Mathematics: Last-Minute Tips


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Here are a few last-minute tips for writing your Mathematics paper:

* Make sure you fill up the necessary details on any graph papers. Also mention the question number and the section it belongs to.

* For clarity, outline/highlight your answer in a box, ex. if your answer is x=2 , draw a box around it so that it is easier for the examiner to locate your answer.

* Do not skip steps. Write down each and every step even if you feel it is very easy.

* If you have applied a specific technique in arriving at your answer, mention the name of the method, ex. if you have applied componendo and dividendo, then write down ‘by componendo and dividendo’ next to the step in parenthesis.

* Draw clear and neat diagrams and label them. Also, ex. if AB indicates the height of the tower, then mention separately, ‘AB=height of tower’, etc.

* Read the question thoroughly. Do not be in a hurry and see what the question is asking and attempt it accordingly.

* Check your paper twice and if you have the time, check it thrice. Make sure you don’t make any silly mistakes in calculation. To make it easier to recheck your answers, make sure your rough work is done on the same page as the answer and that it is clearly written and legible for you to recheck the calculation.

* Do not jumble up the steps. If you feel your answer seems jumbled up, leave a line after each step to make it look neat and clear.

* Leave a page if you don’t know the answer and come back to the question later. Do not waste time on a question that you are unsure of and which you need time to think upon.

* Check your paper and make sure you have answered each question and sub-question. If a question has two parts mentioned in the same line, make sure that you read the question till the very end and attempt all parts. If you have left a question to attempt later, make sure you go back and complete it.

Hope these tips help you while writing your exam paper! Keep visiting for more such tips! 🙂

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Mathematics: E-book!


Addition, division, subtraction and multiplica...

Addition, division, subtraction and multiplication symbols (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A noted follower had requested a PDF file of questions/answers. Well, this is even better! The following link is of an e-book of Mathematics by Mr. M. P. Keshari.

PART 1 (Chp 1 to Chp 11):  http://www.icseguess.com/ebooks/x/maths/part1/

PART 2 (Chp 12 to Chp 23):  http://www.icseguess.com/ebooks/x/maths/part2/index.php

PART 3 (Chp 24 to Chp 29):  http://www.icseguess.com/ebooks/x/maths/part3/index.php

It is thorough and even has examples of solved questions. Very useful! Do check it out! 🙂

Mathematics: Important Formulae and Points to Note


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This PDF file consists of important chapter wise formulae that you will need to remember along with any important points you should keep in mind while preparing for your exam.

The proper credit for these notes has been given in the PDF file itself. Please check it out! It will be very useful to you!

http://www.icseguess.com/download/maths_formula_x.pdf

Thank you!

Math: Trigonometric Identities and Tips to Remember


Trigonometry! Some of you may have been practicing trigonometry since 8th grade.. But who really likes trigonometry?

Trigonometry is simple logic and once you get the hang of it, it is a very interesting topic in math! And easy, too!

We all know the basics:

sinA = perpendicular/hypotenuse

cosA = base/hypotenuse

tanA = sinA/cosA

           = perpendicular/base

cotA = 1/tanA

           = cosA/sinA

           = base/perpendicular

sinA = 1/cosecA

cosA = 1/secA

tanA = 1/cotA

Trigonometric Table

Here are the important trigonometric identities you’ll need to memorize (YES, MEMORIZE!):

sin2A + cos2A = 1

1 + tan2A = sec2A

                           To remember this identity, s and t are different letters.

1 + cot 2A = cosec2A

                     To remember this identity, c (cosec) and c (cot) are the same letters and cot is the inverse of tan.

While solving Proving sums in Trigonometry,

Remember:

If you get a question like this:

P.T. (1+cosA)/(1 – cosA) = (cosecA + cotA)2

Observe that the RHS has cosecA=1/sinA and cotA=cosA/sinA

Since both cosecA and cotA, when simplified have sinA as the denominator, if we divide EACH TERM on the LHS by sinA, we will solve the sum.

You can also apply the same technique to proving sums which have cosA as the denominator.

Give it a try!

 

Here’s a link to the PDF file for the above notes:

NOTES – Trigonometric Identities and Tips to Remember

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Math: Algebraic Identities


Mathematics is easy for some, difficult for others. What is important is whether you like the subject or not! Cultivate a liking towards math, and you’ll be breezing through it in no time!

Here are several important identities which you may want to keep in mind while solving sums. They will help you out the most in Quadratic Equations, Ratio and Proportion, Trigonometry, etc.

(x + a) (x + b) = x2 + (a + b) x + ab

(a ± b)2 = a2 ± 2ab + b2

(a ± b)3 = a3 ± 3a2b + 3ab2 ± b3    OR    (a ± b)3 = a3 ± b± 3ab (a± b) 

a2 − b2 = (a + b)(a − b)

a3 + b3 = (a + b)(a2 − ab + b2)

a3 − b3 = (a − b)(a2 + ab + b2)

(a + b + c)2 = a2 + b2 + c+ 2ab + 2ac + 2bc

These are just the basic algebraic identities you may need in the chapters mentioned above.

 

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NOTES – Algebraic Identities

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