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Monday, 23 July 2012
FAQ: What background in mathematics do I need?
We're looking for the equivalent of maths A-level. You will need to have covered: quadratics; functions; coordinate geometry; trigonometry (including standard identities and their use); series; differentiation (including logarithms and exponentials, trigonometric functions, products and quotients); integration (including substitutions, presence of derivative and integration by parts); numerical methods for solving equations; differential equations; complex numbers; and vectors. You should also have covered the following topics within mechanics: forces and equilibrium; motion in one dimension (including variable force problems); Newton's laws (used to solve particle motion problems); energy; work; power; projectiles; rigid body motion; and circular motion. You should have been spending 1/3 to 1/2 of your time studying maths and be achieving the highest grades throughout.