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    FP2
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    FP3
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    Teaching myself further maths AS, before I start please could someone advise me on which modules I should do?

    I do mechanics in my normal maths a-level already.
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    I would recommend doing three FP modules.
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    S1 and D1 are not useful at all for a Physics degree.

    Do as much Pure and Mechanics as you can if you want to be ahead of the game when you start. I did Pures 1 - 6 and Mechanics 1 - 6 at A level (and some statistics modules which weren't very useful) and I found this helped no end at University, especially the ideas that are presented in the later modules. You will use these right through a Physics degree.
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    are you AQA? because theres no FP4 on edexcel :P
    anyway, i agree with the above posters, stats and decision arent that important for physics, but if youre doing a maths with physics degree i presume its 75% maths and 25% physics, so i guess stats and decision will come in in the maths anyway...completely up to you which modules you pick then. for physics though, definitely as much mechanics as you can.
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    I've done FP2 and 4, and out of those 2 id suggest FP4. FP3 has quite a lot of calculus is which would be useful for physics i believe.
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    M3 and M4 too?

    If I was doing AQA (I'm not), I'd ideally do FP1, FP2, FP3, FP4, M3 and M4. With M1 and M2 being the applied modules in normal maths.
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    Yeh, going further than M2 would be good. FP1 wouldnt be too helpful, but you'd need to cover it probably to understand the further modules, as it introduces matrices/complex numbers etc, you could just look over it though, and not necessarily do the exam, and do an extra mechanics one instead.
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    Do all mechanics all pure!! You cant do enough.
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    you might all hate this, but S2 would be very useful, i only did it as my teacher couldn't teach M3 but it's really use for hypothesis testing in experiments.
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    (Original post by 2^1/2)
    you might all hate this, but S2 would be very useful, i only did it as my teacher couldn't teach M3 but it's really use for hypothesis testing in experiments.
    i am sort of contradicting myself here with my previous post, but i have heard that SOME statistics is useful for physics for experiments etc. so maybe S1 and the rest pure and mechanics?
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    (Original post by 2^1/2)
    you might all hate this, but S2 would be very useful, i only did it as my teacher couldn't teach M3 but it's really use for hypothesis testing in experiments.
    and to counter that hypothesis testing is just a case of following steps, you dont need to understand it, so mechanics modules are a lot more useful. you get an overall better knowledge and approach to maths doing pure and mechanics.

    EDIT: Someone I know is doing M3, just covered something that will come up in their a2 physics, so the further you can get with mechanics the better
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    yeah i agree SHM is in M3 which is in a2 physics.

    lets not turn this into ragging stats, S1 is too easy it's just gcse really, S2 has the useful stuff.

    i agree mechs will be more useful for a physics degree, but don't rule out stats!
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    Yeh i suppose, do you have to have done the s1 exam to do s2 though? I dno how it works cause ive done them all in order... its pretty much different content, you wouldnt need to have studied s1, just dont know if u can take it s2 without s1...
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    Anything to do with calculus, matrices, trig, probability, summation, series and vectors. In fact most of them are useful to some extent but some more than others.
 
 
 
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