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Advice on Answering Project Maths Exam Questions

Project Maths

General Advice when answering questions

 

Specifically, students should follow these steps in preparation for Project Maths type questions:

 

  1. Know the theory and equations. If you dealing with a trigonometry problem and you know how to apply the three basic trigonometric ratios – Pythagoras theorem, the sine rule and the cosine rule – then you have all you need to solve a right angled or a non-right angled triangle problem. (It is a good idea to practice the use of these relationships with the old format exam papers)
  2. Look through the wording of the question and pick out the maths related information. Bring a highlighter and highlight the relevant pieces of the question. Watch out for numbers written as words, for example thirty instead of 30
  3. If no diagram is drawn for you, try to draw one yourself. Mark in the numerical information you are given. This can be very helpful to visualise what you are being asked
  4. Relate the information you have to the theory and equations. Have you got a right angled triangle or a non-right angled triangle? Have you got two right-angled triangles that need to be solved separately? This will point you to the appropriate equations to be considered
  5. Do not leave any blanks. Attempt every question.If you leave a blank the examiner will have no choice but to give you zero marks for that question. If you attempt the question you will probably get some marks and perhaps more than you think
  6. When asked for your opinion, always try to relate your opinion to the mathematical concepts

 

Most importantly, remember there are tens of thousands of other students in the same position. You are not alone and as long as you are familiar with the theory and equations, you should have everything you need to solve the problems.

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