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Are circle theorems/geometry such as volume and surface area a part of the new edexcel a level spec. The spec kinda confused me and I really need to know as I am doing maths prep now.
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Circle Theorems don't occur at all. It might come up in A2 but like it didn't for me. As in I didn't need to use it. You'll be fine without circle theorems.

Volume and surface area does come up in chapters with modelling. But you will just need to know their formulas and the intuition behind it which you will develop don't worry.

If you want to prepare get very good with algebraic manipulations (including surds as well), coordinate geometry (circles, straight lines, quadratics, intersections etc), indices and graph transformations and translations. These are your basics and will help you massively when you start.

But overall, there is very few or no circle theorems (if you know some it could help you in some questions but it's not necessary iirc) and there is some volume and surface area in the modelling parts of the course.

Good luck It will be most beneficial to get better at algebra and stuff to improve your base skills, rather than memorising some theorems and formulas. Maths is about problem solving not memorising.

I did Further Maths as well and the same applies, just in case you're thinking if you need them for Fmaths.

Good luck and don't stress too much
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Are circle theorems/geometry such as volume and surface area a part of the new edexcel a level spec. The spec kinda confused me and I really need to know as I am doing maths prep now.
Hiya,

Just finished doing OCR (although not identical, they're virtually similar.) so hopefully, this will help.

Circle theorems don't come up as actual questions but you might need to remember some of them to be able to do other questions. They are much less relevant in A-Level maths so don't panic about them. The ones you may need will become second nature to you after a while.

Volume & Surface area come up occasionally but again will be part of other questions. You don't need either for Further Maths.


Similar to the post above, I'd recommend you refresh yourself on surds & indices, algebra (including working with quadratic equations), working with circles and tangents & I would also add trigonometry in there as well. Things like the sine & cosine rules, the graphs for each of the functions etc. Revising all of those would be a good start point. (Especially surds. They come up everywhere.)

Good luck for this year!
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When you start do every single question in the books. It seems tedious but it makes a massive difference, especially if you take the time to understand the maths (which I think you will since you're looking to prepare, so that's a good attitude )
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