# The Most useful type of mathematics for physics?

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I want to apply for a Physics and Astronomy/Astrophysics degree at Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Southampton, and Exeter.

I need to do a distance Maths A Level Course but the one I'm looking at has 3 different types:

- Pure Maths
Pure core 1: algebra, trigonometry, integration, etc.
Pure core 2: exponentials, logarithms, etc.
Further pure 1: complex numbers, linear equations, etc.

Pure core 3: algebraic functions, coordinate geometry, etc.
Pure core 4: vectors, further coordinate geometry, etc.
Further pure 2: hyperbolic functions, matrices, etc.

- Maths and Statistics
• Pure Core 1: algebra, trigonometry, integration, etc.
• Pure Core 2: exponentials, logarithms, etc.
• Statistics 1B: probability, collection of data, correlation, etc.
• Pure Core 3: algebraic functions, coordinate geometry, etc.
• Pure Core 4: vectors, further coordinate geometry, etc.
• Statistics 2B: sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, etc.

- Maths and Mechanics
Pure core 1: algebra, trigonometry, integration, etc.
Pure core 2: exponentials, logarithms, etc.
Mechanics 1: vectors, forces, projectiles, etc.Pure core 3: algebraic functions, coordinate geometry, etc.
Pure core 4: vectors, further coordinate geometry, etc.
Mechanics 2: Newton’s laws of motion, kinematics, etc

Which is best for studying a physics degree?

Thank you!
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2 years ago
#2
In order of usefulness, I would say Mechanics, then Pure, then Stats.
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2 years ago
#3
(Original post by Design)
I want to apply for a Physics and Astronomy/Astrophysics degree at Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Southampton, and Exeter.

I need to do a distance Maths A Level Course but the one I'm looking at has 3 different types:

- Pure Maths
Pure core 1: algebra, trigonometry, integration, etc.
Pure core 2: exponentials, logarithms, etc.
Further pure 1: complex numbers, linear equations, etc.

Pure core 3: algebraic functions, coordinate geometry, etc.
Pure core 4: vectors, further coordinate geometry, etc.
Further pure 2: hyperbolic functions, matrices, etc.

- Maths and Statistics
• Pure Core 1: algebra, trigonometry, integration, etc.
• Pure Core 2: exponentials, logarithms, etc.
• Statistics 1B: probability, collection of data, correlation, etc.
• Pure Core 3: algebraic functions, coordinate geometry, etc.
• Pure Core 4: vectors, further coordinate geometry, etc.
• Statistics 2B: sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, etc.

- Maths and Mechanics
Pure core 1: algebra, trigonometry, integration, etc.
Pure core 2: exponentials, logarithms, etc.
Mechanics 1: vectors, forces, projectiles, etc.Pure core 3: algebraic functions, coordinate geometry, etc.
Pure core 4: vectors, further coordinate geometry, etc.
Mechanics 2: Newton’s laws of motion, kinematics, etc

Which is best for studying a physics degree?

Thank you!
Pure then mechanics then stats (none of the stats stuff will be useful in first year tbh)

Take pure if you want to be better at maths going in and already have seen all of the first year maths topics before (the better you are at maths the faster you will take to uni physics imo)
take mechanics if you want a feel of what uni physics mechanics is like (though imo it isnt too useful as you cover it all slowly again anyway)
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2 years ago
#4
Generally Mechanics is the choice for Physics students, although the pure is also useful. It doesn't really matter the universities don't care which modules so long as you get the grades.
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