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    Yeah honestly I just find vectors a bit irrelevant😅 and 3D shapes have always been a bit iffy for me so 3D vectors are a pain!

    Yeah I’m doing the SMC! Honestly I don’t really want to do it, but everyone else in my class is doing it so it was either sit it or have a free🤷🏻 I already did the MOG this year, and I have the team maths challenge next week, so I’m getting a bit tired out of the UKMT challenges! Are you?
    Yes I fail at 3D shapes...or actually just any shapes...triangles are occasionally ok, but that's it :lol:
    Yes I'm doing it as well All the maths/fm students get entered for it at my college. A free would have been nice...but I like sitting it so I'm not really bothered. I didn't do the MOG, but I'm hoping to to do the team challenge (but it's quite competitive to get in at my college so not sure I'll get to ) Our heat isn't for a few weeks so our teacher is expecting the SMC results back first, and will be using them to decide who does the team challenge! (And despite this I've still been procrastinating all evening...:oops:)
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    You’re preparing for it? Our Y13s want a run through of the last round one lunchtime and I thought that was a bit ott😂 I though everyone just wings the team challenge😅

    Well good luck tomorrow and for the team challenges!
    Thanks, you too!
    We've been practicing some questions because we have a couple of international students, so it's good to try a couple together
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    I’m taking Maths and Further maths with edexcel,
    My plan after is to do civil engineering
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    Hey guys,
    Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New year!
    I'm just bringing this thread back to life since it died :sad: and I wanted to remind you all you can post questions on here if you're stuck on anything or just want to discuss anything maths related
    Has anyone else got mocks coming up? We've barely done anything new and yet we appear to have mocks next week (apparently...our teacher didn't think to tell us :facepalm:)
    Yesterday marked 20 weeks until the first further maths AS exam :shock: Wasn't especially happy to hear how low that number is!
    Hope everyone's studies are going well :yep:
    Just tagging in anyone who has posted on the thread so far, so I apologise if anyone posted saying they're not taking maths or anything like that :lol:
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    Hey guys,
    Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New year!
    I'm just bringing this thread back to life since it died :sad: and I wanted to remind you all you can post questions on here if you're stuck on anything or just want to discuss anything maths related
    Has anyone else got mocks coming up? We've barely done anything new and yet we appear to have mocks next week (apparently...our teacher didn't think to tell us :facepalm:)
    Yesterday marked 20 weeks until the first further maths AS exam :shock: Wasn't especially happy to hear how low that number is!
    Hope everyone's studies are going well :yep:
    Just tagging in anyone who has posted on the thread so far, so I apologise if anyone posted saying they're not taking maths or anything like that :lol:
    My school structures the course so we take all our exams at the end of two years. Great at the moment but probably won't be as great next year!
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    (Original post by JammieDodger27)
    My school structures the course so we take all our exams at the end of two years. Great at the moment but probably won't be as great next year!
    We do that as well! All the exams which count will be done at the end of year 13...but because my school is awkward then they feel the need to enter us all in for ASs in maths and further maths (2 of 3 subjects doing this across the entire school :unimpressed:) which of course don't count towards the final grade, and are just used for predicted grades in the autumn!
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    Does anyone know if they will have proper mock papers set by the exam boards, I'm doing edexel specifically?

    Edit: one google search showed me that there actually are secure ones
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    I've just checked the Edexcel specification for A level maths, it says we're allowed to use calculators for all exams. If that's the case, then why do we need to memorize values of sin,cos and tan for 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°?
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    Probably logarithms. I also really like coordinate geometry.
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    (Original post by Doctor1234)
    I've just checked the Edexcel specification for A level maths, it says we're allowed to use calculators for all exams. If that's the case, then why do we need to memorize values of sin,cos and tan for 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°?
    I assume it's for speed or something? It is a little odd, I never knew them properly for GCSE, I just knew how to work them out if I needed them.
    Unless there's some other reason we're missing Notnek?
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    (Original post by Lemur14)
    Hey guys,
    Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New year!
    I'm just bringing this thread back to life since it died :sad: and I wanted to remind you all you can post questions on here if you're stuck on anything or just want to discuss anything maths related
    Has anyone else got mocks coming up? We've barely done anything new and yet we appear to have mocks next week (apparently...our teacher didn't think to tell us :facepalm:)
    Yesterday marked 20 weeks until the first further maths AS exam :shock: Wasn't especially happy to hear how low that number is!
    Hope everyone's studies are going well :yep:
    Just tagging in anyone who has posted on the thread so far, so I apologise if anyone posted saying they're not taking maths or anything like that
    I've got mocks in February I think, so we've still got a bit of time. I agree though that in normal maths I feel like I've barely learnt anything. I've learnt a few trig bits, binomial expansion and differentiation but that's it and I kind of knew how to do most of that anyway.

    That's kind of alarming that there's only 20 weeks left... my school is entering us for AS maths and further maths too which none of us are particularly happy about. It kind of feels a bit pointless because it doesn't contribute to our grade, other subjects don't have AS exams and I feel like we might end up rushing through loads of applied stuff. Not to mention the fact that with AQA, the further maths AS requires some knowledge from the full A level of normal maths which we haven't been taught (at least that's what the specification implies)
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    (Original post by ecila21)
    I've got mocks in February I think, so we've still got a bit of time. I agree though that in normal maths I feel like I've barely learnt anything. I've learnt a few trig bits, binomial expansion and differentiation but that's it and I kind of knew how to do most of that anyway.

    That's kind of alarming that there's only 20 weeks left... my school is entering us for AS maths and further maths too which none of us are particularly happy about. It kind of feels a bit pointless because it doesn't contribute to our grade, other subjects don't have AS exams and I feel like we might end up rushing through loads of applied stuff. Not to mention the fact that with AQA, the further maths AS requires some knowledge from the full A level of normal maths which we haven't been taught (at least that's what the specification implies)
    That would be better for us, as I believe the plan is for us to have finished all of single pure by February (I'm not sure it will be done by then judging by how much is left, but I guess they know best!). I've literally learnt nothing new! Got better a differentiation without whole numbers but that's it!
    It is sort of alarming! We're definitely gonna end up rushing mechanics at the end. I don't think that's the case with Edexcel, but that's pretty stupid! Hopefully that's just a bad implication which isn't true.
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    (Original post by Lemur14)
    I assume it's for speed or something? It is a little odd, I never knew them properly for GCSE, I just knew how to work them out if I needed them.
    Unless there's some other reason we're missing Notnek?
    It's a good question and one that students ask every year. I'll write a long explanation so I can use it in the future:

    The spec/textbooks/your teacher will tell you to learn the exact trig values. But if you don't know them (or how to find them) you can just use a calculator in the exam and many students breathe a sigh of relief when they find this out But you have to be aware that some exam questions might say "without using a calculator". Simple example:

    Without a calculator write \sin 30 + \cos 30 as a single fraction.

    If you just worked it out on your calculator and wrote \frac{1+\sqrt{3}}{2} you wouldn't get the marks. You'd need to show that you know the values of \sin 30 and \cos 30 in your working, even though you may have used your calculator to find them! I know this is a bit silly.

    But, if you don't know the exact values then it will make a lot of textbook questions that say "without using a calculator" a bit pointless and you may even struggle in lessons sometimes depending on your teacher. You may end up skipping some really useful excercises. Also, once you know the exact values you can find e.g. cos(150) quickly in your head - this kind of thing will make you more confident with trig. I really regret not learning the exact values earlier on in A Levels. One more thing : there may be situations outside of A Level e.g. a University interview where not knowing the exact values won't go down well.

    If you don't already know the exact values off-by-heart from GCSE then I highly recommend spending 10 minutes learning them. You'll be surprised how easy it is. Then try a trig exercise in your textbook that uses the exact values.
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    Can we shove physics and further maths in here too? Safeeeeeee
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    (Original post by Sanjith Hegde123)
    Can we shove physics and further maths in here too? Safeeeeeee
    Further maths yes...physics :noway::yucky:
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    (Original post by Lemur14)
    That would be better for us, as I believe the plan is for us to have finished all of single pure by February (I'm not sure it will be done by then judging by how much is left, but I guess they know best!). I've literally learnt nothing new! Got better a differentiation without whole numbers but that's it!
    It is sort of alarming! We're definitely gonna end up rushing mechanics at the end. I don't think that's the case with Edexcel, but that's pretty stupid! Hopefully that's just a bad implication which isn't true.
    I'm hoping that we'll move onto logarithms and stuff fairly rapidly so we can at least learn something.

    I really hope so - it's been very frustrating so far when our teachers have given us questions that we cannot do without extra knowledge from A level maths
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    Anyone considering applying for maths at uni:

    Have you read any maths books that you recommend for someone at a Yr12 Level?

    I’ve read “the History of Mathematics: a short introduction” (one of the oxford series books) which I recommend; it doesn’t really contain much (if any) maths but it’s really interesting, especially if you like history (it discusses how the term “mathematician” developed, as well as showing different, forgotten yet important, mathematicians throughout history, to name a couple points). It’s a pretty easy read but, although interesting, not that useful.
    I’ve started another book which is on prime numbers and that is WAY above Year12 Level (I’ve had to teach myself the basics of imaginary and complex numbers to try and keep up with it) so I’m struggling to find a book that is at the right level for someone who has finished AS maths and is currently working on the rest of the A Level maths.

    Any suggestions or reviews of books would be appreciated!
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    (Original post by ecila21)
    I'm hoping that we'll move onto logarithms and stuff fairly rapidly so we can at least learn something.

    I really hope so - it's been very frustrating so far when our teachers have given us questions that we cannot do without extra knowledge from A level maths
    We start integration tomorrow We have iirc 8 lessons on that and then we move onto stuff we haven't done yet :excited:
    We haven't had that problem. Are your teachers using the textbook?
    (Original post by Pastelx)
    Anyone considering applying for maths at uni:

    Have you read any maths books that you recommend for someone at a Yr12 Level?

    I’ve read “the History of Mathematics: a short introduction” (one of the oxford series books) which I recommend; it doesn’t really contain much (if any) maths but it’s really interesting, especially if you like history (it discusses how the term “mathematician” developed, as well as showing different, forgotten yet important, mathematicians throughout history, to name a couple points). It’s a pretty easy read but, although interesting, not that useful.
    I’ve started another book which is on prime numbers and that is WAY above Year12 Level (I’ve had to teach myself the basics of imaginary and complex numbers to try and keep up with it) so I’m struggling to find a book that is at the right level for someone who has finished AS maths and is currently working on the rest of the A Level maths.

    Any suggestions or reviews of books would be appreciated!
    I am!
    I've got a few books (haven't completed many yet )
    In school we're reading "Why do buses come in threes?" and "How long is a piece of string" which so far have been accessible, although they're not the most exciting thing ever.
    I think the books I've been enjoying most so far are "The calculus of happiness"(definitely accessible so far) and "Dr Euler's fabulous formula" (not terribly accessible I wouldn't think, but interesting all the same)
    If you look online at book shops like blackwells they have a lot of books which are for reading simply for interests sake, but are academic all the same. (wouldn't advice buying them from there as they're usually cheaper on amazon!)
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    Anyone considering applying for maths at uni:

    Have you read any maths books that you recommend for someone at a Yr12 Level?

    I’ve read “the History of Mathematics: a short introduction” (one of the oxford series books) which I recommend; it doesn’t really contain much (if any) maths but it’s really interesting, especially if you like history (it discusses how the term “mathematician” developed, as well as showing different, forgotten yet important, mathematicians throughout history, to name a couple points). It’s a pretty easy read but, although interesting, not that useful.
    I’ve started another book which is on prime numbers and that is WAY above Year12 Level (I’ve had to teach myself the basics of imaginary and complex numbers to try and keep up with it) so I’m struggling to find a book that is at the right level for someone who has finished AS maths and is currently working on the rest of the A Level maths.

    Any suggestions or reviews of books would be appreciated!
    I'm currently reading Alex's Adventures in Numberland and it's a really accessible read. There are very few equations and stuff and it assumes no prior knowledge, which is nice. There's stuff on how we learn to count and loads of things about the applications of maths, such as the uses of probability in gambling (which is where I'm up to now).

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    We start integration tomorrow We have iirc 8 lessons on that and then we move onto stuff we haven't done yet :excited:
    We haven't had that problem. Are your teachers using the textbook?

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    Actually, I think integration is probably the next thing we'll do, since we've been doing differentiation. I think we've finished it, so I guess integration starts on Friday?

    They are but they've been switching books a lot, which doesn't help. One teacher isn't too bad and if there's something which we need additional knowledge for, she'll explain it at the beginning of the lesson. Like, we needed radians for complex numbers which aren't covered until next year in normal maths so she sat and gave us a 15 minute crash course. She has also already done all of the questions that she plans to give us in the lessons (most of the time, at least). The other teacher just kind of walks in and picks some questions without checking whether we could actually do them first.
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    (Original post by Lemur14)
    Yesterday marked 20 weeks until the first further maths AS exam :shock: Wasn't especially happy to hear how low that number is!
    ,or the first A Level Maths exams, if your school's consecutively teaching like mine.
 
 
 
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