In the 2015 alevel examiner’s report, it was mentioned that many candidates made incorrect assumptions about the Poisson distribution.

9740 N2015/II/7

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# Category: 2. Further Maths tips (9649)

## Assumptions for Poisson Distribution

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## Geometric Progression in Complex Numbers

## Challenging Complex Number problem 2

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In the 2015 alevel examiner’s report, it was mentioned that many candidates made incorrect assumptions about the Poisson distribution.

9740 N2015/II/7

Alevel H2 Maths 2015 Paper 1, Question 11

2015 examiner’s report on ii: **The explanations given of the maximum point were generally poor**. **A majority of candidates attempted to differentiate dy/dx = 2cotθ – tanθ with the left-hand side differentiated with respect to x and the right-hand side with respect to θ.** Other candidates produced a table of non-specific points claiming to be close to the turning point and to be sufficient for the first differential test.

**Solution for Part ii, explanation of why it is a ****maximum**

**Solution**

These are the materials I recommend for students taking Further Maths (9649).

**Recommended textbooks**

Students can get this book written by L.Bostock and S.Chandler. This is a **classic** good book for A level Further Mathematics. It provides crisp derivations of various formulas, explains concepts very cogently and would certainly go some way in improving the student’s proficiency in handling the subject.

“**A concise course in A level Statistics**” written by J.Crawshaw and J.Chambers is a book one should pick up when reviewing ‘A’ Level Statistics. Students studying this text will stand to benefit from the thorough knowledge and depth of explanations provided.

“**Linear Algebra I**” makes the abstract topic easy to understand.

“**Thomas’ Calculus**” or “**Stewart Calculus** ” are textbooks commonly used by university year 1 engineering students. It covers all the calculus topics included in Further Maths.

For exam preparation, students can do past JC papers, as well as specimen paper and alevel paper.

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