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:
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 ?
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?
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.
(Original post by 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 ?
You chose which 2 out of 3 options you want to do, then you do the papers for those options. You don't have to do all the paper 3s.
Last edited by Shahiriyo; 3 months ago
(Original post by zetamcfc)
Discrete is by far the easiest, then stats, then mechanics.
Interesting depends on your own personal view.
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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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%.
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 further maths specific server on discord.