Overlap between AS Physics and Mechanics 1 Maths

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(Original post by Eyjaokull)
I'm doing AS Physics as one of my subject choices at college this year, and I'm doing Further Maths on my own.

I'm finding the mechanics side of Physics really interesting and it's easier that I thought it would be, I'm planning on learning M1 after I finish FP1, and I wanted to know how much of the M1 spec is covered in Physics, since I want to spend as much time as possible covering FP1, obviously I will be doing the whole M1 spec but it would be a lot easier if some of the concepts in M1 were covered already in Physics.

For reference I am doing AQA Physics, and OCR MEI Maths, thanks.
I think pretty much all of M1 excluding Vectors, is AS Physics... from memory at least...
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Basically, everything in M1 is in the mechanics section of physics, but it is covered in much more depth / with harder questions in M1 than it is in physics. You will have covered all of the concepts already in physics, which will make it a lot easier to self-teach - but you won't be able to just rely on your physics knowledge to get you through, if that makes sense.

Also good luck!

Source: took maths, further maths and physics to A level
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The concepts used in order to solve problems in both AS Physics and M1 are the exact same. The equations used are also the same, and the general rules that you're meant to know and understand in order to then solve mathematical problems are the same.

I'd say the problems themselves in M1 are more difficult than those found in AS Physics, often they involve some algebra or a few more steps than an AS Physics problem. Learning M1 and doing questions from it (even if you're not studying) will really help you with your understanding and will help your AS Physics a lot. I highly recommend M1 as a module. It's challenging enough (as far as an AS module will go), and is also equally rewarding as you don't really do anything like it at GCSE.

Good luck with your studies
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