Part I: Basic shapes of Core 1 graphs There are a handful of basic shapes of graphs you need to know about for C1, namely: - reciprocal graphs ($y = frac{1}{x}$) - reciprocal-square graphs ($y = frac{1}{x^2}$) - straight line graphs ($y = x$) - you know this one, right?

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Posted in free-for-all friday.

Welcome to the first FFAF of the new year! It's your chance to pick my brain about whatever's on your mind about maths. Got a question you've been struggling with? Got a topic you just can't get your head around? Found a great maths resource I might not have seen?

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Posted in maths anxiety.

I turned over the paper and froze. Up until that point I'd been convinced that maths was, and always would be, easy. As such, I'd done next to no revision for this paper, which I needed to do well in to qualify for my next year of studies. This, I

Read More →If you're sitting your first AS-level maths modules next week, you're probably in one of two camps about Core 1: The not-worried camp, thinking "I'll just wing it - I understood most of the stuff from last term, so I should be OK" The frenzied panic camp, thinking "oh shit

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Posted in dialogue, free-for-all friday.

OK! This is the official first Flying Colours Free-for-all Friday! Cue fanfare! It's your chance to pick my brain about whatever's on your mind about maths. Got a question you've been struggling with? Got a topic you just can't get your head around? Found a great maths resource I might

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Posted in revision.

I never really learned how to revise for a maths exam at school. I'm sure people tried to teach me, but I generally wound up reading passively through my notes, maybe copying them out, and possibly writing big question marks on them in highlighter. It worked ok for me, at

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Posted in revision.

When you've got a maths exam coming up, you need to study for it. Trouble is, you don't know how. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you improve - as Katrina says: I got my results back. My previous exam, i did really badly, but by

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Posted in revision.

I never really learned how to revise for a maths exam at school. I'm sure people tried to teach me, but I generally wound up reading passively through my notes, maybe copying them out, and possibly writing big question marks on them in highlighter. It worked ok for me, at

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Posted in in praise of..., ranting, sport.

or, why we need to show exams the red card Oh, Jesus wept. A study shows that in even years - when there's meaningful international football in the summer - boys' exam performances drop. The authors suggest starting the exams earlier so as not to disadvantage football-watchers. Let's leave aside

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Posted in decision maths, psephology.

I don't think that the benefit to one party or another is a valid reason to pick a voting system - but one of the features of AV is that it tends to select the least objectionable candidate. Here's a simplified example. Let's imagine we have four candidates contesting a

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