Warning: Illegal string offset 'html' in /home/hsn/public_html/forum/cache/skin_cache/cacheid_1/skin_topic.php on line 909

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/hsn/public_html/forum/cache/skin_cache/cacheid_1/skin_topic.php:909) in /home/hsn/public_html/forum/admin/sources/classes/output/formats/html/htmlOutput.php on line 114

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/hsn/public_html/forum/cache/skin_cache/cacheid_1/skin_topic.php:909) in /home/hsn/public_html/forum/admin/sources/classes/output/formats/html/htmlOutput.php on line 127

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/hsn/public_html/forum/cache/skin_cache/cacheid_1/skin_topic.php:909) in /home/hsn/public_html/forum/admin/sources/classes/output/formats/html/htmlOutput.php on line 136

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/hsn/public_html/forum/cache/skin_cache/cacheid_1/skin_topic.php:909) in /home/hsn/public_html/forum/admin/sources/classes/output/formats/html/htmlOutput.php on line 137

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/hsn/public_html/forum/cache/skin_cache/cacheid_1/skin_topic.php:909) in /home/hsn/public_html/forum/admin/sources/classes/output/formats/html/htmlOutput.php on line 141
Reflections on Adv. Maths (Pure) - HSN forum

Jump to content


Reflections on Adv. Maths (Pure)


19 replies to this topic

#1 Guest_spoon2001_*

  • Guests

Posted 06 February 2007 - 11:43 PM

It's been a few months since I posted a worry about the Adv. higher maths course, and I've since completed units 1&2 and achieved a band 1 in my prelim...

I don't think the course is as bad as I first thought. It is a big step up from higher - even bigger than from SG to higher I would say. I think it's quite challenging, but intellectually rewarding and preety interesting. I was pretty close to leaving the class early on becasue I thought irt was going to be a nightmare, but it's all worked out OK now, and I'm glad I didn't; lots did...

What are your thoughts?

#2 Hev

    Site Swot

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 112 posts
  • Location:Peterhead, Scotland
  • Gender:Female

Posted 28 February 2007 - 08:14 PM

i'm finding it hell on earth, i just really like the class.

i've been given 5 unconditional offers so this year was just kinda to mess about with.
IPB Image
This year's Fenella Feline (CAT) in Peterhead's Pantomine Pinocchio!

#3 ad absurdum

    Top of the Class

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 390 posts
  • Location:Cambridge
  • Interests:Muzak.
  • Gender:Male

Posted 28 February 2007 - 10:14 PM

That's good to hear that you are doing really well now spoon2001, I'm sure you'll meet your Oxford offer no bother smile.gif. Hev, at least you don't need the grades from this so you can try and enjoy the course without too much pressure.

Pesronally, I think it's not as fun as I thought it would be sad.gif
HMFC - Founded 1874, beefing the Cabbage since 1875

#4 Hev

    Site Swot

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 112 posts
  • Location:Peterhead, Scotland
  • Gender:Female

Posted 01 March 2007 - 08:29 PM

yeah it makes this year a hell of a lot easier i must say.

i don't find the course perticularily spectacular. i do just have a good class for banter.

except i'm the only girl and when they start talking about golf... goodness me *rolls eyes*
IPB Image
This year's Fenella Feline (CAT) in Peterhead's Pantomine Pinocchio!

#5 Steve

    Top of the Class

  • Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 435 posts
  • Location:Edinburgh
  • Gender:Male

Posted 01 March 2007 - 08:40 PM

QUOTE(ad absurdum @ Feb 28 2007, 10:14 PM) View Post
Pesronally, I think it's not as fun as I thought it would be sad.gif

That's a shame. I think it has a lot to do with your teacher. I don't know about yours, but some aren't comfortable teaching AH.

What's different from what you expected?
HSN contribute: Help the site grow!

Looking for a Maths tutor in West Lothian? Just PM me!

#6 ad absurdum

    Top of the Class

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 390 posts
  • Location:Cambridge
  • Interests:Muzak.
  • Gender:Male

Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:09 AM

QUOTE(Steve @ Mar 1 2007, 08:40 PM) View Post
QUOTE(ad absurdum @ Feb 28 2007, 10:14 PM) View Post
Pesronally, I think it's not as fun as I thought it would be sad.gif

That's a shame. I think it has a lot to do with your teacher. I don't know about yours, but some aren't comfortable teaching AH.

What's different from what you expected?
That could be it. Our teacher is very good, but this is the first time she's taught advanced higher, so I think it's a case of she just wants to make sure we know the course and pass the exam. I think it also doesn't help that no one in the class apart from me needs to pass or is doing maths at uni, so maybe it seems strange because I'm the only one who is really wanting do to work.

But yeah, it is a little different from what I was expecting. It's not so much the content (which of course I like biggrin.gif), but the types of questions we get in exams/textbooks. I just can't find repeating what is essentially the same question enjoyable sad.gif
HMFC - Founded 1874, beefing the Cabbage since 1875

#7 ice_illusion

    Child Prodigy

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 947 posts
  • Location:Pluto
  • Gender:Female

Posted 03 March 2007 - 09:35 PM

QUOTE(Hev @ Mar 1 2007, 08:29 PM) View Post
yeah it makes this year a hell of a lot easier i must say.

i don't find the course perticularily spectacular. i do just have a good class for banter.

except i'm the only girl and when they start talking about golf... goodness me *rolls eyes*

I'd be glad if they stuck to golf. The boys in my class ended up with their legs in the air farting last lesson. ohmy.gif


To be fair half the males were slightly disgusted too.

#8 st-and Paul

    Top of the Class

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 356 posts
  • Location:St Andrews
  • Interests:Check facebook, i cant be bothered putting them all down again :P
  • Gender:Male

Posted 04 March 2007 - 11:18 AM

QUOTE(ad absurdum @ Mar 3 2007, 10:09 AM) View Post
QUOTE(Steve @ Mar 1 2007, 08:40 PM) View Post
QUOTE(ad absurdum @ Feb 28 2007, 10:14 PM) View Post
Pesronally, I think it's not as fun as I thought it would be sad.gif

That's a shame. I think it has a lot to do with your teacher. I don't know about yours, but some aren't comfortable teaching AH.

What's different from what you expected?
That could be it. Our teacher is very good, but this is the first time she's taught advanced higher, so I think it's a case of she just wants to make sure we know the course and pass the exam. I think it also doesn't help that no one in the class apart from me needs to pass or is doing maths at uni, so maybe it seems strange because I'm the only one who is really wanting do to work.

But yeah, it is a little different from what I was expecting. It's not so much the content (which of course I like biggrin.gif), but the types of questions we get in exams/textbooks. I just can't find repeating what is essentially the same question enjoyable sad.gif


Advanced Higher is one of these basic skills courses which teaches the mathematical skills you need before you get to do some of the more exciting stuff later on. For example I ve had to do 1 and a half years of these kinds of courses at university before i ve got to applying the skills i learned in theses courses to problems in Applied Mathematics. The content of these courses are quite boring, and sometimes even soul destroying, but when you get to say 2nd year uni mathematics, thats when they start to introduce you to interesting stuff which you cant do without this prior knowledge.

Also for teaching a lot of them arent comfortable teaching Advanced Higher because its pitched at 1st year uni level work, which for some teachers is quite a while since they studied it themselves tongue.gif.


#9 Steve

    Top of the Class

  • Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 435 posts
  • Location:Edinburgh
  • Gender:Male

Posted 04 March 2007 - 06:18 PM

A bit off topic, but I just noticed you're from Edinburgh, ad absurdum. Did you/will you be going to the Edinburgh AH maths revision day at St. Thomas of Aquin's? I took/will be taking (hopefully) a class at it.
HSN contribute: Help the site grow!

Looking for a Maths tutor in West Lothian? Just PM me!

#10 ad absurdum

    Top of the Class

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 390 posts
  • Location:Cambridge
  • Interests:Muzak.
  • Gender:Male

Posted 04 March 2007 - 09:15 PM

QUOTE(st-and Paul @ Mar 4 2007, 11:18 AM) View Post
Advanced Higher is one of these basic skills courses which teaches the mathematical skills you need before you get to do some of the more exciting stuff later on. For example I ve had to do 1 and a half years of these kinds of courses at university before i ve got to applying the skills i learned in theses courses to problems in Applied Mathematics. The content of these courses are quite boring, and sometimes even soul destroying, but when you get to say 2nd year uni mathematics, thats when they start to introduce you to interesting stuff which you cant do without this prior knowledge.
Ah okay, well at least I've got some fun stuff too look forward to in the future. There's still plenty of challenging stuff outside school maths that doesn't need as much specialist knowledge which I can do for the meantime smile.gif

QUOTE(Steve @ Mar 4 2007, 06:18 PM) View Post
A bit off topic, but I just noticed you're from Edinburgh, ad absurdum. Did you/will you be going to the Edinburgh AH maths revision day at St. Thomas of Aquin's? I took/will be taking (hopefully) a class at it.
I hadn't heard of it before, and nothing's been mentioned at school about it. It does look good though (especially this part about free lunch tongue.gif), can we just turn up or do you need to be booked in?
HMFC - Founded 1874, beefing the Cabbage since 1875

#11 John

    HSN Legend

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,713 posts
  • Location:In a Peripheral Estate in Glasgow
  • Interests:First the boring stuff:<br /><br />2004 Results:<br /><br />Highers:<br /><br />Computing A<br />Craft and Design A<br />Physics A<br />Administration A<br />English A<br />Maths A<br />Modern Studies A<br />French A<br /><br />2005 Results:<br /><br />Advanced Highers:<br />Computing A<br />Physics A<br />Maths A<br />Modern Studies A<br />English A<br /><br />2006 Results:<br /><br />Advanced Highers(All Crashed):<br />Chemistry A<br />Biology A<br />Business Managemnt A<br /><br />Aren't I marvellous?
  • Gender:Male

Posted 04 March 2007 - 10:16 PM

Bit useless info for you, but the head teacher of my school was the former head of the school you mentioned.

#12 maximus

    Good Effort

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 94 posts
  • Location:Monifieth near Dundee
  • Gender:Male

Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:12 PM

ha call me a sad git, but i'm really looking forward 2 doing adv maths next year laugh.gif it looks really interesting smile.gif

#13 maximus

    Good Effort

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 94 posts
  • Location:Monifieth near Dundee
  • Gender:Male

Posted 24 March 2007 - 07:05 PM

QUOTE(maximus @ Mar 23 2007, 08:12 PM) View Post
ha call me a sad git, but i'm really looking forward 2 doing adv maths next year laugh.gif it looks really interesting smile.gif


it isnt EXTREMELY hard is it? blink.gif

#14 ad absurdum

    Top of the Class

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 390 posts
  • Location:Cambridge
  • Interests:Muzak.
  • Gender:Male

Posted 24 March 2007 - 09:15 PM

QUOTE(maximus @ Mar 24 2007, 07:05 PM) View Post
QUOTE(maximus @ Mar 23 2007, 08:12 PM) View Post
ha call me a sad git, but i'm really looking forward 2 doing adv maths next year laugh.gif it looks really interesting smile.gif


it isnt EXTREMELY hard is it? blink.gif
You should be able to repeat your higher grade at advanced higher if you work hard enough. It's a big step up in terms of workload but not so much in terms of difficulty I would say. But although there's alot more to it, it's definately more enjoyable than higher.
HMFC - Founded 1874, beefing the Cabbage since 1875

#15 ad absurdum

    Top of the Class

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 390 posts
  • Location:Cambridge
  • Interests:Muzak.
  • Gender:Male

Posted 27 March 2007 - 04:30 PM

Steve, I am going to the revision day at St. Thomas of Aquin's, I'll be going to the workshops on differential equations, sequence series and MacLaurin, and vectors.
HMFC - Founded 1874, beefing the Cabbage since 1875

#16 Steve

    Top of the Class

  • Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 435 posts
  • Location:Edinburgh
  • Gender:Male

Posted 27 March 2007 - 08:07 PM

QUOTE(ad absurdum @ Mar 27 2007, 04:30 PM) View Post
Steve, I am going to the revision day at St. Thomas of Aquin's, I'll be going to the workshops on differential equations, sequence series and MacLaurin, and vectors.

I would probably have taken the sequences and series one, but unfortunately (in many ways) I have an exam that day so I had to pull out. I enjoyed it last time as well sad.gif .
HSN contribute: Help the site grow!

Looking for a Maths tutor in West Lothian? Just PM me!

#17 maximus

    Good Effort

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 94 posts
  • Location:Monifieth near Dundee
  • Gender:Male

Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:54 PM

how are the people who are doing AH this year finding it? personally I find it pretty hard, but you do get alot of satisfaction after trawling through pages of algebra and get a right answer laugh.gif although I HATE number theory and proof in unit 2 and im dreading the further proofs in unit 3 blink.gif Don't mind the rest of it too much, the calculus is hard but i still think its pretty good =p The only other thing I hate about it are these godforsaken text books xD They have too many mistakes and they make everything harder than it has to be. And some of the questions are ridiculously hard, I mean every period my teachers are saying "o you wont need to know this until uni" or "this was taken out of the course years ago" or the answers in the back of the book are oversimplified. Owell it's still pretty good though. Who else has applied to do it at uni? =]

#18 Wildespleen

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 21 January 2009 - 08:22 PM

I'm loving it so far! Yes, it is challenging, but I'd have taken Art if I wanted an easy AH grade laugh.gif
I've found that by putting down one of the learning points, or formulae, or bits-to-remember or whatever you want to call them, on a bit of paper with a worked example underneath to demonstrate it's use works wonders come revision time! Only downside is, you need a fair bit of A4- my revision notes have almost become a textbook in it's own right tongue.gif
Taking it further into Mech Engineering at Uni, anybody else?

#19 Elizabeth Turner

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Gender:Female

Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:36 PM

[b]I just began the Adv Higher course in June and I am finding the Product Rule, Quotient Rule etc. very challenging... I don't want to give up as i plan to do a maths degree at uni. Any tips would be very much appreciated as i need all the help i can get at the moment :S.

Lizzie xx[/b]


#20 Amanda H

    Showing Improvement

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 11 posts
  • Location:Glasgow
  • Gender:Female

Posted 23 August 2009 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE (Elizabeth Turner @ Aug 17 2009, 07:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
[b]I just began the Adv Higher course in June and I am finding the Product Rule, Quotient Rule etc. very challenging... I don't want to give up as i plan to do a maths degree at uni. Any tips would be very much appreciated as i need all the help i can get at the moment :S.

Lizzie xx[/b]



What is it specifically about the product and quotient rules that you are struggling with? Without knowing that the best advice I can give you is to do as many questions on both of these rules as you can until you feel you are confident using them. You do need to be comfortable using these rules as they form an important part of the course. With a bit of practice and making sure you get help when you need it you'll be differentiating in your sleep! biggrin.gif

I sat the advanced higher exam just over a year ago and I'm now doing maths at uni so if you've got any other questions I can answer them for you.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users