# Is F2 easier than F3 in Edexcel IAL, or is it the other way round?

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I am going to take either F2 or F3, and I have been wondering which unit would be more suitable. I have no knowledge of both units and I would liketo know your opinion on each one.
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4 years ago
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Further Pure 2:
- differential equations
- inequalities
- method of differences
- polar equations
- de Moivre thm

Further Pure 3:
- vectors
- matrices
- hyperbolic trig (sinh/cosh/tanh)
- reductive formulae (not sure about the name)
- ellipses, hyperbolas, parabolas and shapes like that

I'm taking both and my opinion is that both similarly difficult (despite the common belief that FP3 is harder)
Justification:
they both cover a wide wide range of topics
these topics are difficult in their own way - FP2 and FP3 syllabus does not overlap

Verdict:
if you want to deal with matrices/vectors, go for FP3
if you want to deal with differential equations/complex numbers, go for FP2
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(Original post by leekn)
Further Pure 2:
- differential equations
- inequalities
- method of differences
- polar equations
- de Moivre thm

Further Pure 3:
- vectors
- matrices
- hyperbolic trig (sinh/cosh/tanh)
- reductive formulae (not sure about the name)
- ellipses, hyperbolas, parabolas and shapes like that

I'm taking both and my opinion is that both similarly difficult (despite the common belief that FP3 is harder)
Justification:
they both cover a wide wide range of topics
these topics are difficult in their own way - FP2 and FP3 syllabus does not overlap

Verdict:
if you want to deal with matrices/vectors, go for FP3
if you want to deal with differential equations/complex numbers, go for FP2
Thanks a lot. I wonder which will be more suited for me; I am going to attend engineering in university btw.
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4 years ago
#4
(Original post by Franklin123)
Thanks a lot. I wonder which will be more suited for me; I am going to attend engineering in university btw.
Engineering... maybe both????? But realistically, vectors/matrices seem to be more common in engineering (I wouldn't know tho) like if you're taking Mechanics too then FP3 seems to be a bit more relevant?
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(Original post by leekn)
Engineering... maybe both????? But realistically, vectors/matrices seem to be more common in engineering (I wouldn't know tho) like if you're taking Mechanics too then FP3 seems to be a bit more relevant?
Thanks. It seems FP3 would be a better choice; me taking Mechanics units and all.
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