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Congrats, Katie! Hopefully an offer should follow shortly; it's getting a bit late.

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Poor poor children. You really don't know what you are letting yourself in for...

Well i'm going to go visit next month to try and get a better idea!

Cue post about how it will all be lies and misrepresentation.

Cue post about how it will all be lies and misrepresentation.

Told you he'd turn up. ^_^

Lol - I just checked the AES and my application is still in the department. Can't they just reject me now instead of waiting a few weeks?!

bloodlust

I've firmed it. If what you say is true then I'm taking a risk

But I'll live

and gratz to those who have offers and to those who haven't been rejected yet

But I'll live

and gratz to those who have offers and to those who haven't been rejected yet

Take comfort from the option to flee into maths. Don't listen at all when they pressure you to take Single A and B, take Core A and B1 instead...

Hopping Mad Kangaroo

Take comfort from the option to flee into maths. Don't listen at all when they pressure you to take Single A and B, take Core A and B1 instead...

Is core A and B1 more or less work than single A and B.

I was thinking of doing that myself you know as it would give me more options even if it required me doing more work.

You know. If your right about all this.. or if i feel your right about what you said HMK... then i'm buying you a pint at one of the college bars

bloodlust

Is core A and B1 more or less work than single A and B.

I was thinking of doing that myself you know as it would give me more options even if it required me doing more work.

I was thinking of doing that myself you know as it would give me more options even if it required me doing more work.

I know Core B1 is a piece of piss - Core A to pass it probably requires less work than Single maths due to the structure of the exam papers.

You know. If your right about all this.. or if i feel your right about what you said HMK... then i'm buying you a pint at one of the college bars

I await my pitcher

HMK - please remind me about choosing the maths modules closer to the time, so I don't forget. ^_^

Think very carefully before deciding whether you want to do core or single maths. I'm not saying this to piss off HMK but I honestly think doing core was the worst decision I've made whilst being at Durham. Last term I'd be tempted to say core was on the whole better than single, this term? Absolutely not. Why? Well where do I start...

Ah yes, the probability course. Dr MacPhee is the worst lecturer I've had by a long, long way. He has the unusual gift of being incredibly patronising at yet utterly useless at explaining things. For the past 4 weeks I can honestly say I've understood nothing in his lectures, absolutely nothing. I read his notes and they still don't make a word of sense. His weekly problems are also beyond ridiculous. To put it in perspective last week I spent about 40 minutes to an hour on all the weekly problems for physics, for probability alone it took 3 days, and even then I didn't solve it! There is not a single mathematician I've spoken to who likes him or is finding the work reasonable, even those who are doing stats as a module are struggling! I could also have a good rant about my tutor who is just as useless but since there is a chance you could get a good one I'll ignore that.

Then there's algebra. Admittedly if you find pure maths interesting then I'm sure it's a fascinating course, however for me it doesn't float my boat at all and it's honestly horrific. I really couldn't care less about whether something group is abelian or not. The proofs are so pointless and dull it makes you want to cry at times. Admittedly the lecturer is good, he certainly has a passion for what he does, but it's not enough for me.

Oh and B1 is just a repeat of core A with a slightly more in depth look at some stuff. It's my favourite course in maths this term and is by far the easiest, but to put it in perspective on how bad things have got I thought this was the worst one last term.

Essentially if you see yourself as a mathematician then by all means go for core. If however you see yourself as a physicist (in other words you prefer to use maths as opposed to analysing it) then go for single maths. In a way I'm glad I got to experience core to see if pure maths would interest me but the answer is definitely no.

Ah yes, the probability course. Dr MacPhee is the worst lecturer I've had by a long, long way. He has the unusual gift of being incredibly patronising at yet utterly useless at explaining things. For the past 4 weeks I can honestly say I've understood nothing in his lectures, absolutely nothing. I read his notes and they still don't make a word of sense. His weekly problems are also beyond ridiculous. To put it in perspective last week I spent about 40 minutes to an hour on all the weekly problems for physics, for probability alone it took 3 days, and even then I didn't solve it! There is not a single mathematician I've spoken to who likes him or is finding the work reasonable, even those who are doing stats as a module are struggling! I could also have a good rant about my tutor who is just as useless but since there is a chance you could get a good one I'll ignore that.

Then there's algebra. Admittedly if you find pure maths interesting then I'm sure it's a fascinating course, however for me it doesn't float my boat at all and it's honestly horrific. I really couldn't care less about whether something group is abelian or not. The proofs are so pointless and dull it makes you want to cry at times. Admittedly the lecturer is good, he certainly has a passion for what he does, but it's not enough for me.

Oh and B1 is just a repeat of core A with a slightly more in depth look at some stuff. It's my favourite course in maths this term and is by far the easiest, but to put it in perspective on how bad things have got I thought this was the worst one last term.

Essentially if you see yourself as a mathematician then by all means go for core. If however you see yourself as a physicist (in other words you prefer to use maths as opposed to analysing it) then go for single maths. In a way I'm glad I got to experience core to see if pure maths would interest me but the answer is definitely no.

Morgan141

Think very carefully before deciding whether you want to do core or single maths. I'm not saying this to piss off HMK but I honestly think doing core was the worst decision I've made whilst being at Durham. Last term I'd be tempted to say core was on the whole better than single, this term? Absolutely not. Why? Well where do I start...

Ah yes, the probability course. Dr MacPhee is the worst lecturer I've had by a long, long way. He has the unusual gift of being incredibly patronising at yet utterly useless at explaining things. For the past 4 weeks I can honestly say I've understood nothing in his lectures, absolutely nothing. I read his notes and they still don't make a word of sense. His weekly problems are also beyond ridiculous. To put it in perspective last week I spent about 40 minutes to an hour on all the weekly problems for physics, for probability alone it took 3 days, and even then I didn't solve it! There is not a single mathematician I've spoken to who likes him or is finding the work reasonable, even those who are doing stats as a module are struggling! I could also have a good rant about my tutor who is just as useless but since there is a chance you could get a good one I'll ignore that.

Then there's algebra. Admittedly if you find pure maths interesting then I'm sure it's a fascinating course, however for me it doesn't float my boat at all and it's honestly horrific. I really couldn't care less about whether something group is abelian or not. The proofs are so pointless and dull it makes you want to cry at times. Admittedly the lecturer is good, he certainly has a passion for what he does, but it's not enough for me.

Oh and B1 is just a repeat of core A with a slightly more in depth look at some stuff. It's my favourite course in maths this term and is by far the easiest, but to put it in perspective on how bad things have got I thought this was the worst one last term.

Essentially if you see yourself as a mathematician then by all means go for core. If however you see yourself as a physicist (in other words you prefer to use maths as opposed to analysing it) then go for single maths. In a way I'm glad I got to experience core to see if pure maths would interest me but the answer is definitely no.

Ah yes, the probability course. Dr MacPhee is the worst lecturer I've had by a long, long way. He has the unusual gift of being incredibly patronising at yet utterly useless at explaining things. For the past 4 weeks I can honestly say I've understood nothing in his lectures, absolutely nothing. I read his notes and they still don't make a word of sense. His weekly problems are also beyond ridiculous. To put it in perspective last week I spent about 40 minutes to an hour on all the weekly problems for physics, for probability alone it took 3 days, and even then I didn't solve it! There is not a single mathematician I've spoken to who likes him or is finding the work reasonable, even those who are doing stats as a module are struggling! I could also have a good rant about my tutor who is just as useless but since there is a chance you could get a good one I'll ignore that.

Then there's algebra. Admittedly if you find pure maths interesting then I'm sure it's a fascinating course, however for me it doesn't float my boat at all and it's honestly horrific. I really couldn't care less about whether something group is abelian or not. The proofs are so pointless and dull it makes you want to cry at times. Admittedly the lecturer is good, he certainly has a passion for what he does, but it's not enough for me.

Oh and B1 is just a repeat of core A with a slightly more in depth look at some stuff. It's my favourite course in maths this term and is by far the easiest, but to put it in perspective on how bad things have got I thought this was the worst one last term.

Essentially if you see yourself as a mathematician then by all means go for core. If however you see yourself as a physicist (in other words you prefer to use maths as opposed to analysing it) then go for single maths. In a way I'm glad I got to experience core to see if pure maths would interest me but the answer is definitely no.

Don't get what you're saying about MacPhee, I agree he can rush over things a little, and assume that we all understand the stuff he says the first time but that's nothing we don't get in Physics with every lecture (except QM).

Algebra is insanely easy too.

B1 = so dull i want to cry and never go to another lecture again

Morgan141

Think very carefully before deciding whether you want to do core or single maths. I'm not saying this to piss off HMK but I honestly think doing core was the worst decision I've made whilst being at Durham. Last term I'd be tempted to say core was on the whole better than single, this term? Absolutely not. Why? Well where do I start...

Well just learn the single maths material and sit the exam then - its not like you even have to learn most of the course. Take a look at the exam structure and note the repeating patterns.

Ah yes, the probability course. Dr MacPhee is the worst lecturer I've had by a long, long way. He has the unusual gift of being incredibly patronising at yet utterly useless at explaining things. For the past 4 weeks I can honestly say I've understood nothing in his lectures, absolutely nothing. I read his notes and they still don't make a word of sense. His weekly problems are also beyond ridiculous. To put it in perspective last week I spent about 40 minutes to an hour on all the weekly problems for physics, for probability alone it took 3 days, and even then I didn't solve it! There is not a single mathematician I've spoken to who likes him or is finding the work reasonable, even those who are doing stats as a module are struggling! I could also have a good rant about my tutor who is just as useless but since there is a chance you could get a good one I'll ignore that.

In short - you just happen to be extremely crap at maths. Its really going to sting you later in your degree, all the stuff there is pretty useful. I should mention that the maths homework's are non-compulsory and your course reps raised no problems whatsoever with MacPhee. In fact the vast majority of students rated his course very hightly in the student survey - you are in the 3.2% who did not I guess.

Quote from the report on my desk: Core A probability "going very well". Thats basically all what was said.

Then there's algebra. Admittedly if you find pure maths interesting then I'm sure it's a fascinating course, however for me it doesn't float my boat at all and it's honestly horrific. I really couldn't care less about whether something group is abelian or not. The proofs are so pointless and dull it makes you want to cry at times. Admittedly the lecturer is good, he certainly has a passion for what he does, but it's not enough for me.

Well don't learn them then. Proofs are practically optional (and yes I dislike it when a lecturer spends half the time proving - its utterly pointless. Really they should throw us a book of them)

Oh and B1 is just a repeat of core A with a slightly more in depth look at some stuff. It's my favourite course in maths this term and is by far the easiest, but to put it in perspective on how bad things have got I thought this was the worst one last term.

B1 most people regard as an amazing course. Its also learnable in a day.

Essentially if you see yourself as a mathematician then by all means go for core. If however you see yourself as a physicist (in other words you prefer to use maths as opposed to analysing it) then go for single maths. In a way I'm glad I got to experience core to see if pure maths would interest me but the answer is definitely no.

Single maths does not have wildly differing content, you know...

jobo3

gtfo

Its only because you have Camilla as a tutor for it. She would have made me scratch my eyeballs out.

jobo3

That and the lectures are at antisocial hours of the day

I went drunk to most of them last year

jobo3

You're such a good student

I got nearly 90%, can they complain?

Awoodrow2

Congrats, Katie! Hopefully an offer should follow shortly; it's getting a bit late.

Thanks

I actually hope they keep on taking their time though 'cause I have no idea where I want to go and ucas can't give me a deadline untill the last one's in!

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