This is a new syllabus and this is the first time it will be tested. Personally, I don’t think it will be easy and students should not underestimate this upcoming A’levels. And I’m referring to the A’levels, on the whole. We saw how the Science Paper 4 were… unexpected.
The new H2 Mathematics (9758) syllabus has several topics removed, and these were mostly topics that were “drill-able”, aside from complex numbers. The new syllabus added in mainly, new integration forms, focus on parametric Equations with Cartesian equations, and of course, Discrete R.V. But let us leave the statistics out.
Students should familiarise themselves with the trigonometry Formulae in MF26. There are several topics that can be linked up with trigonometry, makes me wonder why it isn’t a chapter by itself. Complex numbers has a trigonometry form too, so make sure students know how to manipulate it, given the trigonometry Formulae.
Next, students should understand the use of Maclaurin’s. What does it mean for to be small, and the implications when they say is small compared to … And also finding the general term of a Maclaurin’s Expansion.
It won’t hurt to review how to find the Area using Shoe-lace method. And not forgetting our Sine Rule and Cosine Rule.
Do know how to prove a one-one function… Non-graphically. (i.e. not using the Horizontal Line Test)
Do know that the oblique asymptote of becomes when we do the transformation too.
Lastly, students must READ really carefully and discern every information. Having marked many scripts, many students do not read carefully and lose marks here and there. And they do add up… Be alert and read, take note of the forms that they want. Here are 10 little things to take note when you read the question.
Cartesian/ Polar/ Exponential for complex
Scalar/ Parametric/ Cartesian for vectors
Set/ range/ interval of values
Algebraically => show all the workings without a GC.. usually discriminant, completing the square or maybe some differentiation will be involved.
Without using a calculator => show your workings and check with a GC (secretly)
Decimal places, etc…
Rounding off when you’re dealing with an inequality
Units used in the questions, (ten thousands, etc)
Rate of change; leaking means the rate is negative…
All answers should be in 3 SF UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. Degrees to 1 DP. RADIANS to 3 SF.
is within given data range, and we are performing interpolation, which is a good practice.
The r value is close to 1 which suggest a strong positive linear correlation between the average yields of corn and the amount of fertiliser applied.
The probability that the lights are faulty is constant.
The event that the light is faulty is independent of another light being faulty.
The light can only be either faulty or non faulty.
Let denote the number of faulty lights in a box of 12.
Let denote the number of faulty lights in a carton of 240.
Since and ,
by continuity correction
Events in (iii) is a subset of events in (iv).
From (vii), the quick test seem to be 94% accurate. However, from (vi), we understand that out of the number of lights identified faulty, 42.1% of them will be a mistake. As such, the quick test is not worthwhile, since light identified as faulty are mistakingly discarded. Moreover it will cost money to administer a test.
Students of mine who have been diligently doing the modified TYS I sent them, and have difficulties with the questions that were added in to make the paper a full 3 hour paper, will find the following solutions helpful. Please try to do them in a single 3 hour seating, these are modified to cater to the 9758 syllabus…
The rest of the solutions (that are questions from the original TYS) can be found here.