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1. 4x2+8

is it 16 or 40?
2. 16
3. BIDMAS
4. (Original post by Xenon17)
16
but 4x2+8 = 4(10) = 40?
5. (Original post by sainsburys wraps)
but 4x2+8 = 4(10) = 40?
then you have problems
6. (Original post by Indeterminate)
BIDMAS
I have stalked your profile. How was maths at imperial? was it really hard and how many hours did you work per week?
7. 16
bidmas mate
4x2=8
8+8=16
8. Post in Maths and show your workings
9. It would be 16. Because you have both multiplication and addition, you need to follow the order of BIDMAS
Brackets
Indicies
Division
Multiplication
Subtraction

Becasue multiplation comes first in the order and you don't have BID (Brackets, indicies or division with this question) you do 4 x 2= 8 and then 8+8=16
10. You're all wrong

11. (Original post by lolatmaths)
I have stalked your profile. How was maths at imperial? was it really hard and how many hours did you work per week?
I see

It's certainly challenging. I used to put in around 20 hours a week during term time (excluding lectures) and around twice that before exams
12. (Original post by Indeterminate)
I see

It's certainly challenging. I used to put in around 20 hours a week during term time (excluding lectures) and around twice that before exams
lool, damnnn that must have been stressful would you say you had time doing other things in your free time? And how would you say the hours compared with other courses? And how long were lectures?

sorry for bothering you, im just seriously considering a maths degree cos it seems so interesting at uni
13. You may be tempted to try to solve this in excel (and it might well get the correct result - I've not tried) but one thing I do know that excel is wrong is the following:

a^b^c

Mathematically it should be computed as: a^(b^c)

but excel does this: (a^b)^c
14. (Original post by lolatmaths)
lool, damnnn that must have been stressful would you say you had time doing other things in your free time? And how would you say the hours compared with other courses? And how long were lectures?

sorry for bothering you, im just seriously considering a maths degree cos it seems so interesting at uni
You really have to love maths to do a degree in it because you'll be exposed to it 24/7 over 3 to 4 years.

Plus the maths at school is only a small part. Even doing STEP does not prepare you for "proper" pure maths.

(It's a pity group theory is no longer included in the A-Level syllabus).
15. (Original post by warmday)
You really have to love maths to do a degree in it because you'll be exposed to it 24/7 over 3 to 4 years.

Plus the maths at school is only a small part. Even doing STEP does not prepare you for "proper" pure maths.

(It's a pity group theory is no longer included in the A-Level syllabus).
I really do love maths, one of the only things i enjoy tbh. I've done some research into the degree and im up for the challenge but the only thing thats putting me off is the number of hours, in manchester for example its 9-5
16. (Original post by lolatmaths)
lool, damnnn that must have been stressful would you say you had time doing other things in your free time? And how would you say the hours compared with other courses? And how long were lectures?

sorry for bothering you, im just seriously considering a maths degree cos it seems so interesting at uni
1 lecture is around 50 mins long Yeah I still had a good amount of time to do other things (always saved a few hours every day to relax and do other stuff) but that wasn't so easy around exam time. I think it's the same for pretty much all courses apart from Medicine (more contact hours but not as hard as Maths/Physics )

Ooh I'd certainly recommend it! But you have to have a real interest in the subject to do it at uni
17. 16 pemdas
18. (Original post by Indeterminate)
1 lecture is around 50 mins long Yeah I still had a good amount of time to do other things (always saved a few hours every day to relax and do other stuff) but that wasn't so easy around exam time. I think it's the same for pretty much all courses apart from Medicine (more contact hours but not as hard as Maths/Physics )

Ooh I'd certainly recommend it!
Wow, seems intense! Yeah im deffo considering it, fingers cross i get above 95 UMS at as level lol

So what you doing at Cambridge now and whats your future plans?
19. (Original post by lolatmaths)
Wow, seems intense! Yeah im deffo considering it, fingers cross i get above 95 UMS at as level lol

So what you doing at Cambridge now and whats your future plans?
Yeah if you do very well at AS level then you'll be in a very good position

I'm not at Cambridge yet (starting later on this year) but I'm going to be doing Part III which is a year long postgrad qualification in Mathematics. After that I'm thinking of doing a PhD but maybe not. Depends on what I like the look of

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