Analysis of 2013 A level paper

This is the breakdown of 2013 A level H2 math paper 1 and 2

Pure Maths Marks Percentage
Vectors 25 12.5%
Differentiation and its applications 20 10.0%
Complex numbers 17 8.5%
Differential equations 13 6.5%
Graphing techniques 12 6.0%
Maclaurin’s series 12 6.0%
Integration & its applications 11 5.5%
Arithmetic and Geometric series 9 4.5%
Sequences and Method of Differences 8 4.0%
Functions 6 3.0%
Mathematical Induction 5 2.5%
Inequalities 2 1.0%
Subtotal 140 70.0%
Statistics Marks Percentage
Permuations and combinations (question set as probability) 12 6.0%
Correlation and regression 9 4.5%
Poisson distribution 8 4.0%
Approximation of distribution 7 3.5%
Hypothesis testing 7 3.5%
Probability 6 3.0%
Sampling 4 2.0%
Normal distribution 4 2.0%
Binomial distribution 3 1.5%
Subtotal 60 30.0%

Paper 1 is easy. Questions are routine. No challenging questions.

Challenging questions are in paper 2.

Challenging questions in Paper 2 Marks Percentage
Q4 (iii) on Vectors 6 3.0%
Q8 (ii) and (iii) on Probability 5 2.5%
Q11 (ii) to (iv) Permutation and combinations 10 5.0%
Subtotal 21 10.5%

These challenging questions make up around 10%, which will distinguish the students who deserve distinction.

 

As usual, these are the 4 most important topics in H2 math.

Calculus 28.0%
Vectors 12.5%
Sequences and Series (Including Mathematical Induction) 11.0%
Complex numbers 8.5%
Subtotal for 4 major topics 60.0%

These 4 topics make up more than half of the total marks. So students should put more emphasis in these 4 pure math topics.

The topics that are important in Statistics seem to be different in each year. Fortunately, statistics questions are usually straight forward, except for probability, permutations and combinations which can be challenging.

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