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Maths Stats or Maths Mechanics in AS/A1 level? Watch

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    I'm planning to go medicine but can't decide my AS maths. I currently have biology and physics. Many say Stats is easier, but if I choose mechanics it's better as it's very similar to physics so whatever I'm studying will go hand-in-hand with physics. Thoughts?

    I did mechanics as I was also doing physics as one of my other A levels, however we ended up doing stats in the second year. After doing both of these I personally found mechanics easier, made more sense and there was less to learn. With stats I found it harder to understand, whereas in mechanics I found it easy to do a type of question once I knew why it worked like that. For reference I got 84 UMS in mechanics and 74 in stats. Hope this helps

    I did M1, M2, S1, S2, because I did FM too, so I'll try to answer.

    I'd say S1 exams are easier than M1 exams, especially if you're happy enough just learning things by rote/without really understanding what you're doing. If you just want to get a good maths grade, stats is probably the way to go.

    Whilst stats can get interesting at a higher level, S1 is very much use a formula, type numbers into a calculator, and get the answer, whereas M1 is a bit more interesting (but seems a bit tricky, especially at the beginning of the course).

    I will say though, if I hadn't done mechanics, I'd have been in real trouble for my physics exams, because the physics department at my school were pretty bad at explaining things in comparison to the maths department, so if you don't trust your physics teacher, maybe do mech.
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    I know this isn't related to your question but shouldn't you be taking Chemistry?

    If you're doing physics, do M1. Enough said.
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