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    Hi all,

    I'm starting the HNC Engine at the end of August and am getting a bit worried about my Maths and Physics knowledge. I did both at Standard Grade but that was exactly 10 years ago. I've bought some past papers and revision guides but I honestly don't have a clue where to start. There's a graph with a curvy line and some talk about axis and coordinates and I'm baffled as to what it is.

    I managed to complete the test that Clyde sent through (was mostly about forces and motion) but I did require a good bit of help from some old books and the internet.

    I did have good grades at both Maths and Physics (got a 2 for both), but it all seems to have fallen out of my head (just like French did as soon as I left the exam room). I hear there's a test in the first week of college - what should I expect? Any specific topics I should focus on and any I should forget about?

    thanks,

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    Hi VH, we're building a wiki that is to include all this stuff.
    http://www.officercadet.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php

    ...the idea being to add content for the topics as we go through the course; and helping answer people's specific maths and physics questions and create worked solutions that will build up into an online database of example worked solutions and explanations of things.
    I think there are one or two of us with mathematical type degrees (and some of the course books), or who've recently done some of the work on here who should be able to help with some of the stuff.
    http://www.officercadet.org/pmwiki/pmwi ... ain/Engine (is all I got up to doing last time I left it).

    It's useful for those of us who can help, to try and help others as it's a way of revising and consolidating what we've learnt; but we can't guarantee that we'll always get the right answers! Hopefully, if there are a few of us working as a team on answering things, then we should have a better chance of sussing out the right answers.
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      The test at Fleetwood is simply to gauge your standard of maths is, it's a computer test and was pretty simple, even for someone who hadn't done any maths since A-level (8/9 years previously). They will teach you the maths you need (and quite a lot of maths you don't need!) so don't fret! The important things are the transposition of formulae and trigonometry, those are the things you'll actually be using for nav and stability.

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        Aye, I wouldn't worry too much. It'd been 13 years for me

        The test at the start isn't too hard, and yeah, just to check where you're at. You'll be surprised how quickly it comes back once you start doing it again, and they go through everything with you. As an engine cadet, you'll do a lot of physics and maths, naturally, but they start at the bottom and work up. Most of it is formula transposition and shoving numbers through equations; not that much trig for engine (bit of vectors, but that's about it). I won't scare you by showing you some formulas you'll hit towards the end of phase 1 :P

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          Cheers folks.

          As long as they go through it all then I should have no problems. Will brush up on Trig/Vectors (I cant even remember what they are) and the basics for motion/forces etc. Done a couple of HNCs since leaving school and they were both from the ground up so I guess this will be similar.

          Panic over

          In other news; it's Saturday night, and I'm online worrying about trigonometry. I used to be cool.

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              Vulcan, it could be worse, you could be posting maths puns...

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                    ...and so it begins
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                      My life is 3% lamer for reading those jokes.

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                        Just went on the Wiki site and found this link. I just want to crawl up into a corner now.

                        http://www.mathcentre.ac.uk/resources/u ... 2009-1.pdf

                        Is this something I'm expected to know for the HNC course or something we learn as were going along...?

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                          Not all Trade Unionists are left wing, socialists or even ugly

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                            That made my ears bleed..... don't worry, we use these things called "calculators"!!

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