# MAT Prep Thread - 2nd November 2016

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**Mathematics Admissions Test 2016 Preparation Thread**Thank you to Gome44 for the thread inspiration

**Advice:**It's worth studying C3 and C4 before beginning MAT preparation for a better understanding of the concepts behind trigonometry/calculus

Start with the earliest papers you can find and ideally try and complete them all by the exam. The papers before 2007 are of an older style and do not follow the same specification as current papers but are good practice nonetheless

The earlier papers are somewhat easier than current papers so be careful to not become complacent when scoring highly on early papers

Aim to do as many past papers as possible as timed mocks, exam technique is essential to success in the MAT

**Resources:**Exam Syllabus

2015 MAT Preparation Thread

MAT/AEA/STEP Past Papers

Official Webpage

MAT Preparation Powerpoint

MAT Section B Tips PDF

**Exam Information/Layout:**The exam is 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) long

There are 5 specific questions to be completed depending on your course

The first question consists of 10 multiple choice questions all worth 4 marks each

All answers to questions are submitted on

**plain**paper

Formulae sheets and calculators are

**not**permitted

Compasses are permitted

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**Things to Look for:**
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Opportunities to use the discriminant conditions for a quadratic equation, for example:

Any equation representing the or coordinate of the point of intersection of a tangent to a curve must have

It is also worth noting that the gradient of the tangent and the curve at the above point are the same

The shortest distance between a point and a line is found by taking the normal to the line which passes through the point

When asked to find the correct graph for a function, try substituting important values into the function to rule out possibilities.

Be aware of useful inequalities:

Any equation representing the or coordinate of the point of intersection of a tangent to a curve must have

**one repeat real root:**It is also worth noting that the gradient of the tangent and the curve at the above point are the same

The shortest distance between a point and a line is found by taking the normal to the line which passes through the point

When asked to find the correct graph for a function, try substituting important values into the function to rule out possibilities.

**For example, 2013 Q1D.**Be aware of useful inequalities:

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Mate. Idc bout mat bruv.

Jk mat is quite nice, note that recent papers are much harder then previous ones so dont do the spec test and think oh yeh mat is easy i can easily get into oxford as it aint that easy.

Quote me if u need help, had some nice alternatives to some questions.

Jk mat is quite nice, note that recent papers are much harder then previous ones so dont do the spec test and think oh yeh mat is easy i can easily get into oxford as it aint that easy.

Quote me if u need help, had some nice alternatives to some questions.

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Mate. Idc bout mat bruv.

Jk mat is quite nice, note that recent papers are much harder then previous ones so dont do the spec test and think oh yeh mat is easy i can easily get into oxford as it aint that easy.

Quote me if u need help, had some nice alternatives to some questions.

**physicsmaths**)Mate. Idc bout mat bruv.

Jk mat is quite nice, note that recent papers are much harder then previous ones so dont do the spec test and think oh yeh mat is easy i can easily get into oxford as it aint that easy.

Quote me if u need help, had some nice alternatives to some questions.

Reserved the second post so I can link into alternative/old paper solutions if and when they pop up

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**physicsmaths**)

Mate. Idc bout mat bruv.

Jk mat is quite nice, note that recent papers are much harder then previous ones so dont do the spec test and think oh yeh mat is easy i can easily get into oxford as it aint that easy.

Quote me if u need help, had some nice alternatives to some questions.

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i need help

**Gome44**)i need help

If ur ever stuck. Complete the square. Normllly wrks.

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Go on bruv.

If ur ever stuck. Complete the square. Normllly wrks.

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**physicsmaths**)Go on bruv.

If ur ever stuck. Complete the square. Normllly wrks.

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question 4, i tried completing the square but it leads nowhere

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https://www0.maths.ox.ac.uk/system/f...sheet42016.pdf

question 4, i tried completing the square but it leads nowhere

**Gome44**)https://www0.maths.ox.ac.uk/system/f...sheet42016.pdf

question 4, i tried completing the square but it leads nowhere

0=0 qed.

If ur serious, i dnt know none of this **** so no chance fr me mate.

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Square it bruv.

0=0 qed.

If ur serious, i dnt know none of this **** so no chance fr me mate.

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**physicsmaths**)Square it bruv.

0=0 qed.

If ur serious, i dnt know none of this **** so no chance fr me mate.

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Thank you to Gome44 for the thread inspiration

It's worth studying C3 and C4 before beginning MAT preparation for a better understanding of the concepts behind trigonometry/calculus

Start with the earliest papers you can find and ideally try and complete them all by the exam. The papers before 2007 are of an older style and do not follow the same specification as current papers but are good practice nonetheless

The earlier papers are somewhat easier than current papers so be careful to not become complacent when scoring highly on early papers

Aim to do as many past papers as possible as timed mocks, exam technique is essential to success in the MAT

Exam Syllabus

2015 MAT Preparation Thread

MAT/AEA/STEP Past Papers

Official Webpage

The exam is 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) long

There are 5 specific questions to be completed depending on your course

The first question consists of 10 multiple choice questions all worth 4 marks each

All answers to questions are submitted on

Formulae sheets and calculators are

Compasses are permitted

**Euclidean**)

**Mathematics Admissions Test 2016 Preparation Thread**Thank you to Gome44 for the thread inspiration

**Advice:**It's worth studying C3 and C4 before beginning MAT preparation for a better understanding of the concepts behind trigonometry/calculus

Start with the earliest papers you can find and ideally try and complete them all by the exam. The papers before 2007 are of an older style and do not follow the same specification as current papers but are good practice nonetheless

The earlier papers are somewhat easier than current papers so be careful to not become complacent when scoring highly on early papers

Aim to do as many past papers as possible as timed mocks, exam technique is essential to success in the MAT

**Resources:**Exam Syllabus

2015 MAT Preparation Thread

MAT/AEA/STEP Past Papers

Official Webpage

**Exam Information/Layout:**The exam is 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) long

There are 5 specific questions to be completed depending on your course

The first question consists of 10 multiple choice questions all worth 4 marks each

All answers to questions are submitted on

**plain**paper

Formulae sheets and calculators are

**not**permitted

Compasses are permitted

**Graph Sketching:**
Spoiler:

Show

**Things to Look for:**
Spoiler:

tagged people who may be interested:Show

Opportunities to use the discriminant conditions for a quadratic equation

A tangent to a curve intersects a curve only once, and hence any equation representing the or coordinate of the point of intersection of a tangent to a curve must have

The shortest distance between a point and a line is found by taking the normal to the line which passes through the point

When asked to find the correct graph for a function, try substituting important values into the function to rule out possibilities.

Be aware of useful inequalities:

A tangent to a curve intersects a curve only once, and hence any equation representing the or coordinate of the point of intersection of a tangent to a curve must have

**one real root:**The shortest distance between a point and a line is found by taking the normal to the line which passes through the point

When asked to find the correct graph for a function, try substituting important values into the function to rule out possibilities.

**For example, 2013 Q1D.**Be aware of useful inequalities:

Spoiler:

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(y=x m8)

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Does a tangent to a curve really only intersect the curve once?????

(y=x m8)

**Gome44**)Does a tangent to a curve really only intersect the curve once?????

(y=x m8)

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All curves except straight lines then I guess, I shall amend for the benefit of other pedantic users

**Euclidean**)All curves except straight lines then I guess, I shall amend for the benefit of other pedantic users

Write this, When it intersects a curve they have a double root. They meet and gradient at that point is also the same.

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Does a tangent to a curve really only intersect the curve once?????

(y=x m8)

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No i think thats still wrong bro.

Write this, When it intersects a curve they have a double root. They meet and gradient at that point is also the same.

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**physicsmaths**)No i think thats still wrong bro.

Write this, When it intersects a curve they have a double root. They meet and gradient at that point is also the same.

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I couldn't find a good definition for a tangent to a curve, so I've scrapped the whole first part:

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I couldn't find a good definition for a tangent to a curve, so I've scrapped the whole first part:

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**Euclidean**)I couldn't find a good definition for a tangent to a curve, so I've scrapped the whole first part:

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You're assuming the curve is quadratic though, you can have tangents on non-polynomial or polynomial of degree >2 where the discriminant condition you've given doesn't apply, not is there just one repeated real root. You can have roots of multiplicity .

**Zacken**)You're assuming the curve is quadratic though, you can have tangents on non-polynomial or polynomial of degree >2 where the discriminant condition you've given doesn't apply, not is there just one repeated real root. You can have roots of multiplicity .

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Sorry, I'll clarify now. I was referencing the point above it on the OP about using the discriminant condition for a quadratic.

**Euclidean**)Sorry, I'll clarify now. I was referencing the point above it on the OP about using the discriminant condition for a quadratic.

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Thanks for the thread Euclidean. Been doing a lot of non-maths related stuff, which has given me the nice balance I need. physicsmaths might have some questions for you.

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Thanks for the thread Euclidean. Been doing a lot of non-maths related stuff, which has given me the nice balance I need. physicsmaths might have some questions for you.

**Marxist**)Thanks for the thread Euclidean. Been doing a lot of non-maths related stuff, which has given me the nice balance I need. physicsmaths might have some questions for you.

Have you seen imo 2016 paper, some very nice questions in there.

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You want some questions?

Have you seen imo 2016 paper, some very nice questions in there.

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**physicsmaths**)You want some questions?

Have you seen imo 2016 paper, some very nice questions in there.

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I'd love some questions if you have any. Let me know. At the moment, I want to finish off some modules - do some STEP questions I saved a while back to try out then do some stuff based from BMO. DrFrost resources seem to be very good these days - brushed up on my geometry a bit - looking much better than before - was totally lost... and I actually like geometry.

**Marxist**)I'd love some questions if you have any. Let me know. At the moment, I want to finish off some modules - do some STEP questions I saved a while back to try out then do some stuff based from BMO. DrFrost resources seem to be very good these days - brushed up on my geometry a bit - looking much better than before - was totally lost... and I actually like geometry.

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