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Which of Mechs and Stats is a better/more interesting option for maths at AS and A-level?

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Stats is boring .... Mech is good up till m3 .... m4 and m5 are hard ....

y dont u take up Mathematics ? .. u can mix em up tht way ...
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Personally i prefer stats but it's a matter of opinion.
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Definitely mechanics cos statistics is just boring, you can learn stats in a week it's that easy. Mechanics will help you a lot with the way you think about the things that happen around you, it's far more valuable than statistics.
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I didn't do any mechanics modules, and did S1 and S2 and they were the most boring modules out of all the 5 a levels that i do i'm afraid! They are easy but you won't be motivated to revise for them if you find them as boring as i did.
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Mechanics modules would be better to take if you're thinking of doing some sort of Physics related course at uni. This is just an opinion, but most of the people at my school think stats is easier! I did mechanics and found it more difficult than pure.
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Mechanics modules would be better to take if you're thinking of doing some sort of Physics related course at uni. This is just an opinion, but most of the people at my school think stats is easier! I did mechanics and found it more difficult than pure.
Stats is definately easier.... but mechanics is far more interesting. Id rather do mechanics then statz anyday!
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I would go further... mechanics is definately better... there's no opinion, mechanics is a part of physics, unlike stats. It's much better for a physics degree.

On top of that, or if you aren't doing a physics degree, it's more enjoyable and worthwhile doing. But that's just an opinion.
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Depends on what you like and what you're going to do in the future.

I'll do stats
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I enjoyed S1 and S2 and want to study through to S6 before it is withdrawn.

I have just started M1 which is easy so far since I have not yet got past vectors which I did in P3.

Could you not do both?

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I could, it depends whether I continue maths to a-level or not. Right now I was just wondering about the AS. Mechanics 1 looks easy, but it's more like an extension of GCSE Physics (which I didn't enjoy), so I think I'll do Stats to start with.
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About equal in their difficulty, I believe for a normal person. Lol. Anyone who does Physics should find most of M1 and M2 fine. S1 was alright, except probability, which is a pain.

I'd go with mechanics, but I am a physisicist.
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Stats is nice and straightforward, there isnt much they can throw at you for the first two modules anyway. That said, i flunked my S1, so u know...

I've heard from my mates at other colleges that M2 upwards gets pretty challenging. I only did M1 which wasnt so bad.

TBH i preferred Mechanics because it was more figuring things out. Stats is useful for coursework in other subj - like geog or psychology.
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Do whichever you prefer/would be more useful to you. Personally, Stats was difficult for me and didn't really make much sense, whereas Mechanics did.
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Stats all the way!

What can you do with mechanics anyway? Make bridges? Make buildings? Wow. Like, my little sister could do that, dude.

With Stats, if you are extra-specially good, you might be able to calculate the probability of your computer crashing during normal use, or maybe even the probability of it NOT crashing. I've heard that if you get to degree level, you might even be taught how to draw a stem and leaf diagram.
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Mech is more useful if you’re planning on studying physics/engineering or maths in general at university, since it makes you think more about concepts than stats (where you’re often just given a formula and told you won’t understand the derivation until you get to S3 or above so just shut up and stick numbers in if you want marks in the exam).

Stats will be more useful if you’re planning on studying biological sciences (without a high maths content) or psychology however. I personally found mechanics much more interesting until M3, when I just lost interest.
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Stats all the way!

What can you do with mechanics anyway? Make bridges? Make buildings?
That's not completely true. Mechanics helps you develop an understanding of general occurences that happen all the time. After learning it, you'd realise that most of the stuff you see on an every day basis makes some sense.

I personally found statistics dull ever since GCSE Math. Mechanics is by FAR more enjoyable.
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Stats all the way!

What can you do with mechanics anyway? Make bridges? Make buildings? Wow. Like, my little sister could do that, dude.

With Stats, if you are extra-specially good, you might be able to calculate the probability of your computer crashing during normal use, or maybe even the probability of it NOT crashing. I've heard that if you get to degree level, you might even be taught how to draw a stem and leaf diagram.
I detect a teeny weeny bit of sarcasm. Not much though.
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depends on what field u plan to follow later on..... application of each is different.... mechanics is for the science guys... while stats goes either way...
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MECH!!!! mech all the way! coz it makes sense
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