2016 A-level H2 Mathematics (9740) Paper 1 Suggested Solutions

All solutions here are SUGGESTED. KS will hold no liability for any errors. Comments are entirely personal opinions.

As these workings and answers are rushed out asap, please pardon me for my mistakes and let me know if there is any typo. Many thanks. As these workings and answers are rushed out asap, please pardon me for my mistakes and let me know if there is any typo. Many thanks.

I’ll try my best to attend to the questions as there is H2 Math Paper 2 coming up and I have a lot of prepare. I’ll try my best to attend to the questions as there is H2 Math Paper 2 coming up and I have a lot of prepare.

Side note: I think the paper is tedious, but definitely manageable. Hard ones, could have been q3, q7a, 10, 11ib. So if you did your tutorials and past year papers well, with proper time management and no careless, 70 is manageable. To get an A, you need to fight for that 30 marks which really test you on your comprehension skills and precisions. And these questions should distinct the students who deserve an A.

Thoughts about Paper 2.

Numerical Answers (click the questions for workings/explanation)

Question 1: x \textless -2, \text{~or~} \frac{1}{3} \textless x \textless 4
Question 2: 0, -\text{ln}2;~ y=2, y = -x\text{ln}2 + \frac{\pi \text{ln}2}{2} + 1;~ (\frac{\pi}{2} - \frac{1}{\text{ln}2}, 2)
Question 3: m = b,~ l = a, ~ kl^4 + m = c
Question 4: 0.74;~ \frac{b(0.74^n)}{0.26}
Question 5: \begin{pmatrix}{2b}\\{4b-4a}\\{-2a}\end{pmatrix};~ \pm \frac{1}{6\sqrt{2}};~ 3
Question 6: 4,~ 14,~ 44;~ \frac{1}{4}n(n+1)(n^2+n+2)+2
Question 7: 2+3i;~ a=3,~ k=-30
Question 8: f(x)=1+2ax+2a^2x^2+\frac{8}{3}a^3x^3 ;~ \text{tan}2x = 2x + \frac{8}{3}x^3
Question 9: y = 5-5e^{-2t}; x = 5t + \frac{5}{2}e^{-2t} - \frac{5}{2};~ x = 5t^2 + 20\text{sin}\frac{t}{2}-10t;~ 1.47s,~ 1.05s
Question 10: f^{-1}(x) = (x-1)^2, x \in \mathbb{R}, x \ge 1;~ x = 2.62;~6,~ 8,~ 9;~\text{No}
Question 11: t = -\frac{5}{9},~ \lambda = -\frac{8}{9}, ~ \mu = \frac{19}{18};~ -2x+y +2z=35 \text{~or~} -2x+y+2z = -37;~a = 4.5


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184 thoughts on “2016 A-level H2 Mathematics (9740) Paper 1 Suggested Solutions”

  1. Why is it that for question one when I use graph to check it seems to suggest that the solutions is X less than -2 and X more than 1/3

  2. Hi, for 7b can I just sub z=1+ai and compare real and imaginary parts?
    And for 7a instead of long division can also use comparing coefficients right? Still got the same answer

    1. And for 11ia) isit ok if I went to find the normal vector and show that it is parallel to (-2,1,2)? Then I found the vector equation of the plane, and substitute to find the coordinates. Is that acceptable?

  3. Hi, I solved for the arbitrary constants when doing (iii), but left the previous answers with the constants. Would that be accepted?

    1. i see. but you still need to have it in the previous parts. they wanted x in terms of t, so that should refer to particular solutions instead of general solutions.

  4. For 7 part 1, can I use quadratic formula to solve? I showed the working except for the step of removal of the squareroot term (but technically it can done without gc)

      1. Ok thank you. For 6iii i didnt use the results from part (i). I split the summation r^3 + r into 2 different summations and solved it separately. Is this acceptable?

          1. Thanks! For 11ia the part where they asked to find ΞΌ and t my method and expressions were correct but i subbed 1 value into the gc wrongly and got a different answer. How many marks will i lose?

          2. Ok thanks. Sigh lost around 26 marks even though i typically get 90+ for the past year papers. Is there still a chance for A?

  5. Hi for the vector question 11(i)(a), can I ask to show that l is perpendicular to p, can I calculate the normal vector for the plane. And since the cross product of the normal vector and vector of the line =0, l and p are thus perpendicular? Thanks!

      1. But for a plane to be perpendicular to a line, since the normal vector is perpendicular to the plane, shouldn’t it to be the cross product=0?

  6. hi guys i think just stop focusing on this since its alr over. and stop asking impossible qns like “what do u think the bellcurve will b like?” or “what is the standard to get A?” this varies on a national level, and im sure only cambridge will know lol πŸ™‚ rest assured whats done is done, just hope yall did ur best! and focus on what really matters: the remaining papers!!! JIAYOU

  7. Hi, do you think this paper is tougher than the past year A levels paper? I hope I am not the only one who finds it tougher. thanks.

    1. To be honest, every year the students find their own year hard… I feel that its a tedious paper, but still manageable. Quite a lot can be found in typical prelims/ tutorials.

      1. You raised a very interesting point. Why do you students find the paper for their year uniquely difficult compared to past papers each year – even though an objective observer can see that they are more or less similar?

        1. i think it’s psychological. But I’m not qualified to comment. Though every year, the students will lament that they got the hardest paper. This paper was tedious but definitely manageable. Some questions is definitely harder but that’s for every year; there is always a couple of tough questions every year to sieve the 90 from 80.

  8. Hi if i scored 44 do you think i still can get B? Really praying hard now cause i made 20marks worth of careless like not reading qn properly etc …

    1. I’ll say 80 will give an A definitely. But if you ask me the minimum, it is really hard to judge. If paper 2 is going to be the same standards, that is, tedious but manageable, you probably need 78/79. I know there are students who do quite well for this paper.

    2. What mark do you thin is needed to get B overall? So that i can strive for that mark.. I know that getting 100 for p2 is close to impossible and furthermore math is not one of my strengths, compred to chem and physics.

  9. Hi, for question 7b, is it acceptable to just sub z=1+ai and compare real and imaginary, hence I did not state 1-ai is also a root blah….
    And question 7a, I did not do long division, but compared coefficients instead.

    And question 11ib) I let the normal vector be b multiplied by (-2,1,2), where b is a constant, and let the point (0,c/b,0) lie on the unknown plane p, with equation -2bx+by+2z=c. And solve to get the 2 equations. Is this method correct? Cause I assumed the normal vector dosent necessarily is (-2,1,2), it can also be like (-4,2,4) , as long as it is parallel to the plane.

    1. yup, your method works. actually several methods will work, you can use quadratic formula for 7a too. I’ll say all the methods requires some precision.

      for 7b, its okay the if you just sub.

      11iib, yes that definitely works. and like 7a, its just tedious. What i did was just whichever is convenient.

  10. Hi, I just want to enquire if it is possible for 75 to be an A? cause I find it quite unbelievable that 50% of the cohort can get 80 and above..

  11. Hi for 11(ii) i did it the same way but i made a careless mistake when i added the values together after using dot product and got a different answer. How many marks will i lose?

  12. Sorry I know this is a very unrelated question, but I would like to ask about majoring in mathematics. Is it very difficult compared to h2 mathematics? And what are the job prospects a available?

    1. actually there are a lot of prospects, i have several ex students doing quant analyst, actuaries, data mining, and even computing, aside from teaching.
      H2 Mathematics is not reflective of uni Mathematics at all. This is a talk by one of the top hedge fund owners.
      Difficulty varies based on one’s interests and abilities, but i suggest you studying something you truly like and enjoy. Mathematics needs interest, else you might struggle. An easy example will be Mathematical Induction in H2 Math, in uni, first year will consider doing Strong Mathematical Induction, a more rigorous proof. Much of Uni Math revolves around proofs. And Mathematics have many different fields too.
      Here is a link to some year 1 probability that I did a few months ago for my students.

          1. Indeed πŸ™‚ I really think Stats has much more to offer beyond what we see in H2 Math. I enjoy the concepts, but I think the way it’s assessed is a little too mechanistic, formulaic and well, easy i.e. standard steps, just press GC.

            From your experience, how does Uni Stats differ from H2 Math Stats?

            (For the record my major will probably be History or Political Science.)

          2. A lot different. You get to learn more in university definitely. Application too. For example, when I was studying financial mathematics. One of the first project was to track and hedge a stock. And we were doing it real time for 13 weeks to decide. You learn more abstract things in Uni that test on applications.

            Don’t mind me asking, but what college are you from? And you clearly are an arts student πŸ™‚

  13. i kind of “geh kiang” and inverted the negative signs for the cartesian equations and wrote -2x+y+2z=-35 and -2x+y+2z=37 for q11ia) would i get some method marks for this? thanks in advance and really appreciate you for your work!

      1. okay thx!!! for question 3 i drew the graph on the negative side of the x-axis but all the other points are correct do iget any marks for that??

  14. Hi if I get around 50+ for this paper, do you think I can at least get a B or C? May I know how many marks do I have to get for paper 2 too? Thank u so much!!

  15. okay thx!!! for question 3 i drew the graph on the negative side of the x-axis but all the other points are correct do iget any marks for that??

  16. For question 11, if I get one value wrong (t), and used it to solve for the other two unknowns, will I get method marks?
    For 7b) I didn’t manage to find the roots but I stated there’s a conjugate and I multiplied to get a quadratic factor. How many marks is this working?
    6iii), I didn’t use MOD so I lost the marks but I did stated that the equation is equal to n3+ n is there method marks for this?
    And for question 4, very sadly I got the wrong GP from reading the question wrongly. Do I get marks for at least quoting what does Sn = to?

    1. no, you could’ve used a GC to do it. There isn’t ECF for math. Solving by hand isn’t a method, but you should get marks if the equations are all correct.
      thats a mark since its a root and you did state it.
      After introducing r^3+r, did you put in the (i) answers. It really depends on your presentation.
      No marks for the formulas.

  17. i did question 5 correctly but realised i didnt label my coordinates in terms of a, b and c πŸ™ is that gonna make a huge difference?

  18. Hello I got around 76 for this paper. How much do you think I should aim for Paper 2 to get an overall A?
    Thank you!
    And thank you for the solutions too! Really efficient!

    1. Hi, to be safe, getting an average of 80 is good. But i doubt its the minimum. But never hurts to be safe. πŸ™‚
      Pleasure πŸ™‚ All the best for your other papers.

  19. Hi for 11(ii) i did it the same way but i made a careless mistake when i added the values together after using dot product and got a different answer. How many marks will i lose?
    For 4ii i used Sum to infinity – sum to N but for the r value i used -0.74 instead of 0.74. Will i get zero for this?

      1. I dont think 50% of the level got 70+ marks as many people had trouble with time management and careless mistakes, so you won’t be doomed. Work harder for paper 2 so that you will lie in a safer region of the bell curve! πŸ™‚

    1. I dont think 50% of the level got 70+ marks as many people had trouble with time management and careless mistakes, so you won’t be doomed. Work harder for paper 2 so that you will lie in a safer region of the bell curve! πŸ™‚

  20. hi, i think for question 11ii, the value of a should be 3. and for qn 8iii, is it okay if i use sin2x/cos2x then use maclaurin’s series expansion for sinx and cosx and divide to get the first two terms?

  21. hi for the sum to infinity qn, i calculated the r value wrongly but i get the sum to inifinity minus sum to n part correctly just that the value of r i subbed is wrong, will i be able to get ecf for this? what mark will i get?

      1. thanks for ur reply!!!! is 85/100 for p2 possible and 75/100 overall able to secure an A? cuz i rly feel v sad that i lost 35m in p1 and mainly due to careless mistakes 😭😭😭 thanks for the solutions anyw!!!

          1. 35m… I’m aiming a 85 but i heard in order to get A in math, it’s a at least 80m 😭😭😭😭 thanks omg i feel that i neglected math so much so regretted

          2. i see. Yes, its rather competitive. Sometimes go to 79. But better be safe than sorry. This year paper, if you do enough tutorial and past year papers and be careful, its a rather manageable paper. But you should look forward. πŸ™‚ All the best!

  22. i got around 78 marks for paper 1. how much should i score for paper 2 to get an a? what do u think are the range for a and b grades, thank you?

  23. Can i ask for qn 8(i), i expressed the f”'(x) wrongly which caused my part (ii) and (iii) answer for the f”'(x) part wrong but the method is correct, how many marks will I lose? I had another similar mistake in another qn but the mistake was only carried over another part of the question. Thanks.

  24. Hi what if for qns 9, I made a terrible mistake and intergrate wrongly and get two totally different equations ? will i still get method marks or I will get zero from it?

  25. Hi what is for qn 5(i) i had a careless mistake and I had b=2a, will i get method mark for 5(i) and 5(ii)? thank you so much πŸ™‚

  26. Hi for the vector question, if my answer is in dot product form instead of cartesian form how many marks will be deducted? And if i never put f'(x) and f”(x) in terms of a and y how many marks will be deducted also? :((

  27. U could get into trouble for publishing the answers even before the paper is over. There is a chance some students may still see this before paper is up, esp if there is train delay. Hope you can publish responsibly.

    1. Hi TanMa, thanks for your concern. Let’s first be clear that these are not the answers, just suggested solutions. And these suggested solutions were NOT up before the paper is over. It was up by 11:45am, when the paper has ended.

      Yes, you may argue that there was a train delay so the paper ended for some. I can even tell you that some students with special reasons have extra time for the paper. These students might finish after 12pm. How can the students access it while doing the paper? Unless you know something, we don’t.

      Moreover, this is a link. The title and header is stated explicitly clear. Clicking this link is an act of free will and one’s own responsibility. In addition, we have zero profits from doing this as there are no advertisements too.

      Thank you for your responsible comment. Cheers πŸ™‚

      1. sorry again. one last question, how to define unbiased estimates in exam?

        thank you for your p-value explanation and paper 1 ans πŸ™‚

  28. hello πŸ™‚ do you think a 75 is enough to get an a for this year?

    for paper 2, the pure math part was more difficult than previous papers i thinkkk especially the complex numbers one! and a lot of people made careless mistakes at the back!! and if i circled wrongly for the scatter diagram, will i get 0 for the subsequent parts πŸ™

    1. I think that you might have a high B. You still get marks for all the explanations. Pure math was more tedious and the complex was indeed slightly different from previous years.

  29. i don’t even dare to check p2 ans now so scared if i got careless mistakes, just let it be :’) i hope the bellcurve can be down a bit by paper 2 cuz i rly screwed for my paper 1 😭😭😭

  30. Hi, this might be a little late, but for the very last vectors qn on the cartesian of the two planes at distance 12 away from p, will my answer be accepted if i write it as 2x the value of ur goven ans i.e. -4x+2y+4z = 35 ?

    1. they both have different expectations of students. To do well for this year, I think tenacity is rather important, and students have to be extremely surgical this time.

  31. Hi thanks for the solutions! May I know how I fare if i got about 76/100 for paper 1 and 81/100 for paper 2? Should be studying econs now but am really bothered by this >< seeing your previous comments and I know i am very border line now. But like idk if my counting is correct later got mistakes i did not see or I am just worrying for nth maybe will have more method marks than I thought. How to know if u counted correctly ah? like how many method marks is reasonable?


    1. I think you will get the A. No worries πŸ™‚ and method marks entirely based on your method of solving, even if the values are wrong.
      All the best for the rest of your papers!

  32. Hi!

    For part 2 of the vectors qn, I got the correct a.n (35 and 37), but then i put in the wrong normal,(careless), how many marks will i get?

    For the functions qn, i forgot to say the domain of f(inv) must be a real number. Is that minus 1 mark?

    For the reason why f(x)=f(inv)(x), I didnt say that the value will fall into both domains… Is that also minus 1 mark?

    For the APGP qn, the last part, I wrote S(infinity) – Sn, but then i subsequently flipped the two around in the rest of my workings. Can i stikl get one mark for the first step?

    Thanks so much!!

    1. Vectors, you might lose 2marks since the equations will both be wrong
      Functions, 1 mark if they are strict.
      As for f(x)=f^{-1}(x), should be necessary since you should find 3 answers for x, unless you justify otherwise.
      APGP, should just 1 mark if lenient, since you probably did fill in the formulas
      All the best for the other papers!

  33. Will there be method marks for the complex number question part (II)? I think I subbed in 1 + ai and expanded the equation wrongly and got a weird value of a and k subsequently

  34. Hi, for qn 3 will marks be deducted if I only labelled the coordinates on the graph but did not “state” as such? Also, is it true that Cambridge doesn’t give 0.5 marks? Thanks

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