# Physics and Further Maths A-Levels?

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I am going into year 12 and was planing on doing maths, further maths and economics. Having to do 4 a-levels I've been considering physics as I've been told that it's in essence, 'applied maths'.

My question is how does a physics a-level fair compared to further maths a-level? Regarding difficulty and similarity in content etc.

My question is how does a physics a-level fair compared to further maths a-level? Regarding difficulty and similarity in content etc.

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Not similar at all. Difficulty you'll have to judge for yourself. What course are you thinking of doing?

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I am going into year 12 and was planing on doing maths, further maths and economics. Having to do 4 a-levels I've been considering physics as I've been told that it's in essence, 'applied maths'.

My question is how does a physics a-level fair compared to further maths a-level? Regarding difficulty and similarity in content etc.

**jswaters22**)I am going into year 12 and was planing on doing maths, further maths and economics. Having to do 4 a-levels I've been considering physics as I've been told that it's in essence, 'applied maths'.

My question is how does a physics a-level fair compared to further maths a-level? Regarding difficulty and similarity in content etc.

I wanted to take physics but our teachers for it are sh*t. But yh its really easy if youre taking maths and further cuz theres a massive section in physics about mechanics which in also a massive section in maths.

Further maths only elaborates on maths itself. You wont use as much further maths in physics than you do with the content from maths

As far as difficulty is concerned. Honestly is based on how good at the subjects you are. I love maths and its really easy for me and physics would be easy too if you find the maths easy. But yh its really how you yourself actually feel about them when it comes to difficulty.

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There is certainly an overlap in content, particularly between the mechanics sections in physics and the mechanics modules in further maths, but on the whole they are quite different subjects. Further maths questions tend to test the physics concepts in a more mathematical way, so no wordy questions, less understanding, more equations/formulae involved), whereas physics questions tend to be rather simple in terms of calculations however the phrasing is harder to comprehend hence there is a lot more understanding required. I would do both but don't think that simply nailing the mechanics modules in further maths guarantees the same results in physics mechanics, not that easy.

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Im taking 5: maths, further math, economics, chemistry and art so pretty similar to you.

I wanted to take physics but our teachers for it are sh*t. But yh its really easy if youre taking maths and further cuz theres a massive section in physics about mechanics which in also a massive section in maths.

Further maths only elaborates on maths itself. You wont use as much further maths in physics than you do with the content from maths

As far as difficulty is concerned. Honestly is based on how good at the subjects you are. I love maths and its really easy for me and physics would be easy too if you find the maths easy. But yh its really how you yourself actually feel about them when it comes to difficulty.

**dat.sour.ting**)Im taking 5: maths, further math, economics, chemistry and art so pretty similar to you.

I wanted to take physics but our teachers for it are sh*t. But yh its really easy if youre taking maths and further cuz theres a massive section in physics about mechanics which in also a massive section in maths.

Further maths only elaborates on maths itself. You wont use as much further maths in physics than you do with the content from maths

As far as difficulty is concerned. Honestly is based on how good at the subjects you are. I love maths and its really easy for me and physics would be easy too if you find the maths easy. But yh its really how you yourself actually feel about them when it comes to difficulty.

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Not similar at all. Difficulty you'll have to judge for yourself. What course are you thinking of doing?

**luckystars**)Not similar at all. Difficulty you'll have to judge for yourself. What course are you thinking of doing?

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There is certainly an overlap in content, particularly between the mechanics sections in physics and the mechanics modules in further maths, but on the whole they are quite different subjects. Further maths questions tend to test the physics concepts in a more mathematical way, so no wordy questions, less understanding, more equations/formulae involved), whereas physics questions tend to be rather simple in terms of calculations however the phrasing is harder to comprehend hence there is a lot more understanding required. I would do both but don't think that simply nailing the mechanics modules in further maths guarantees the same results in physics mechanics, not that easy.

**TheFarmerLad**)There is certainly an overlap in content, particularly between the mechanics sections in physics and the mechanics modules in further maths, but on the whole they are quite different subjects. Further maths questions tend to test the physics concepts in a more mathematical way, so no wordy questions, less understanding, more equations/formulae involved), whereas physics questions tend to be rather simple in terms of calculations however the phrasing is harder to comprehend hence there is a lot more understanding required. I would do both but don't think that simply nailing the mechanics modules in further maths guarantees the same results in physics mechanics, not that easy.

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I've always been focused on maths but a relative said that taking physics would keep a lot of career choices open further down the line if I were to change my mind but whichever course I take it will be math-centered

**jswaters22**)I've always been focused on maths but a relative said that taking physics would keep a lot of career choices open further down the line if I were to change my mind but whichever course I take it will be math-centered

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I am going into year 12 and was planing on doing maths, further maths and economics. Having to do 4 a-levels I've been considering physics as I've been told that it's in essence, 'applied maths'.

My question is how does a physics a-level fair compared to further maths a-level? Regarding difficulty and similarity in content etc.

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Bad advice in this thread. A-Level Physics barely overlaps with Maths/F. Maths. The maths involved is basic and not a factor. There is plenty of chemistry, materials, electrics, experimental stuff, optics etc.

The amount of mechanics is small, barely 15% of the A-Level. Physics is a science like chemistry; phd in theoretical physics is mostly applied maths.

Everything 'luckystars' has said is on point btw

The amount of mechanics is small, barely 15% of the A-Level. Physics is a science like chemistry; phd in theoretical physics is mostly applied maths.

Everything 'luckystars' has said is on point btw

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Bad advice in this thread. A-Level Physics barely overlaps with Maths/F. Maths. The maths involved is basic and not a factor. There is plenty of chemistry, materials, electrics, experimental stuff, optics etc.

**Physics Enemy**)Bad advice in this thread. A-Level Physics barely overlaps with Maths/F. Maths. The maths involved is basic and not a factor. There is plenty of chemistry, materials, electrics, experimental stuff, optics etc.

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^This. The amount of maths in the physics A-level is close to non-existent (which is a shame).

**Zacken**)^This. The amount of maths in the physics A-level is close to non-existent (which is a shame).

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Just out of curiosity but what would you say is the key skill to physics then, ie. understanding theory, linking topics, learning how to pick apart questions?

**jswaters22**)Just out of curiosity but what would you say is the key skill to physics then, ie. understanding theory, linking topics, learning how to pick apart questions?

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I would say the key skill is remembering what the mark scheme wants for routine and standard questions that make up the entire paper year after year. It's a really crappy A-Level.

**Zacken**)I would say the key skill is remembering what the mark scheme wants for routine and standard questions that make up the entire paper year after year. It's a really crappy A-Level.

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I'm inferring you took it. What grade did you get and how did you find it etc? I just want to make the right decision that's all

**jswaters22**)I'm inferring you took it. What grade did you get and how did you find it etc? I just want to make the right decision that's all

It was mind numbingly dull and uninteresting but necessary nonetheless.

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I got an A, I think: 554 UMS iirc. I pretty much did nothing but skim through the textbook and practice 5 years of past paper questions.

It was mind numbingly dull and uninteresting but necessary nonetheless.

**Zacken**)I got an A, I think: 554 UMS iirc. I pretty much did nothing but skim through the textbook and practice 5 years of past paper questions.

It was mind numbingly dull and uninteresting but necessary nonetheless.

No-one on here has taken Further Maths because we only start teaching the new spec in September!

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Did you take the modular A level because Physics is linear now.

No-one on here has taken Further Maths because we only start teaching the new spec in September!

**Muttley79**)Did you take the modular A level because Physics is linear now.

No-one on here has taken Further Maths because we only start teaching the new spec in September!

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Physics is a science like chemistry; phd in theoretical physics is mostly applied maths.

**Physics Enemy**)Physics is a science like chemistry; phd in theoretical physics is mostly applied maths.

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To a certain extent I disagree, a degree/masters/phd in physics is mostly maths, theoretical or not.

**langlitz**)To a certain extent I disagree, a degree/masters/phd in physics is mostly maths, theoretical or not.

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There's a lot of formulae to memorise and numbers to plug in, but there's still a lot of written junk to learn and lab to drudge through. String theory is maths from the bottom up, involving group theory too. I'd say that's applied maths, not the basic calculations.

**Physics Enemy**)There's a lot of formulae to memorise and numbers to plug in, but there's still a lot of written junk to learn and lab to drudge through. String theory is maths from the bottom up, involving group theory too. I'd say that's applied maths, not the basic calculations.

"There's a lot of formulae to memorise and numbers to plug in, but there's still a lot of written junk to learn and lab to drudge through."

Maybe at your university

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