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1. AQA A Level Maths Discussion Thread - 2018 Edition

Hey guys, I thought I'd make this niiiiiice and early so we can all share how we're preparing for our Maths exams this year?

Core 2
Date: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Time: Morning
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Days to go?: It's done!

Probably the most important way to prepare for maths is to do plenty of past papers! You can find the more recent papers here and the older ones here.

Also, Physics & Maths Tutor has some good resources for revision - everything from revision notes to questions on specific topics. You can find the Core 2 materials here.

Good luck with the preparations everyone, let the countdown commence!

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2. Hi,
I am doing revision for MPC2 AQA Maths old specification and have one question. Let`s say you worked out the full formula to find required value, next step is to put all the values in. Is it ok to use a calculator and give the required value in the next line or will you lose marks? Example:

b^2 = a^2 + c^2 - 2*a*c*cosB
b^2 = 13.5^2 + 9.25^2 - 2*13.5*9.25*cos 41(deg)
b^2 = 79.32 (4sf)

or should I replace the last line with this one:

b^2 = 182.25 + 86.5625 - 249.75*0.7547

Thanks
3. (Original post by sergiop)
Hi,
I am doing revision for MPC2 AQA Maths old specification and have one question. Let`s say you worked out the full formula to find required value, next step is to put all the values in. Is it ok to use a calculator and give the required value in the next line or will you lose marks? Example:

b^2 = a^2 + c^2 - 2*a*c*cosB
b^2 = 13.5^2 + 9.25^2 - 2*13.5*9.25*cos 41(deg)
b^2 = 79.32 (4sf)

or should I replace the last line with this one:

b^2 = 182.25 + 86.5625 - 249.75*0.7547

Thanks
You won't need to put that last line in, it'll be fine
4. Will there be anyone providing an unofficial mark scheme
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5. What did everyone get
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6. The 5 mark question. I did simultaneous equations from.

16p+q=16
121p+q=100

Then worked everything out. Anyone else??
7. Great paper, seemed easier than core 1. But the last question done me dirty
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8. Overall it didnt seem overly hard.
9. This paper was ****ing easy except for the last logs question.
10. Probably gonna be like 65 for an A; grade boundaries gonna be high for C2 this year.
11. (Original post by omni99)
Probably gonna be like 65 for an A; grade boundaries gonna be high for C2 this year.
Grade boundaries will be consistent with previous years. The reason you found it a lot easier was likely because C2 seems a lot easier in comparison to c3 and c4.
12. What an easy paper!

P=4/5 and q=16/5

Length=14

Some of the answers I can remember
13. copied down the question wrong. bases should be swapped.
14. How did you do the trig question 9sinx^2 2sinxcosx = 8
15. 16/log 2 (25/9) for the last
one anyone?
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16. (Original post by MajorFader)
What an easy paper!

P=4/5 and q=16/5

Length=14

Some of the answers I can remember
u4=83.2?
17. (Original post by omni99)
u4=83.2?
Yep 👍🏾👍🏾

For the area of the shaded region I think I got 91cm^2
18. saw someone incorrectly use the wrong bases, here is the CORRECT answer for 7bii:

p = 15/4

19. I also I got 16/log3/5 for the last one.
20. (Original post by harooney123)
How did you do the trig question 9sinx^2 2sinxcosx = 8
on the RHS make 8=8(sinx^2+cosx^2)
divide everything by cosx^2
rearrange

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