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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bobbym. Mandy here. Pebbles should get to the size of a math Spaniel dog no bigger I hope? I am fine, Maths is going fine. How are you then? SEND ME A MESSAGE NOW OR AS SOON AS YOU CAN PLEASE can you tell me why some words change when I put the bread of the dog in then?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am okay. I am pleased to hear that you are doing well. How is the weather there?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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The weather is good not to cold and it is dry at the moment? What is your weather like then? Hope you under stand my next message? send message now or as soon as you can please?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, I understand it. It is currently 50F and I am freezing. It is overcast so it might rain.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Pebbles will get to the size between 38cm-41cm good size? What do you think? Time here is 12.16 dinner time on Friday 25 Febuary What is the time over there as I have for got? SEND MESSAGE NOW OR AS SOON AS YOU CAN PLEASE

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The time here is 4:22 AM on Friday morning 2 / 25 / 2011. That is a little on the tiny side.

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Will that size of dog you can have sit on you lap if you don't mind? They don't need a lot of walking or feeding and don't take up much room? SEND ME A MESSAGE NOW OR AS SOON AS YOU CAN PLEASE

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is true. A small dog eats less. I have had a couple of medium size dogs 25 - 30 pounds. They were good friends.

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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What bread are your dogs then? send me a picture of them if you can please? SEND ME A MESSAGE NOW OR AS SOON AS YOU CAN PLEASE

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do not have them anymore. That was a long time ago. They were just mutts, no special breed.

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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buy for now speak to you later as I have to go as my husben will be in from work soon for his lunch ok?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Okay, will see you again. Have fun with the dog and enjoy your lunch.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob bundy, Mandy here sorry I have not got back to you sooner but computer broke down and now is fix and i have been on holiday as well? Hope you are ok? I have not found a maths book for my GCSE so what do you suggest then? send me a message NOW OR AS SOON AS YOU CAN PLEASE AND SORRY IT HAS BEEN SOME TIME SINE WE SPOCK BUT HOPE WE CAN MESSAGE EACH OTHER NOW COMPUTER IS FIX HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON? TIME HERE IS 12.44 NOON MONDAY 9 MAY WEATHER IS WARM AND SUNNY? WHAT IS YOUR WEATHER THEN?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi mandy jane,

It's good to hear from you again. How's the studies going?

The ICS course says it uses the exam board Edexcel but in one of your earlier posts you said you were doing AQA foundation.

Please make it clear whether you are using the AQA exam board or Edexcel, whether it is foundation level and which syllabus exactly.

Where are you doing the exam?

As it is very near to your exam now, it might be better to get some past papers to practise and post difficulties here at Maths Is Fun.

But you want the right past papers which is why I need to know the exact syllabus for you.

Buit I think the Edexcel books are very good. Here's some links you may find helpful.

Have a look at

http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE2010/Spec%20B_Issue%202_WEB.pdf

for the details of the syllabus B course.

The books EdExcel produce for this are at

http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Secondary/Mathematics/14-16/EdexcelGCSEMathematicsSpecB/EdexcelGCSEMathematicsSpecB.aspx

I've not used these as they have only recently been published. But one of the co-writers is Keith Pledger and his previous book is the one I was going to recommend:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edexcel-GCSE-Maths-Foundation-Mathematics/dp/0435534084/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304971192&sr=1-1

WEATHER REPORT. It is warm and sunny here too. We haven't had a decent amount of rain for ages now.

Bob

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob. Mandy here. Thank's for message it is good to talk to you again. Maths study is going ok? I have watch some of the "Don't

Call Me Stupid" it is good. I am useing the AQA exam board at Level GCSE/FC Element 4306F: Mathematics A Tier F Component

4306/1F: Mathematics A Paper 1 Tier F ON 6/6/2011 and I am useing AQA exam board at Level GCSE/FC Element 4306F:

Mathematics A Tier F Component 4306/2F: Mathematics A Paper 2 Tier F ON 10/6/2011 I am taking this at Hadleigh High School in

Ipswich Suffolk. I hope this will help you? so you can send me some exams paper to practise on please? SEND ME A MESSAGE

NOW OR AS SOON AS YOU CAN PLEASE. And I will have a look at the books you gave me details of ok? Hear from you soon

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi mandy jane

You can download exam papers (no cost) at

http://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/maths/mathematics/mathematics-a-linear.php

They have three sets: June 2009, November 2009, and June 2010.

I don't know why November 2010 isn't there; but you will get 6 papers anyway which should be enough for you. That's two per exam session, 'non calculator' and 'calculator expected'. Make sure you download the foundation level papers as the highers are on the same link.

The mark schemes are there too; which will show you the answers and how to allocate marks if you get a question partly right.

My recommendation is to try these and post to the forum if you need help with a question. After you have done a few with no time limit; try some where you work to the time allowed so you can see what it is like to do a paper 'under exam conditions'.

The grade boundaries vary a little from year to year so I cannot say at the moment what % you need to aim for but I'll investigate further and post back if I find out anything useful.

Bob

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Mandy Jane

I managed to find the 2009 grade thresholds.

June 2009 4306F MATHEMATICS A TIER F

totalled mark /200 - - - C =141 D =113 E = 85 F = 58 G = 31

Nov 2009 4306F MATHEMATICS A TIER F 4306/1F

MATHS A PAPER 1F /100 - - - C = 67 D = 54 E = 41 F = 28 G = 15

Nov 2009 4306/2F

MATHS A PAPER 2F / 100 - - - C = 66 D = 53 E = 40 F = 28 G = 16

The two papers have such similar figures that you can easily work out the combined threshold for Nov 09 by doubling the individual ones.

The actual grade awarded is always based on the combined total; so if you do well on one paper and badly on the other, the grade is, in a sense, 'averaged'

After a paper has been marked you can use these figures to decide the grade.

Eg. If you got 62% on Nov paper 1, that's above 54 so it is a 'D'. To get a 'C' you would need 67% or more.

I couldn't find the June 2010 anywhere but the thresholds will be about the same. They adjust from year to year to allow for a paper being a little harder or easier from year to year.

Bob

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bob bundy sorry it has been a long time sine we talk but I have done my gcse maths exam and I am waiting for my marks? I should get them on August 25 and then I can let you know what I got ok? Hope you are ok? Pebbles the dog is fine? I am doing a dog obedience course? Got any news for me then? It would be good to hear from you or anyone els out there? send message now please?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Mandy;

How are you?

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi bobby m I am fine did you see I am doing a course called dog obedience? what do you think of that? Got any news for me then? send me a message now please?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Mandy;

Dog obedience? That is good, why don't you tell

me more about it? I am fine, I have not seen you in a long time.

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**mandy jane****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-23
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Hi I don't tink I did very well in the gcse maths exam as I found it hard? if I do it again will you be there to help me? send me a message now please?

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