equations, rearranging them then using them, also if the course you would do for physics has a materials unit then there is some shape areas required. Then also doing gradients.

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If you find maths boring, then you probably won't like Physics.

Not to say that a Physics A-level = Maths...But a lot of the Physics A-level does use Maths so...

**High Stakes**)If you find maths boring, then you probably won't like Physics.

Not to say that a Physics A-level = Maths...But a lot of the Physics A-level does use Maths so...

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A level physics doesn't really require A level maths aside from a few small topics

I do think AL Maths gives you more options but that's a separate issue

I do think AL Maths gives you more options but that's a separate issue

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The maths in as physics is at the standard of gcse maths the hardest maths in as physics for most is the vectors as this includes trigonometry, the maths is also mainly using equations, rearranging them then using them, also if the course you would do for physics has a materials unit then there is some shape areas required. Then also doing gradients.

**cleggj88**)The maths in as physics is at the standard of gcse maths the hardest maths in as physics for most is the vectors as this includes trigonometry, the maths is also mainly using equations, rearranging them then using them, also if the course you would do for physics has a materials unit then there is some shape areas required. Then also doing gradients.

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If you find maths boring, then you probably won't like Physics.

Not to say that a Physics A-level = Maths...But a lot of the

**High Stakes**)If you find maths boring, then you probably won't like Physics.

Not to say that a Physics A-level = Maths...But a lot of the

**Physics A-level does use Maths so.**..yup

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Hi there,

I want to do Biology, chemistry, geography and physics at A level but people are saying how I'm going to struggle with physics :/ I'm currently in year 11, I'm good at maths but find it so boring, and I don't want to do a subject at a level that will just kill me. On the other hand i find physics really enjoyable! Has anyone done physics without/ with maths? How did you find it? I'm planning to take it to AS and then drop it.

**slothlife**)Hi there,

I want to do Biology, chemistry, geography and physics at A level but people are saying how I'm going to struggle with physics :/ I'm currently in year 11, I'm good at maths but find it so boring, and I don't want to do a subject at a level that will just kill me. On the other hand i find physics really enjoyable! Has anyone done physics without/ with maths? How did you find it? I'm planning to take it to AS and then drop it.

about 20% of AS physics paper 1 is just calculations so yes maths is involved but really it's just formulas and stuff.

but for the mechanics part of physics that's where the overlap of maths and physics mechanics comes in

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yup

about 90% of the AS physics paper 2 is just calculations

about 20% of AS physics paper 1 is just calculations so yes maths is involved but really it's just formulas and stuff.

but for the mechanics part of physics that's where the overlap of maths and physics mechanics comes in

**thefatone**)yup

about 90% of the AS physics paper 2 is just calculations

about 20% of AS physics paper 1 is just calculations so yes maths is involved but really it's just formulas and stuff.

but for the mechanics part of physics that's where the overlap of maths and physics mechanics comes in

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If i do some of my own revison for mechanics etc, do you think its possible to get a good grade?

**slothlife**)If i do some of my own revison for mechanics etc, do you think its possible to get a good grade?

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certainly, i'm dying from physics right now, since it's my weakest subject but imma work hard at it

**thefatone**)certainly, i'm dying from physics right now, since it's my weakest subject but imma work hard at it

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Hi there,

I want to do Biology, chemistry, geography and physics at A level but people are saying how I'm going to struggle with physics

**slothlife**)Hi there,

I want to do Biology, chemistry, geography and physics at A level but people are saying how I'm going to struggle with physics

And they've all dropped it now. For year 13, my physics class and maths class have exactly the same people.

It's unit 2 maths that people struggle with. The unit 1 maths is easier. But ironically that's the one i messed up.

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The maths in A-Level Physics is kept to the minimum so people that do not take maths can take Physics. I suggest you take it in AS, and if you like it and you do good at it then continue with it in A2. I also found maths boring at GCSE, I don't think anyone finds calculating percentages and gradients interesting tbh. However at AS I really liked it, and now at A2 I like it even more. A-Level maths is nothing like GCSE, so if you are good at maths I suggest you give it a go because you could find it really interesting and if you are naturally good at maths then getting an A is easy.

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**slothlife**)

Hi there,

I want to do Biology, chemistry, geography and physics at A level but people are saying how I'm going to struggle with physics :/ I'm currently in year 11, I'm good at maths but find it so boring, and I don't want to do a subject at a level that will just kill me. On the other hand i find physics really enjoyable! Has anyone done physics without/ with maths? How did you find it? I'm planning to take it to AS and then drop it.

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I don't see the point. Physics isn't just a subject you take as a 4th option to fill up your choices and drop it later on.

**Lawliettt**)I don't see the point. Physics isn't just a subject you take as a 4th option to fill up your choices and drop it later on.

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The maths in A-Level Physics is kept to the minimum so people that do not take maths can take Physics. I suggest you take it in AS, and if you like it and you do good at it then continue with it in A2. I also found maths boring at GCSE, I don't think anyone finds calculating percentages and gradients interesting tbh. However at AS I really liked it, and now at A2 I like it even more. A-Level maths is nothing like GCSE, so if you are good at maths I suggest you give it a go because you could find it really interesting and if you are naturally good at maths then getting an A is easy.

**PLM98**)The maths in A-Level Physics is kept to the minimum so people that do not take maths can take Physics. I suggest you take it in AS, and if you like it and you do good at it then continue with it in A2. I also found maths boring at GCSE, I don't think anyone finds calculating percentages and gradients interesting tbh. However at AS I really liked it, and now at A2 I like it even more. A-Level maths is nothing like GCSE, so if you are good at maths I suggest you give it a go because you could find it really interesting and if you are naturally good at maths then getting an A is easy.

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**High Stakes**)

If you find maths boring, then you probably won't like Physics.

Not to say that a Physics A-level = Maths...But a lot of the Physics A-level does use Maths so...

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I only want to take it to AS because I've heard that its nearly impossible at A2 if you don't have maths. I know its a hard subject but I really enjoy it, therefore wanted to take it at A level

**slothlife**)I only want to take it to AS because I've heard that its nearly impossible at A2 if you don't have maths. I know its a hard subject but I really enjoy it, therefore wanted to take it at A level

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That is totally false. The only stuff that you will see at A2 that you haven't seen in GCSE Maths is exponentials and logarithms. My teacher literally explained what they were and their properties in 5 minutes, and all the non-maths students understood it.

**PLM98**)That is totally false. The only stuff that you will see at A2 that you haven't seen in GCSE Maths is exponentials and logarithms. My teacher literally explained what they were and their properties in 5 minutes, and all the non-maths students understood it.

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A level maths is definitely not necessary for A level physics, the hardest the maths gets is exponential decay for things like nuclear physics and capacitors, the rest it just GCSE level maths.

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If I do well in AS definitely will consider A2, thank you, really encouraging!

**slothlife**)If I do well in AS definitely will consider A2, thank you, really encouraging!

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