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### Application

Cambridge

Christ's

Mathematics

2009

pooled, offer made (Queens')

### Applicant

A-levels

pre-qualification

home

United Kingdom

Grammar School

yes (7 A*,1 A,2 B)

#### A-levels

(A at AS)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

#### Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained NA)

#### Cambridge STEP Maths

(predicted NA; gained NA)

(predicted NA; gained NA)

Will be taking AEA Maths and STEP in June/July 2010

### Details about the offer

conditional

A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics (Further), A in Physics, 1 in STEP II, 1 in STEP III

I had already gained an A* in Maths - this was not included in the offer

yes

no

grades pending/unknown

### Decisions about the application

Good university

I just decided I liked Cambridge better

I like Maths

I choose Christ's becuase it was in the centre of town and had about 12 maths students in each year.

### Preparation

yes

I had one mock interview with a Maths teacher at my school

Go through past exam questions (from this site and your school if they have any)

### Interview

no

no

no

1st Interview:

1) Draw graphs of:

y=sin(1/x)

y=x*sin(1/x)

y=(x^3)*sin(1/x)

2) A mechanics question based on M1. Bead on wire - how long to fall from A to B. (that makes it sound more simple than it was though)

3) Draw graph of y=e^(something)

2nd Interview:

1) Prove for a 3 digit number that if the sum of the digits is a multiple of 3, the 3 digit number is a multiple of 3.

2) Do the same as Q1, but in hexadecimal (I had said I was interested in computers)

3) Do same as Q2, but for multiples of 5 (continues on from Q2 - don't start again)

4) Shown a model of a dodecahedron

Without counting work out:

- how many edges

- how many vertices

5) String tied inside dodecahedron between vertices, forming a cube. How many possible positions could there be for a cube inside the dodecahedron?

Jumper, black trousers and black shoes. Not too casual, but don't like dressing formally.

### Impressions

It seemed OK, didn't see much though - I was there for 1 hour when it was dark and raining.

The porter was very friendly though.

### Final stage

Forgot about it over the christmas holidays. Slightly nervous when letter arrived.

I opened the letter.

I had been pooled - felt disappointed I hadn't got an offer, but also relieved I hadn't been rejected.

I picked up the phone.

The director of studies phoned me to tell me Queens' would offer me a place.

### Looking back

Yes.

Practise past interview questions to get used to them

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