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1. I am doing enrichment mathematics and participating in informatics contests.
2. I took Further Maths, Maths, Physics and Biology. With an A*A*A*B, will my B in biology affect my chances?
3. I would not really panic though, you're still incredibly early. In fact my problem is possibly much worse than yours.
4. (Original post by Electric-man7)
I would not really panic though, you're still incredibly early. In fact my problem is possibly much worse than yours.
I planned to start it in Nov (before interview).....now still doing things that interest me (Fourier series...complex analysis) lol.... but somehow I still found Step questions not straightforward. How do you find them after going through all the papers????
5. Some of them become more straightforward than others, geometry and number theory become so much easier if you solve enough olympiad questions ,differentiation gets easier after a lot of practice, however my dream of being good at integration and statistics is still far, but I am starting to see an improvement in stats after studying extra modules (I took virtually no statistics in Maths or further maths).
6. (Original post by Electric-man7)
Some of them become more straightforward than others, geometry and number theory become so much easier if you solve enough olympiad questions ,differentiation gets easier after a lot of practice, however my dream of being good at integration and statistics is still far, but I am starting to see an improvement in stats after studying extra modules (I took virtually no statistics in Maths or further maths).
Which college are you applying to? Trinity...?
7. I highy doubt fourier series will help with STEP though, STEP questions arenot really susceptible to higher maths.
8. Actually I am applying to Oxford (oriel), but I will still take STEP for warwick and the fun of it.
9. (Original post by Electric-man7)
I highy doubt fourier series will help with STEP though, STEP questions arenot really susceptible to higher maths.
Sorry i didn't mean that...... Learning Fourier series is for 'recreational' purposes...... And it's used quite often in complex analysis (mainly Fourier transform), which is related to my EPQ....
10. I have never done an EPQ, what sort of books do you use to study and is it mathematiclly rigorous?
11. (Original post by Electric-man7)
I have never done an EPQ, what sort of books do you use to study and is it mathematiclly rigorous?
Analysis:
A Chinese textbook ( a few bits left, such as Stoke's theorem) now doing Rudin's ( haven't finished and didn't fully understand some proofs)
Complex Analysis:
Schaum's as a starting point, 'cuz it's really easy! Now doing Elias Stein's.... kinda dry and dull I'd say. I've only done chapters up to the residue formula so far....:
Fourier Analysis:
Elias' (Just started a week ago)

My EPQ talks about the Riemann Hypothesis (mainly the zeta function and the PNT) Fun thing to do!
12. (Original post by Andy Lau)
Analysis:
A Chinese textbook ( a few bits left, such as Stoke's theorem) now doing Rudin's ( haven't finished and didn't fully understand some proofs)
Complex Analysis:
Schaum's as a starting point, 'cuz it's really easy! Now doing Elias Stein's.... kinda dry and dull I'd say. I've only done chapters up to the residue formula so far....:
Fourier Analysis:
Elias' (Just started a week ago)

My EPQ talks about the Riemann Hypothesis (mainly the zeta function and the PNT) Fun thing to do!
I'd be interested to hear how it comes along. I was planning on doing a pure maths epq but was a bit stumped as to what to do it on.
13. (Original post by _gcx)
I'd be interested to hear how it comes along. I was planning on doing a pure maths epq but was a bit stumped as to what to do it on.
Yeh I've done it and handed it in......the journey was REALLY tough I'd say.....
14. (Original post by Andy Lau)
Yeh I've done it and handed it in......the journey was REALLY tough I'd say.....
Interesting, what did you include?
15. Mainly
History of primes
Euler product formula
Gamma function
Zeta function
PNT
Future of the problem
16. [QUOTE=Andy Lau;74057392]Mainly
History of primes
Euler product formula
Gamma function
Zeta function
PNT
Future of the problem[/QUOTE
Do these books contain exercises and practice material?
17. (Original post by _gcx)
I'd be interested to hear how it comes along. I was planning on doing a pure maths epq but was a bit stumped as to what to do it on.
Same here, what are you actually doing it on?

For me it's a programming project on card games (strategy). I'll probably find the best strategy for 'Go Fish' that has been found up to this point
18. Anyone know when they'll announce the STEP dates??
19. (Original post by etothepiiplusone)
Same here, what are you actually doing it on?

For me it's a programming project on card games (strategy). I'll probably find the best strategy for 'Go Fish' that has been found up to this point
I'm not sure. I was originally going to do it on fallacies within mathematics, but I'm not exactly sure how I could get an EPQ out of it. My other idea would be something to do with series, (maybe looking at its history too?) but again I'm not sure if that goes against the spirit of an EPQ.
20. (Original post by _gcx)
I'm not sure. I was originally going to do it on fallacies within mathematics, but I'm not exactly sure how I could get an EPQ out of it. My other idea would be something to do with series, (maybe looking at its history too?) but again I'm not sure if that goes against the spirit of an EPQ.
My two ideas were:

The historical discovery / development of , , , ... , and the anomalies, like the Pythagoreans 'finding' sqrt(2) before the negatives, and likewise the 'discovery' of complex numbers in solving cubics.

The correlation between how 'old' maths is against how 'hard' it is, perhaps in relation to other subjects (like a 'low-hanging fruit' exploration).

But they seemed a bit more history than they were maths.

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