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Should I do maths A level watch
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Last edited by Shshsjakk; 14-03-2018 at 23:21.
- 07-03-2018 22:03
- 07-03-2018 22:31
I am choosing biology, chemistry and physics a levels to start next year and i too was worried about not doing maths but having spoken to many people in sixth form and teachers i have decided that i would rather do physics that i enjoy more and put in the work for any maths i dont understand than to do a level maths. Im not sure what unis prefer for studying biotechnology but they will want 3 well regarded subjects and grades which meet the entry requirements. Hope this was a bit helpful
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- 13-03-2018 16:10
(Original post by Shshsjakk)
- 13-03-2018 16:52
I want to do business studies and biology for my A levels. Ideally I would like to study biotechnology at university which usually requires two science A levels. I prefer physics more than chemistry so I could pick that as my other science, but, the main problem I have is a lot of people are saying it is hard to do physics without maths, although a lot of people are saying the maths in physics is fairly basic. I understand maths but I find it a bit boring so I'm not sure if I should do it. Also, I can only do 3 A levels so do you think I would be better off doing maths instead of business studies?
I recommend going for the choice you will enjoy more and know you can get a good grade in.
I personally did physics and maths a levels. I don't know what exam board you are so I can't say it's exactly the same but..
The only part of the maths that helped with the physics was the mechanics and the mechanics in my physics exam was very straight forward. If you understand physics well I think it's easily possible to get top marks without doing maths.
Like everything you just need to work hard at it.
Hope that is helpful.
- 13-03-2018 17:05
I'm just going to lay it down here since no one has really mentioned it properly:
The Physics course is specifically designed at A Level to guarantee that those who do not do Maths and those who do/FM, are just as likely of getting a good grade. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, those who do Maths and FM will most likely do Mechanics that will help with Physics, and will, at the end of the day get good grades, but the point of this is that not doing Maths in no way restricts your own ability to attain those same grades.
The actual Mechanics itself is specifically designed to not exceed Grade 7-9 GCSE standard, particularly in AS.
Of course, in A2 you will likely come across some slightly new concepts, like the logarithm, however conceptually these shouldn't be too challenging for you, I'd suggest looking at the spec for the board you plan to do Physics on and seeing the level of demand for Maths, it most likely will be to high grade GCSE standard, meaning they can't really assess you for content that is taught beyond that unless it is taught board wide first. When I took a peek inside my formula book last week, containing both AS and A2 stuff, the symbols and letters looked funny and intimidating but the actual maths was fairly basic!
You will soon come to find that in Physics A Level, the tough bit is not the Maths, but infact finding using your own Physics knowledge where and when it can be applied! This is one of the main reasons that doing Maths does not automatically guarantee good Physics grades, you may be able to do Maths like a whizz but if you don't know when and where to apply your stuff in Physics, you're toast.
In terms of my own experience (albeit not very neutral standpoint as I do Maths and Further Maths), I'd say that the Mechanics in Physics is very easy to understand once you get the conceptual knowledge. The tough bit is the electricity for most, however it's not the equations themselves, just again where to apply, some of which, like V = IR, or Rt = R1 + R2 + R3 (for series), you may have come across in GCSE. Infact, if you did new-GCSE, you come into the AS in a very good position, as some of the AS topics like Taking Moments, etc, are now in the new GCSE, so you should be fine.
In conclusion, sure, Maths is a good option to pick with Physics, but not taking it does not inherently strip your chance of good grades, you just need an aptitude and passion for it.