Realistically, will I cope with A-Level Physics without Maths

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I’m doing History, Geography and Physics for A-Level and got a 6 in GCSE Maths.

So far I’ve enjoyed Physics, because I find it interesting and for some reason I enjoy applied maths but despise pure maths (the reason why I didn’t take Maths). So far I haven’t struggled and I’m up to SUVAT equations.

I enjoy my subjects a lot and particularly like the fact that they’re all quite different. I picked these subjects because I enjoyed them at GCSE and they were also my best grades (well, highest marks as I got all A’s besides Maths). I’m also very motivated to do well in it, despite not being able to do anything STEM/Physics related at university.

Since I’m doing 3 subjects I’ll have more time to practice the maths side of Physics, but do you think I’d struggle without Maths?
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(Original post by Fonzworth)
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Maths in physics A-Level is easy, like ~ B @ GCSE easy. Mech in maths A-Level can help a bit, but no biggie. So it's doable, I know a few who coped fine.

It's not that physics w/o maths is signif harder, it's that those who take both tend to be better at maths/sci (self selecting).
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Just take maths with mechanics. It helps
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No.
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If you look at the specification, you'll see that the difficulty of the maths involved is greatly overexaggerated. It does not assume that you have studied A-level maths.

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I did Physics AS and Maths as a full A Level and only one topic was covered in both subjects - mechanics
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(Original post by Fonzworth)
I’m doing History, Geography and Physics for A-Level and got a 6 in GCSE Maths.

So far I’ve enjoyed Physics, because I find it interesting and for some reason I enjoy applied maths but despise pure maths (the reason why I didn’t take Maths). So far I haven’t struggled and I’m up to SUVAT equations.

I enjoy my subjects a lot and particularly like the fact that they’re all quite different. I picked these subjects because I enjoyed them at GCSE and they were also my best grades (well, highest marks as I got all A’s besides Maths). I’m also very motivated to do well in it, despite not being able to do anything STEM/Physics related at university.

Since I’m doing 3 subjects I’ll have more time to practice the maths side of Physics, but do you think I’d struggle without Maths?
You'll fail Physics.
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I personally wouldn't take physics without maths. I don't know what you want to do at uni but I take it you understand that any course that will ask for physics will also ask for maths. It's your decision, though.
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The maths in A-level physics isn’t that challenging, a lot of it is just plugging numbers into a formula. There may be a bit of algebra manipulation but that’s what you would find in GCSE maths. I would say however that if you don’t do A-level maths, the only way you could do physics at uni is if you find a foundation course that doesn’t require maths. One of my friends who did physics got a B and he didn’t take maths at A-level.
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I personally wouldn't take physics without maths. I don't know what you want to do at uni but I take it you understand that any course that will ask for physics will also ask for maths. It's your decision, though.
I may do Geology which asks for 2 sciences, Geography counts as 1
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(Original post by Fonzworth)
I may do Geology which asks for 2 sciences, Geography counts as 1
Why not take Maths as a fourth?
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Just take maths with mechanics. It helps
In the time I would have maths I could practice the maths in Physics and I don’t really want to stress a lot over an AS
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Why not take Maths as a fourth?
I don’t really want to stress over an AS and in the time I would have maths I could practice the maths in Physics
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(Original post by Andrew Dainty)
The maths in A-level physics isn’t that challenging, a lot of it is just plugging numbers into a formula. There may be a bit of algebra manipulation but that’s what you would find in GCSE maths. I would say however that if you don’t do A-level maths, the only way you could do physics at uni is if you find a foundation course that doesn’t require maths. One of my friends who did physics got a B and he didn’t take maths at A-level.
That’s the unfortunate thing, I don’t thing Physics at degree level would be for me
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(Original post by SwayzieExpress)
I personally wouldn't take physics without maths. I don't know what you want to do at uni but I take it you understand that any course that will ask for physics will also ask for maths. It's your decision, though.
This is the annoying thing, but I guess if it requires a solid maths background then the degree isn’t for me
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You'll fail Physics.
How so?
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How so?
As someone who took A level physics without maths. Only two people got decent grades and both did A level maths. Everyone else screwed up.
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(Original post by 06moca1)
As someone who took A level physics without maths. Only two people got decent grades and both did A level maths. Everyone else screwed up.
Would you say that they worked hard and practiced a lot?
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As long as you feel very confident with the content you covered in GCSE Maths then I don't see any reason why you should struggle with the mathematical content in A Level Physics. The reason why people not taking A Level Maths often do worse at A Level Physics is probably less to do with them not taking Maths and more to do with them more likely being weaker at maths/physics in the first place.
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(Original post by Plagioclase)
As long as you feel very confident with the content you covered in GCSE Maths then I don't see any reason why you should struggle with the mathematical content in A Level Physics. The reason why people not taking A Level Maths often do worse at A Level Physics is probably less to do with them not taking Maths and more to do with them more likely being weaker at maths/physics in the first place.
Thanks for this, I remember someone saying that the only advantage of doing A-Level Maths is that they get more practice
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