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I got a B at IGCSE maths (I took half my IGCSES in January) and I'm predicted an A/A* at IGCSE physics (Physics is my tied favourite subject) I prefer maths in the context of science and would be fine independently learning the A level maths material that's necessary to fully understand physics , but I don't want to take maths at A level. Should I take physics without maths or am I gonna spectacularly fail?
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A-level physics just requires GCSE maths anyway (they'll teach you about some extra easy stuff like logarithms and radians) but the rest is basically knowing how to rearrange equations, SOHCAHTOA and nothing more tbh. It's not Impossible but A-level maths helps since it makes you more confident in the maths side of things.
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I initially did not take A-level maths, but I have found that A-level physics without maths would not change anything. It doesn't make anything feel hard or easy as you may think

I got a B for O-level maths too but doing A-level maths with a B is not hard; just saying if you have to take A-level maths.

Good luck though!
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(Original post by 3pointonefour)
A-level physics just requires GCSE maths anyway (they'll teach you about some extra easy stuff like logarithms and radians) but the rest is basically knowing how to rearrange equations, SOHCAHTOA and nothing more tbh. It's not Impossible but A-level maths helps since it makes you more confident in the maths side of things.
I agree with the fact taking the maths a level makes you more confident with the math you use in physics. A lot of people struggle with mechanics in physics if they haven’t take the mechanics modules in maths lessons.
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I agree with the fact taking the maths a level makes you more confident with the math you use in physics. A lot of people struggle with mechanics in physics if they haven’t take the mechanics modules in maths lessons.
Yeah, but the mechanics is physics is quite basic, and A-level maths really does prepare you for it in Physics. But like I said, it is possible to take physics without maths if youre willing to put in the work to practice the maths.
I think the hardest mechanics Physics has to offer is projectile motion, which is covered way more in depth in maths.
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(Original post by 3pointonefour)
Yeah, but the mechanics is physics is quite basic, and A-level maths really does prepare you for it in Physics. But like I said, it is possible to take physics without maths if youre willing to put in the work to practice the maths.
I think the hardest mechanics Physics has to offer is projectile motion, which is covered way more in depth in maths.
I agree
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(Original post by humbleburrito)
I got a B at IGCSE maths (I took half my IGCSES in January) and I'm predicted an A/A* at IGCSE physics (Physics is my tied favourite subject) I prefer maths in the context of science and would be fine independently learning the A level maths material that's necessary to fully understand physics , but I don't want to take maths at A level. Should I take physics without maths or am I gonna spectacularly fail?
I would question your motives about wanting to take A-level physics. Anything physics related at university, whether it be physics itself, engineering, geophysics etc. will require A-level maths as well as physics. The last thing you want is to fall in love with A-level physics and find you can't really take it any further. What are the other A-levels you want to do?

I think it's ridiculous that your school made you do IGCSE maths early. It makes sense for easier subjects to get them out of the way before the main exam season, but something so fundamental, important and difficult in relation to the other IGCSEs should be taught over the full 2 years and examined at the end.
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