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Can somebody briefly explain what is each module about and what knowledge does it require?
I've finished C1-C4 (I quite enjoyed C4) and M1, M2 (didn't like it at all) btw it's OCR exam board.
So if I prefer pure maths, what 6 modules should I take next year? FP1, FP2, FP3, D1, D2, DE, S1, S2, S3? Any opinions?
PS. I would like to get as higher final grade as possible
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I think you'd have to do all the FP modules, I really enjoyed D1 (AQA, but it shouldn't be that different I think) and Stats was really easy too.
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I think you'd have to do all the FP modules, I really enjoyed D1 (AQA, but it shouldn't be that different I think) and Stats was really easy too.
what's D1 about? I looked at the book but didn't get it
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You have to do FP1 for an AS level in FM and FP1+FP2 for a full A level, and it's an extra 2 applied modules per year
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Well FP1 you have to take, as well as one or both of FP2 and FP3. FP1 is easy, don't have experience with FP2 but FP3 is hard but ok if you revise loads. S1 and S2 can in my experience be fun or a pain, depending on if you like it, I quite enjoy them. A lot of people don't like D1 and D2, but I like them as I can see how they can be applied to be used in computers. D1 and D2 are also very easy to do well in, as long as you don't underestimate them. D2 only has 5 distinct areas, all of which are simple enough.

If I was in your position I would choose S1, S2, D1 and D2 (as well as FP1 and one of FP2 or FP3). These are the only ones I have experience with, but I know at least that I liked them (and arguably they are the easiest).
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I would say do FP1 ,FP2 if you like C4. Ive done both and the concepts such as imaginary numbers, polar coordinates and the level of depth it goes into for integration and differentiation is pretty mind intruding. I've really enjoyed the course and found it the most interesting from all my subjects
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(Original post by julija)
Can somebody briefly explain what is each module about and what knowledge does it require?
I've finished C1-C4 (I quite enjoyed C4) and M1, M2 (didn't like it at all) btw it's OCR exam board.
So if I prefer pure maths, what 6 modules should I take next year? FP1, FP2, FP3, D1, D2, DE, S1, S2, S3? Any opinions?
PS. I would like to get as higher final grade as possible
What are you planning to do at university?
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what's D1 about? I looked at the book but didn't get it
it's supposed to be about the maths dictating the working of computers and algorithms, and does a little bit of topology. Personally I hated it, I found it tedious, useless and any actual mathematical beauty was sucked out of it. Apparently D2 is much better though.

If you like Pure stuff I'd advise doing FP1-3, M1,2 DE, or FP1-3, a couple of S or D modules and NM (if they do that on other exam boards, I've not seen anyone but MEI do it).
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what's D1 about? I looked at the book but didn't get it
Uhm, I don't know about ocr, but what I did was path problems (following algorithms, so literally the easiest thing ever if you can memorise them and that's easy in itself), lots of algorithm stuff, not "proper maths" as one of the maths teachers said, but I taught myself in a weekend and ended up with 97 in the january module. I found it one of the easiest modules you can get, I doubt it would be much harder for other boards.
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What are you planning to do at university?
I'm thinking about joint honour: maths and economics
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I'm thinking about joint honour: maths and economics
Then definitely do all three of the pure modules.
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(Original post by JoMo1)
it's supposed to be about the maths dictating the working of computers and algorithms, and does a little bit of topology. Personally I hated it, I found it tedious, useless and any actual mathematical beauty was sucked out of it. Apparently D2 is much better though.

If you like Pure stuff I'd advise doing FP1-3, M1,2 DE, or FP1-3, a couple of S or D modules and NM (if they do that on other exam boards, I've not seen anyone but MEI do it).
whats DE and NM stand for?
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whats DE and NM stand for?
Differential Equations, and Numerical Methods.
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For economics do statistics, you will definitely need it at university level (econometrics is pure evil apparently)

I taught myself S3, I'm revising it now, hard work... Don't expect it to be easy! Perhaps do the DE module as opposed to one of the FP's (I'm not sure about this as I do Edexcel)
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Now I'm confused about D modules as opinions are slightly different :rolleyes:
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Differential Equations, and Numerical Methods.
Are these really seperate modules? They arn't for Edexcel...
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Now I'm confused about D modules as opinions are slightly different :rolleyes:
Most people I know find it easy, some find it hard and hate it, others find it easy and hate it (they don't see the point, it is different from other maths modules). If something like S3 will be of more use to in the future, and you think you can cope with it being harder, then go for it. If you want something that you should easily be able to revise and do well at, do the D modules. As it stands I'm going to do Maths with Computing at uni, so a basic knowledge of algorithms is probably useful. It's not as if it really matters though imo as you can easily teach yourself if you are missing some of the basics for your course.

We didn't have a choice at our school, as they only taught 12 modules, but if I had a choice I would stick with what I got.
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considering everything, I think I'll stick with FP1, FP2, FP3 (not sure), S1, S2, D1
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Are these really seperate modules? They arn't for Edexcel...
I know, it's quite strange. I'm on Edexcel, but these are separate modules on OCR.
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D1 is the worst exam in history. it depends 100% on teaching. if you get taught it right its easy. if not, its impossible. its all about how you write the answers not, NOT the right answers, so imo, its not maths at all. its just ****.
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