But i read head of departments couldn't do the paper.
So my question is: can university math majors or lecturers do the paper?
Can't be that hard, just need to know some formulae to apply ... Right?
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Algebra. I remember hating that garbage at school.
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DarthKermit:
Algebra. I remember hating that garbage at school.
Honestly, why do we even learn it at school. What a massive waste of time.
I remember thinking the same. It was a dry academic exercise for me. If they'd actually made it more interesting by giving some real world uses for it, that might have been better.
I'll post some answers as I get a chance  just in the middle of the kids bedtime routine (bath / book / etc).
Day 1 MCAT 2016
1ai  the area of a rectangle is x²x2, if one side has length x+1 meters, give the second side in terms of x
Rectangle area = length * width
x²x2 = length * (x+1)
so length = (x²x2)/(x+1)
Or you could continue on with a bit of long division and get (x2) as the other length  I'm not sure where they're expected to stop in Year 11. I did this through long division, but you can check the result with:
area = length * width
area = (x+1)(x2)
area= x²2x+x2
area = x²x2 (which is the area given at the start)
[edit  bit of formatting tidy up, use of the superscript 2, etc)
I got very distracted by these at lunchtime today. I managed to do most of them (I think) and haven't done maths since 7th form. But I can most certainly see the complaint about the questions being cryptic / a bit of a comprehension exercise. The rectangle one (in particular since it was first up) was a trinomial equation (i.e. algebra) but was phrased totally as a geometry query. I spent a minute or two looking at it totally blankly until I twigged what they were asking.
When I was at school, the "smart" kids did maths. I haven't used it in my professional career or at university since. Contrast the kids in the vocational stream (who I am still mates with) who use pythagoras and trigonometry daily in their trades careers.
PDF copies at http://static.stuff.co.nz/files/exam1.pdf and http://static.stuff.co.nz/files/exam2.pdf
I'm a reallife mathematician  BSc (Hons in mathematics, 1st class). Then did a PhD in Medicine but was basically a lot of mathematics.
Questions are classical algebra along with requirements for logical thinking and that you can actually describe what you are doing and the meaning. It looks like it has been put together by a mix of a classical mathematician as well as reflecting the new mathematics curriculum.
These questions are definitely not any more difficult than when I went through school.
I don't actually use this stuff much at all these days, although there is still value in learning it (the process you learn in attacking a problem). Computers trivially solve these equations and most realworld work is such that you can't solve algebraically anyhow. In applied mathematics now it really is a case that you spend most of your time understanding a problem and writing code.
Finch:
Honestly, why do we even learn it at school. What a massive waste of time.
Saw this online yesterday, seems apt
i asked my son about it, who's finishing a Hons in computer science, 1st class, and he said thats a pretty brutal test and its everything they should know but its like they picked the hardest example for every type of question, not really fair
Common sense is not as common as you think.
MattikusNZ: 1b  Hone and Ranee
If Hone gave Ranee $22, Ranee would have twice as much as Hone > H  $22 = 2(R + $22)
I think there's a whoopsie here. If Ranee had twice as much as Hone, its 2(H22)=R+22 isn't it? i.e. Ranee plus 22 is twice Hone less 22. I don't have my working in front of me, but from memory I had Ranee with $146 and Hone with $106.
