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    (Original post by CastCuraga)
    Aye, I took M1 and M2 for that reason. D1 or D2 wouldn't have hurt for the coding aspects of Astro, mind.

    I didn't do FM but I've looked over M3/4/5, will check out FP1-3 over the summer as well. Thanks for the heads-up. I take it you do Physics?
    M1 + M2 will be useful for year 1 mechanics (and should make it quite easy as well)

    Dont worry about the coding bits, they assume no prior knowledge anyway

    I would say FP1-3 are more important than M3-5, you use a lot of linear algebra, complex numbers, trig, coordinate systems etc in both the maths modules and then year 2 physics modules (little bits in year 1 physics but you dont really start to use 'harder' maths in physics Q's until year 2).

    I'm 3rd year of theoretical phyiscs so do lots of pure maths that straight/astro people dont do (but do the same physics theory bits and have the same physics optional modules), but then I havent done labs since first year (and did a computational project for my dissertation)
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    (Original post by madmadmax321)
    M1 + M2 will be useful for year 1 mechanics (and should make it quite easy as well)

    Dont worry about the coding bits, they assume no prior knowledge anyway

    I would say FP1-3 are more important than M3-5, you use a lot of linear algebra, complex numbers, trig, coordinate systems etc in both the maths modules and then year 2 physics modules (little bits in year 1 physics but you dont really start to use 'harder' maths in physics Q's until year 2).

    I'm 3rd year of theoretical phyiscs so do lots of pure maths that straight/astro people dont do (but do the same physics theory bits and have the same physics optional modules), but then I havent done labs since first year (and did a computational project for my dissertation)
    Is FP1-3 significantly harder than A2 Math? C3 is admittedly kicking my arse a little bit. Obviously it's no-consequence if I'm just going over it during the break but just curious how far the jump is. Good to know when the harder math kicks in though, thank ye.

    Right I see, so in Astro I can expect to do a lot more labs but less Math, I guess that works out given I'll be doing like 30 credits of Math per semester anyhow. Any idea what kind of stuff the labs entail? It seems harder to do practicals for than, say, Bio or Chem.

    Sorry for asking a lot of questions, it's helpful to have the benefit of someone that's gone through it already though.
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    (Original post by CastCuraga)
    Is FP1-3 significantly harder than A2 Math? C3 is admittedly kicking my arse a little bit. Obviously it's no-consequence if I'm just going over it during the break but just curious how far the jump is. Good to know when the harder math kicks in though, thank ye.

    Right I see, so in Astro I can expect to do a lot more labs but less Math, I guess that works out given I'll be doing like 30 credits of Math per semester anyhow. Any idea what kind of stuff the labs entail? It seems harder to do practicals for than, say, Bio or Chem.

    Sorry for asking a lot of questions, it's helpful to have the benefit of someone that's gone through it already though.
    I never took further maths at A-level (though I know what is covered) but the content itself is fine imo, it just takes time to understand it plus imo the content in further maths is when maths starts to get fun

    As you know learning and understanding the content (the important part for uni) is very different to doing well in the exam at a-level as (at least when I did A-levels) it was all about past paper practice etc etc (at uni there is little of this, I dont think I have ever been given a complete mark scheme to a past paper)


    If you can learn to do the content in a maths A-level well then you have the ability to learn the content in FM + a physics degree well but everyone finds different topics easy and hard, I personally find linear algebra and its applications to things like transformation geometry (which is a 3rd year maths topic) quite easy but still struggle with trig stuff covered in C1-4 if I dont practice it all the time

    (I cant talk for 2nd year lab as I didnt do them) 1st year labs were fine, you get your hand held when needed and they are much more enjoyable then a-level practicals, its more about learning to use the equipment correctly and be able to produce analyse your data than the actual result you get out at the end (in 1st year lab). As for what they specifically entail I cant really remember tbh but we did things like calculating planks constant, measuring the charge to mass ratio of the electron and lots of other bits but each uni may do things differently/do different experiments
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    (Original post by CastCuraga)
    Thanks to you both for your views, it's helpful to see how uni differs from A2.

    I should give more info; I know pretty well what goes into Astro having grown up with someone that practically lived and breathed it, but I admit I haven't studied further than A2 myself. I did better in Biology (A* compared to high B in Phys) but I do prefer Physics.

    To be honest I would prefer to study Astrophysics, but I do appreciate that I can't fully know what goes into it without doing it higher than A2. It's not the only area that interests me though, I liked Mechanics, Radioactivity, Medical Physics etc at A Level as well.

    The legitimate concern was just that Astro was too narrow to do anything except Astro with, and while I love it now, I don't know what I'll feel in 4 years and might want to drop onto my other main interest, which was BME.

    Again thank you both for your info, I think I have a clearer idea going into this now. :yep:
    Then do astrophysics + maths if that's what you love then you will enjoy studying it!!
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