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# Maths Interview at Manchester watch talk to the uni Official Rep

1. (Original post by Simplicity)
About three weeks. It took about three weeks for them to get round to making me an offer.

Thats really mean to ask as it is C4 stuff.

I'm pretty sure you're guaranteed an offer if you turn up.
P.S. I got asked about complex numbers and how to prove something really complex.
I had to prove that all is irrational.
Then I had to prove that you add the argument and times the length when multiplying two complex numbers.
I hope so.

i dont that i could have proved is irrational. I wouldnt really know how to start, or with the second bit.....did you manage to do so?

glad i didnt get those, i think they should warn you they are going to ask you things, people kept telling me they wouldnt

i was so unprepared i panicked ah well, 3 weeks, fun wait....
2. I wouldnt really know how to start, or with the second bit.....did you manage to do so?
I was actually joking. I just talked about complex numbers and that was it.

i was so unprepared i panicked
The person showing us around said she panicked and forgot how to do C2 stuff.
3. (Original post by Simplicity)
I was actually joking. I just talked about complex numbers and that was it.

The person showing us around said she panicked and forgot how to do C2 stuff.
hah, oh okay fair enough then
4. (Original post by Simplicity)
About three weeks. It took about three weeks for them to get round to making me an offer.

Thats really mean to ask as it is C4 stuff.

I'm pretty sure you're guaranteed an offer if you turn up.

P.S. I got asked about complex numbers and how to prove something really complex.
I had to prove that all is irrational.
Then I had to prove that you add the argument and times the length when multiplying two complex numbers.
nothing too bad actually althought we havent done that in C4 yet. i can do it all until the bit which i dont understand of that why there is a 1/y multiplied by the dy/dx on the left.. i get the left side fine.
5. also how do you prove surds like that to be irrational?!? think you can show me quick? thanks mate maybe see ya on the maths course if i get in
6. nothing too bad actually althought we havent done that in C4 yet. i can do it all until the bit which i dont understand of that why there is a 1/y multiplied by the dy/dx on the left.. i get the left side fine
It basically when you differentiate y, you get dy/dx.

Now to differentiate lny you need to use the product rule, which gives
(1/y)(dy/dx). Alternatively if you had xy, you would use the chain rule to get
y+(dy/dx).
7. (Original post by Simplicity)
It basically when you differentiate y, you get dy/dx.

Now to differentiate lny you need to use the product rule, which gives
(1/y)(dy/dx). Alternatively if you had xy, you would use the chain rule to get
y+(dy/dx).
oh yeah... just did it now on a bit of scrap paper. wierd lol
so you are in london too then? same year of entry as me for manc? (2009)
8. (Original post by Led-Zeppelin)
also how do you prove surds like that to be irrational?!? think you can show me quick? thanks mate maybe see ya on the maths course if i get in
Proof by contradiction, assume sqrt(6) can be written as a/b where a,b are integers and gcd(a,b)=1, then prove this assumption wrong.
Proof by contradiction, assume sqrt(6) can be written as a/b where a,b are integers and gcd(a,b)=1, then prove this assumption wrong.
yea i spoke to my maths teacher about that one and i can prove it fine now, cheers mate. i wonder if there is any other proof methods i would need for the interview?!? if anyone else is going to the interview on the 11th december let me know by pm or something. good luck to everyone!
10. (Original post by Led-Zeppelin)
yea i spoke to my maths teacher about that one and i can prove it fine now, cheers mate. i wonder if there is any other proof methods i would need for the interview?!? if anyone else is going to the interview on the 11th december let me know by pm or something. good luck to everyone!
dont worry, just got an offer, ABBa, and i seriously messed up on some basic questions

and didn't revise anything (i didn't know questions would be asked)

and generally sat there smiling at the interviewer like a cheshire cat...
ah well, applied for G104, what course you applying for?
11. (Original post by laura_beth)
dont worry, just got an offer, ABBa, and i seriously messed up on some basic questions

and didn't revise anything (i didn't know questions would be asked)

and generally sat there smiling at the interviewer like a cheshire cat...
ah well, applied for G104, what course you applying for?
i applied for maths and philosophy which i think is GV15, joint honors = scary!! should be great though, i would love to go to manc... where else have you applied?!?
12. (Original post by Led-Zeppelin)
i applied for maths and philosophy which i think is GV15, joint honors = scary!! should be great though, i would love to go to manc... where else have you applied?!?
im not too sure where i want to go to be honest, i keep debating between the lot, nottingham and edinburgh i really like, but manchester feels like a more relaxed place so hmm...

Also applied to...
Nottingham
Edinburgh
Leicester
Loughborough, only need to hear from edinburgh now.

13. (Original post by laura_beth)
im not too sure where i want to go to be honest, i keep debating between the lot, nottingham and edinburgh i really like, but manchester feels like a more relaxed place so hmm...

Also applied to...
Nottingham
Edinburgh
Leicester
Loughborough, only need to hear from edinburgh now.

well i got an offer from Shottingham the other day (AAA) for my course which is wierd cause i thought that they interview first but who cares!

ive applied to :

shottingham
manchester
cardiff
leeds
birmingham (cause i find the accent funny! same goes for the welsh one although i think that might get annoying after a couple of years lol.

any other news from unis?
14. (Original post by Led-Zeppelin)
well i got an offer from Shottingham the other day (AAA) for my course which is wierd cause i thought that they interview first but who cares!

ive applied to :

shottingham
manchester
cardiff
leeds
birmingham (cause i find the accent funny! same goes for the welsh one although i think that might get annoying after a couple of years lol.

any other news from unis?
good reason lol
i like the scottish accent tbh, but i like the uni too....

hah, nottingham isnt THAT bad a place

yeah offers from:

Nottingham AAA
Manchester ABBa
Leicester AAB
Loughborough ABB

im so glad only manchester interviewed, i hate interviews with a passion, i get too nervous

heard anything from any of your others? where do you actually want to go?
15. (Original post by laura_beth)
good reason lol
i like the scottish accent tbh, but i like the uni too....

hah, nottingham isnt THAT bad a place

yeah offers from:

Nottingham AAA
Manchester ABBa
Leicester AAB
Loughborough ABB

im so glad only manchester interviewed, i hate interviews with a passion, i get too nervous

heard anything from any of your others? where do you actually want to go?
well so far only acknowledgments and the interview at manchester on the 11th december and an offer from nottingham.

i think i want to go to manchester tbh as ive live in london and love it cause there is soooo much stuff to do (im a city kinda guy if you couldnt tell already ) manchester is a cheaper almost as awesome place i reckon. and it wont be as stressed as some of my others like shotts for instance.

hows about you? decided on a first choice yet? maybe ill see ya at manchester
16. Manchester interview is EASY!!!! Mine was last week and he asked me barely any maths, more about chemistry actually! And then he told me his specialist area was like an advanced version of decision maths (which I hate, but pretended to enjoy lol) so I had to drag up memories of linear programming and simplex that I had tried to bury. Other than that, just a chat about me playing guitar, and piano and basketball.

Then I got an offer today so everything worked out!
Manchester interview is EASY!!!! Mine was last week and he asked me barely any maths, more about chemistry actually! And then he told me his specialist area was like an advanced version of decision maths (which I hate, but pretended to enjoy lol) so I had to drag up memories of linear programming and simplex that I had tried to bury. Other than that, just a chat about me playing guitar, and piano and basketball.

Then I got an offer today so everything worked out!
thats cool, good job mate! i hope mine goes as smoothly as that, i wonder if they give out unconditionals after interviews if you impress them enough?! that would rock my world he he!
18. (Original post by Led-Zeppelin)
well so far only acknowledgments and the interview at manchester on the 11th december and an offer from nottingham.

i think i want to go to manchester tbh as ive live in london and love it cause there is soooo much stuff to do (im a city kinda guy if you couldnt tell already ) manchester is a cheaper almost as awesome place i reckon. and it wont be as stressed as some of my others like shotts for instance.

hows about you? decided on a first choice yet? maybe ill see ya at manchester
haha, yeh i would like to go to a city i think, would be nice, see where your coming from with manchester too, i just dunno if its a little too close to home, not necessarily a bad thing though

i think nottingham or manc may be my firm,
nottingham is an international year abroad course, and edinburgh i really liked, however manchester also offers a year abroad...

basically its between those three
Manchester interview is EASY!!!! Mine was last week and he asked me barely any maths, more about chemistry actually! And then he told me his specialist area was like an advanced version of decision maths (which I hate, but pretended to enjoy lol) so I had to drag up memories of linear programming and simplex that I had tried to bury. Other than that, just a chat about me playing guitar, and piano and basketball.

Then I got an offer today so everything worked out!
you must have been at the same interveiw date as i was, your interviewer sounds better though
mine just kindof sat there and asked like 3 questions and then....nothing...
he asked why i wanted to do maths, my favourite part, and then repeated the odd phrase from my personal statement, tried to elaborate, he then smiled and went back to reading it haha
i didnt really know what to say so i just sat there smiling....

you planning on going there then?
20. (Original post by laura_beth)
haha, yeh i would like to go to a city i think, would be nice, see where your coming from with manchester too, i just dunno if its a little too close to home, not necessarily a bad thing though

i think nottingham or manc may be my firm,
nottingham is an international year abroad course, and edinburgh i really liked, however manchester also offers a year abroad...

basically its between those three
hmm yea i reckon if my offer is good from manchester it will be there as first,
have you got msn btw? im at bording school in Oxford at the moment so i cant use it but im going back down to london in like 2 days time for the holidays...

actually, im sure your pretty awesome at maths but my worry is that i might struggle a bit, i hope not but im told that its a seriously hard step up from A levels even though im doing fine so far in maths A level.

wheres home for you? you said near manchester or something?!?

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