A 1-day STEP Maths Preparation Course for students sitting PAT for entry to Oxford. Takes place in the weekend before October half term.
University applicants for Physics and other sciences are expected to have outstanding problem-solving skills.
In particular, if you are taking the PAT, especially in the longer, later questions, you will be directly tested on your ability to understand problems, pick out all important information, choose a method of evaluation or analysis, and determine an answer, all without direction as to what route to take.
Our Physics Problem-Solving Course will take you through a series of carefully crafted questions to help you build up the skills you already have and develop new ones. Among the topics we will cover are capacitors, circular motion, optics, radioactivity, and scaling laws.
You will be able to practise evaluating questions similar in topic and intent to NSAA in the form of a collaborative group problem-solving session.
In this way, you will be able to absorb ideas from others and practise succinctly presenting your own ideas, but you will also have continual support from our tutors to guide you and expand on your own thinking where necessary.
You will learn to:
- Effortlessly manipulate and apply unfamiliar formulae
- Draw together knowledge from the whole of the syllabus and apply it to very challenging problems
- Employ geometry and graph sketching in Physics
- Rehearse explaining your assumptions and evaluating your results
- Dive deeper into the background and significance of familiar material
Please note, this course assumes knowledge of everything covered in our 3-day Physics Summer School. If you did not attend, we recommend working through our online couse before attending. This can be found in our Ultimate Bundle.