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    hi could anybody tell at the start of the training is the maths dumped on you all at once or do they ease you in over a few weeks.

  • #2
    Yeah they build you up slowly, but there is a certain amount of assumed knowledge, so if you are concerned about your maths it might be worth doing some revision before you start college.
    Go out, do stuff

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    • #3
      I found that on the HND course they build you up slowly, I hadnt studied maths for 5 years before i started at Warsash and although it wasnt easy, I never struggled because of the way it was taught. The FD is much different in that there is a level of assumed knowledge when you start.
      We also took just a short test at the beginning of the year, if you got a certain % then you were fine, if you fell below that then they required you to take additional maths classes until you were up to scratch. They wont just leave you to fail, they want you to get through.

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      • #4
        As far as I can tell, they teach you the whole of Higher (GCSE? A-Level?) maths in the first six weeks on the FD course. It's amazing how fast it sinks in etc, I also hadn't done any in years and years having failed higher, and I got along fine.

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        • #5
          At GCNS, the Pd course is daft. There was a lot of assumed knowledge to begin with and then about 10 weeks in we started a ridiculously basic maths class.

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          • #6
            regarding the 1st phase maths content of the fd engineering course at STC, they teach calculus, trigonometry, logarithms. partial fractions, binomial expansion and algebraic division in the maths lessons which all appears in A level pure maths and the engineering science class had questions equal to the kinetics/dynamics module of A level physics. They did however leave out all the mathematical proof and theory from A level maths which saved the class a lot of grief at the time, only to find it was assumed knowledge in phase 3 classes so in my opinion it would be better teaching them in phase 1. We didn't cover any statistics or probability theory either (which is part of A level maths) but less useful for the 3rd phase engineering courses.
            Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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            • #7
              Stick in at your maths in phase one, put the hours in and it will make all your other subjects so much easier. Maths runs through everything, and everything you are taught in maths class is relevent at some point along the way, although you may not think it will be at the time.

              Phase 3 FD is hard, you do differential equations, fourier series, laplace transforms, matrices, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. A good grounding in algebra and calculus which you get in phase one will help you massively.

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              • #8
                Hi
                I am about to sit my orals in a week or so and im really struggling with diagrams.
                Does anyone have any information or links i can go to for decent diagrams showing quick closing valves/nonreturn valves etc....

                thanks in advance !!

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                • #9
                  http://www.marineengineering.org.uk/
                  any luck here?
                  Get ready to ride the palomino stallion...

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