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Essentially, I want to see what people think of each of the further maths a level applied options (this is for AQA)

The options are:

Statistics

Mechanics

Discrete

My school is doing Mechanics and apparently it’s very difficult. How do discrete and statistics compare in this regard ? And which is the most interesting of the 3 options ?

The options are:

Statistics

Mechanics

Discrete

My school is doing Mechanics and apparently it’s very difficult. How do discrete and statistics compare in this regard ? And which is the most interesting of the 3 options ?

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I'm doing Mechanics and Statistics (AQA). I don't think I have a choice though. If you do physics then doing mechanics might be useful?

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Essentially, I want to see what people think of each of the further maths a level applied options (this is for AQA)

The options are:

Statistics

Mechanics

Discrete

My school is doing Mechanics and apparently it’s very difficult. How do discrete and statistics compare in this regard ? And which is the most interesting of the 3 options ?

**Aayush :)**)Essentially, I want to see what people think of each of the further maths a level applied options (this is for AQA)

The options are:

Statistics

Mechanics

Discrete

My school is doing Mechanics and apparently it’s very difficult. How do discrete and statistics compare in this regard ? And which is the most interesting of the 3 options ?

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I take mechanics and discrete. And it's pretty chill. There aren't many resources for discrete tho. I think the main problem with discrete is that there is lots of methods and terminology to remember and it can get fiddly at times. But not mathematically hard.

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I'm doing Mechanics and Statistics (AQA). I don't think I have a choice though. If you do physics then doing mechanics might be useful?

**LiveOnTSR**)I'm doing Mechanics and Statistics (AQA). I don't think I have a choice though. If you do physics then doing mechanics might be useful?

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No it's definitely further maths. For AQA, you choose two from mechanics, statistics and discrete.

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No it's definitely further maths. For AQA, you choose two from mechanics, statistics and discrete.

**LiveOnTSR**)No it's definitely further maths. For AQA, you choose two from mechanics, statistics and discrete.

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Then you're doing the old a level. This post is for the new a level

**Aayush :)**)Then you're doing the old a level. This post is for the new a level

'Students must study two of these options. • Optional application 1 – mechanics (page 20) • Optional application 2 – statistics (page 23) • Optional application 3 – discrete mathematics (page 27) '

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resourc...67-SP-2017.PDF

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I'm doing the new A Level - I've just started Year 12. We do two options from mechanics, statistics and discrete.

'Students must study two of these options. • Optional application 1 – mechanics (page 20) • Optional application 2 – statistics (page 23) • Optional application 3 – discrete mathematics (page 27) '

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resourc...67-SP-2017.PDF

**LiveOnTSR**)I'm doing the new A Level - I've just started Year 12. We do two options from mechanics, statistics and discrete.

'Students must study two of these options. • Optional application 1 – mechanics (page 20) • Optional application 2 – statistics (page 23) • Optional application 3 – discrete mathematics (page 27) '

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resourc...67-SP-2017.PDF

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So why does each of the 3 have it's own seperate paper, and ALL OF THEM are labelled paper 3 ? Labelling mistake by AQA ?

**Aayush :)**)So why does each of the 3 have it's own seperate paper, and ALL OF THEM are labelled paper 3 ? Labelling mistake by AQA ?

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I'm with Edexcel. I've taken Further Stats 1 and Further Stats 2. Having pretty much done a majority of Mechanics 1 in Physics I can say the statistics is by far probably the hardest.

**Shiv7**)I'm with Edexcel. I've taken Further Stats 1 and Further Stats 2. Having pretty much done a majority of Mechanics 1 in Physics I can say the statistics is by far probably the hardest.

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**Aayush :)**)

Essentially, I want to see what people think of each of the further maths a level applied options (this is for AQA)

The options are:

Statistics

Mechanics

Discrete

My school is doing Mechanics and apparently it’s very difficult. How do discrete and statistics compare in this regard ? And which is the most interesting of the 3 options ?

Interesting depends on your own personal view.

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is further stats 1 really difficult or just stats 2? at my school we're either doing decsion + stats or decision + further pure

**Gent2324**)is further stats 1 really difficult or just stats 2? at my school we're either doing decsion + stats or decision + further pure

Hope this helps.

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Discrete is by far the easiest, then stats, then mechanics.

Interesting depends on your own personal view.

**zetamcfc**)Discrete is by far the easiest, then stats, then mechanics.

Interesting depends on your own personal view.

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Regarding interesting, for someone who likes to solve problems and prefers applying concepts rather than learning them entirely by rote, is mechanics the most interesting one ? Or is it one of discrete and statistics. I'm doing Physics A Level (OCR A) and tbh I'm a bit fed up with mechanics already simply because of how much I have been exposed to it, even though I do not find it particularly difficult.

**Aayush :)**)Regarding interesting, for someone who likes to solve problems and prefers applying concepts rather than learning them entirely by rote, is mechanics the most interesting one ? Or is it one of discrete and statistics. I'm doing Physics A Level (OCR A) and tbh I'm a bit fed up with mechanics already simply because of how much I have been exposed to it, even though I do not find it particularly difficult.

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My opinions:

Mechanics is fun

Statistics is easy

Discrete is boring (Though, admittedly quite easy)

As I took all three for my A level, I performed best in statistics, second to mechanics and last was Discrete. Though, the range between scores on my exams for the A2 papers was only 9%.

Mechanics is fun

Statistics is easy

Discrete is boring (Though, admittedly quite easy)

As I took all three for my A level, I performed best in statistics, second to mechanics and last was Discrete. Though, the range between scores on my exams for the A2 papers was only 9%.

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I take further mechanics 1 and further statistics 1. I'd say both are relatively similar in terms of difficulty. However, I took the AS exams and I performed better in further mechanics 1 (100%). The questions we straightforward and similar to the ones in the textbook. I'd say further mechanics 1 is very useful for physics. I don't know much about fm2. If you're thinking of doing computer science, decision maths might be useful too.

In any case, if you'd like to discuss more about further maths, feel free to PM me. We have a

In any case, if you'd like to discuss more about further maths, feel free to PM me. We have a

**further maths specific server on discord.**
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**Shiv7**)

I'm with Edexcel. I've taken Further Stats 1 and Further Stats 2. Having pretty much done a majority of Mechanics 1 in Physics I can say the statistics is by far probably the hardest.

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Really? I took physics a level and did stats 1 and mechanics 1 and thought stats was much easier than mechanics

**DendenAfc**)Really? I took physics a level and did stats 1 and mechanics 1 and thought stats was much easier than mechanics

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Just finished AS Discrete and Stats. Both are easier than pure in my opinion, I have no Mechanics experience.

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