# M4 or FP3

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Hi, I'm interested in doing M2, M3 and FP2 next year. Do you think it would be better to do M4 or FP3 as a last choice
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2 years ago
#2
What are you going to study at uni?
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2 years ago
#3
Depends what you are going to study at uni.
I would generically go with FP3 though,I feel m1-m3 is enough mechanics for now.
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#4
Im thinking of doing either maths or Mechanical engineering at uni
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2 years ago
#5
I'd say FP3. Would be useful for either of those courses.
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2 years ago
#6
(Original post by Candlewood)
Hi, I'm interested in doing M2, M3 and FP2 next year. Do you think it would be better to do M4 or FP3 as a last choice
FP3 was actually quite fun, bar group theory. I prefer it over any A2 mechanics module though
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2 years ago
#7
(Original post by SGHD26716)
FP3 was actually quite fun, bar group theory. I prefer it over any A2 mechanics module though
Exactly. Group theory isn't fun, it's extra fun.
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2 years ago
#8
(Original post by alow)
Exactly. Group theory isn't fun, it's extra fun.
Mate you serious?

Such great topics like vectors, complex numbers, and then group theory shows it's ugly face. The questions are also always like 8 marks. Vectors can be fun.

My favourite though by far is differential equations
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#9
(Original post by alow)
Exactly. Group theory isn't fun, it's extra fun.
What is bar group theory?
In general is pure maths more interesting than mechanics?
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2 years ago
#10
(Original post by Candlewood)
What is bar group theory?
It's just group theory.

A group is a set of elements (e.g. matrices, complex numbers, integers, functions etc.) together with a binary operation (e.g. matrix multiplication, multiplication, function composition, etc.), which satisfies the four axioms of a group: closure, inverse, identity and associativity. There are other important concepts such as the representations of a group, but that would come later.

In the physical sciences they're useful in places such as determining if a molecule has a dipole moment or not (as the symmetry operations of a molecule constitute a group - the point group), if certain normal modes are active in IR spectroscopy, etc. along with a whole host of other things.

Obviously there is mathematical significance besides their use in physics but that's for a mathematician to talk about.

In general is pure maths more interesting than mechanics?
Depends on what you like. If you do a mathematical subject at university, no matter what it is, FP3 will be very useful.
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