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    Okay, so I know that it's way too early in the game to be worrying about finalising my A-level options but I honestly really badly need help with something.

    I love Maths, okay, I think it's a really good subject and helpful in logical thinking; but I can't help but feel that I will not be able to do it since I am really not good at problem solving at all, I see the maths problem and it just does not compute; my brain goes to panic mode, even though I probably know how to do the topic, I just don't know what steps to do first.

    See, I'm taking Physics and Chemistry and I was wondering what you guys would think about me not taking Maths. Should I do so? Should I not? Could you help me out and give me your advice????

    Much thanks
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    I hear your struggle!

    Do you love algebra? Are rearranging equations and stimulatenous equations second nature to you? If so maths is the subject for you.
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    (Original post by ExoIceCream99)
    I hear your struggle!

    Do you love algebra? Are rearranging equations and stimulatenous equations second nature to you? If so maths is the subject for you.
    do it oh my god its amzing, A-level maths is so fun. c1 is abit boring but it prepares you but c2 is amzing and im doing M1 which requires a pretty god algerba skill but it is so good. further maths is very good, and very interesting.

    go for it.
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    (Original post by ExoIceCream99)
    I hear your struggle!

    Do you love algebra? Are rearranging equations and stimulatenous equations second nature to you? If so maths is the subject for you.
    algebra is actually one of my favourite parts of maths, it's odd because people get so huffy about letters of the alphabet being involved in maths but it's honestly not that bad. i'm just really afraid for anything geometry or to do with shapes. I'm terrible at that. >.<
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    Hi there! I'm doing triple science and maths.. and I gotta say it is a lot of work but if you love maths then I'd say why not try it If you don't like it then you can always change your options (if your school is like mine)

    Also about the subjects you're taking, physics is pretty much just maths & chemistry is a lot of maths too... so maths will help you with your other subjects

    If you're feeling a bit rusty on topics, you can always freshen your knowledge in the summer before you go back to school and that way you'll be prepared for the next step
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    You may find that A-level maths actually helps you with your problems because you gain a deeper understanding of what you're actually doing. Have you spoken to any teachers about the content, or had a look at the content you'd be learning and whether you think you'd be up to it?
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    i actually really enjoy a level maths. it involves a lot of simultaneous equations and algebra, so as long as you're comfortable with it, you should definitely take it! its my favourite subject by far
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    (Original post by saharan_skies)
    algebra is actually one of my favourite parts of maths, it's odd because people get so huffy about letters of the alphabet being involved in maths but it's honestly not that bad. i'm just really afraid for anything geometry or to do with shapes. I'm terrible at that. >.<
    Depends what course you do. We do MEI ocr and that has coordinate geometry and polynomial so graph drawing and transformations, but no drawing. If you love algebra do it!

    Also if your school do S1 even though you still love algebra, your side whore lover needs to be probability.
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    Maths and physics interlink and so you will often find they use similar/same formulas. I was told it is highly recommended if you do physics, you study maths as well ( chemistry also uses maths). My physics textbook actually said the "sine rule will be useful if you study A level maths" (which is ridiculous for those who do not study maths). Maths is not everyone's cup of tea and personally I regret taking Maths but it's up to you. I suggest you weigh the pros and cons or speak to some maths teachers who specialise in teaching A level maths for further advice.I suppose you could always pick up a relevant textbook and flick through the contents if you wish. Good luck with your decisions. ☺
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    Hi, I'm just coming to the end of my first year doing those subjects as well as bio. I would say, from my experience, that it can seem a bit overwhelming at first since you become so comfortable with GCSE maths but as long as you can put lots of practice in you will be fine. Everything makes a lot more sense after the first couple of months of getting used to it!
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    (Original post by saharan_skies)
    algebra is actually one of my favourite parts of maths, it's odd because people get so huffy about letters of the alphabet being involved in maths but it's honestly not that bad. i'm just really afraid for anything geometry or to do with shapes. I'm terrible at that. >.<

    A-level maths is a huge step from GCSE, GCSE is nothing and basically covers the easiest aspects of maths. a-level maths covers importnat things such as differentiation and integration and the use of like tan cos sin and many more trigonometrical equations such as basic ones as tan=sin/cos or sin^2x+cos^2x is identical to 1.
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    (Original post by EmLo12)
    Hi there! I'm doing triple science and maths.. and I gotta say it is a lot of work but if you love maths then I'd say why not try it If you don't like it then you can always change your options (if your school is like mine)

    Also about the subjects you're taking, physics is pretty much just maths & chemistry is a lot of maths too... so maths will help you with your other subjects

    If you're feeling a bit rusty on topics, you can always freshen your knowledge in the summer before you go back to school and that way you'll be prepared for the next step
    thank you so much for the advice, I'll have to think about it more deeply!! i just dont know how you're doing biology for a levels, i cant even stand it in gcse >.>
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    Also I hate the geometry drawing side of maths too.

    Also bearings anything but that I'm good.
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    Also I would recommend looking over either your old GCSE maths or the first chapter or so of C1 as it is pretty much just what you do at GCSE and you may as well use some of your free time in the summer practicing (wish I had done this lol)
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    (Original post by lewjen)
    You may find that A-level maths actually helps you with your problems because you gain a deeper understanding of what you're actually doing. Have you spoken to any teachers about the content, or had a look at the content you'd be learning and whether you think you'd be up to it?
    i have looked at a little bit of it and honestly it looks a bit daunting... i want to do it but i don't know if i can cope with it, especially since im struggling to get a handle on the 9-1 spec and the new spec basically is a contortion of various a-level topics added to it plus the existing ones >.>
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    (Original post by imundercover)
    i actually really enjoy a level maths. it involves a lot of simultaneous equations and algebra, so as long as you're comfortable with it, you should definitely take it! its my favourite subject by far
    thats also one of my favourite parts about maths!! i really enjoy surds, algebraic problems and anything to do with simultaneous equations o
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    What exam board is your school for A Level maths (AQA, OCR, OCR MEI, Edexcel)
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    Doing Phy and Chem and not Maths? Seems like a no brainer to me that you should be taking Maths as it complements your other subjects pretty well especially Physics. There'll be a bit of overlap too so that'll help you.
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    (Original post by ExoIceCream99)
    What exam board is your school for A Level maths (AQA, OCR, OCR MEI, Edexcel)
    It's AQA at the school I want to go to, which is a bit weird for me cause I've always only done Edexcel papers, why??
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    (Original post by Unrequited)
    Doing Phy and Chem and not Maths? Seems like a no brainer to me that you should be taking Maths as it complements your other subjects pretty well especially Physics. There'll be a bit of overlap too so that'll help you.
    thank you!!! it does seem like a no-brainer doesnt it?? i guess its just the jitters of not being able to pass GCSE maths is what im really concerned about..
 
 
 
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