Suggested Answers to 2014 A Level H2 Math 9740 PAPER 2



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ERRATA & Remarks:

6(ii) I miscounted and was careless.

Case 1: A plays midfield, B sits out of attacker =>3c1 x 8c4 x 4c1 x 5c4

Case 2: A sits out midfield, B plays attacker => 3c1 x 8c4 x 4c2 x 5c3

Case 1 + Case 2 =1 6800

(iii) I doubled counted indeed. Thanks for pointing out. Should be

Case 1: Midfielder A plays midfield => 8c4 x 3c1

Case 2: Midfielder A plays defender => 8c3 x 3c2

Case 3: Midfielder A sits out => 8c4 x 3c2

3c1 x 5c4 x (8c4 x 3c1 + 8c3 x 3c2 + 8c4 x 3c2) = 8820

8ai. I drew the left side of the quadratic. It should be the right side. my bad.

9. I initially used Z-Test for this question. But T-test is definitely more appropriate as we are given as unknown population variance. I changed it to T-test in the following solutions, but understand that some teachers consider Z-Test to be acceptable too. I should highlight that nobody has access to the actual answer scheme; we only see the marker’s report.

(ii), (iii) Set notations should be used. {t>3.48} and {0<k^2<0.423}

11. Please take note that I used CLT here, so cc is not required.

– I understand some students misunderstand that CLT is used to find the mean of any distribution. This is a terrible misconception. CLT is a limiting theorem, and we apply it to approximate a non-normal distribution to a normal distribution, given n is sufficient. And they can be sum of independent random variables, sample sum, or sample mean. You can read more from the link below.

– Why I used CLT approximation instead of poisson approximation (Poisson approximation is not incorrect either): I used continuity correction in qn 7 alr, so given examiner psychology, I would think they want to be impressed with something different. That’s why I picked CLT approximation. Do note that this does not mean that doing poisson approximation is wrong; so long as you perform cc precisely.

I do hope this clarifies, and I’m sorry it came late as I was ill and had jc1 classes yesterday too.

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518 Responses to Suggested Answers to 2014 A Level H2 Math 9740 PAPER 2

  1. Guest says:


    shouldnt it be 3c1 x 8c4 x 4c1 x 5c4 + 3c1 x 8c4 x 4c2 x 5c3 = 16 800?

  2. Julie says:

    Hi, i think for the hypothesis question, it’s supposed to be a t-test, but i did a z test too:( will it have method marks? And for qn 2, i got the splitting of partial fractions wrong, can you give an estimate of how much marks will they give? Thanks’

  3. sigh says:

    i’m so dead 🙁 sobs.

    • admin says:

      To be honest, its just Alevels. Life is much more than that. 🙂 Furthermore, you still have many more papers to go. Don’t let math beat you down

  4. Anon says:

    Hi, shouldnt Qn9 be done using T test since population variance is unknown and sample size=10 is small?

  5. A says:

    For the hypothesis question why is it less than 4.3 and not more than 4.3?

  6. lee says:

    For question 9, shouldnt it be t test instead? Since population variance unknown and sample size is small

  7. Anon says:

    For 11 (iii), is it possible to do it like this? X~Po(11×52) –> Approximate to normal distribution?

  8. MR mr says:

    FOR qn 9, if i use sample variance throughout the qn, hw many marks will i be deducted?

  9. Wow says:


  10. anon says:

    6 (ii) I got 16800 too, 6 (iii) I got 8820 :/ as for hypo I did I t-test 🙁

    • question says:

      Also, for q9 is it a z test or t test and are we supposed to use inverse t or inverse norm for q9. I never heard of inverse t until today lol

      • admin says:

        I understand that. That’s one of the reasons why I did not do T Test cos invT isn’t supposed to be tested. Haha. But that will leave us with the T-Table at the back of MF15. T Test was the better fit definitely, but due to syllabus constraints I did Z. But I’ve changed to T Test Statistic

  11. s says:

    For hypothesis testing qn if i didnt calculated population variance and used sample variance will they penalize my whole thing?

  12. Omg says:

    Shouldn’t it be a t test?

  13. X says:

    Isnt it supposed to be t-test? For qn 9?

  14. I hope i pass math says:

    Q9 should be a T test since n=10 is small and the question gives a sample variance, which requires an unbiased estimator of the population variance s^2 (which you did) hence it cannot be a Z test? Am I wrong??

  15. Crystal says:

    Hello! If you get an estimated 60 for both papers, is A still possible?

  16. Huh says:

    Last question the ans should use continuity correction
    And I think for the hypothesis test should use T test and inv T

  17. Anon says:

    For the test shouldnt it be t test , and invT should be used?

  18. Thanks says:

    Thanks a lot teacher!!

    I got 92 marks for this and 65 for the paper 1.. do i have a chance of getting A?

  19. anon says:

    And 11 (iii) shdnt there be continuity correction? I got 0.816

  20. L. says:

    Hi sir,
    Thanks so much for your help these few days : ) could I clarify if 6iii is meant to be 3 cases instead ie 1. The player isn’t in the team, 2. He is definitely selected as midfielder 3. He’s definitely selected as defender? It seems to me for the 2-case approach there might be overlap if he’s not selected to be on team but is considered for the position.
    Many thanks!

  21. anon says:

    for q9, don’t you have to do the s^2=(n/(n-1))(sample variance) since what you have is sample variance and not s^2?

  22. Panicking says:

    3ii) You didnt take into consideration distance OA1. Answer should be 1736m?

  23. hi says:

    it should be a t test as n is small and population variance is unknown 🙂

  24. j2math says:

    for 6ii, shouldnt it be 5C3 instead of 6C3 if you consider that the attacker brother is on the team?

  25. Lala says:

    Is it possible to use Poisson approx to Normal instead of CLT? Since they didn’t ask for average.

  26. anon says:

    part iii sorry (for q9, don’t you have to do the s^2=(n/(n-1))(sample variance) since what you have is sample variance and not s^2?)

  27. anonMathTeacher says:

    The hypo is a t-test, they gave sample variance.

    • admin says:

      Hi, yes thanks for pointing out. did changed to T test. I used Z test initially as I understood that invT was not in syllabus.

  28. lee zy says:

    hi is t test completely wrong? so that q will be zero marks for me? thanks!

  29. question says:

    For 6iii)
    What is wrong with this?
    Case 1 status quo : 3C1 x 8C4 x 4C2 x 5C4 = 6300
    Case 2 one dude becomes defender: 4(3C1 x 9C4 x 3C2 x 5C4) = 22680

    Shouldnt’ we x4 for case 2 cos we can pick any 4 of the remaining members to be a defender

  30. -- says:

    11iii) no need continuity correction?

  31. help says:

    Whats an ok grade for this yr p1 and p2 ? Also , how many percent gets A for math yearly? What do u think we need for an A this yr

  32. Lala says:

    Also, for 9(ii) & (iii), the question wants set of values instead of range, so the answer should be expressed with {} instead?

  33. Hellothere says:

    Scatter sketching diagram wrong and so is the explanation

    Z and T test

    … Thanks anyways

    • admin says:

      Hi, thanks. I guess explanation could be much clearer and better. Maybe if you have time, help suggest it. Thanks.
      As for the Z, T Test, I corrected it thanks. My bad for the confusion
      CC was not required for 11 as I did via CLT. If you used standard approximations, you will cc.

  34. xxx says:

    qn 6 part 3 is double counted

  35. siao liao says:

    For 11 iii why is there no continuity correction?

  36. Hihi says:

    Is it possible for you to roughly estimate the marks for an A? What about 75? 🙁

  37. Anon says:

    Pls check 6iii. 9C5 is definitely wrong because only 4 defenders were chosen. I think you need to include a third case where the midfielder/defender isn’t chosen.

    Pls check 8ai as well. It’s y=ax^2+b where a and b are positive. Graph should be rising

  38. math says:

    hi, for question 11iii, don’t we need to CC?

  39. C.C says:

    For the last question, qn 11(iii) isn’t there continuity correction when we approximate the poisson to a normal distribution?

  40. Ashton says:

    For Q3, will i be penalized if i forgot to include the units?
    For Q6 iii), I think there is a mistake, how to get 8C4 and 9C5?
    For Q11 iii) will it be wrong if i did not use CLT but c.c instead?
    For Q9, shouldn’t it be t-test since n<30 ?

    • admin says:

      I think units is a rather minor issue. 🙂 As for qn6, I corrected it thanks. My bad for the confusion. For qn 9, yes, I changed to T-test. My bad too. qn 11, I did CLT, you’re find with normal approximations w/ cc too.

  41. Hi says:

    Hi. For qn 6(iii) since they say one of the remaining midfielders can play as a defender, shouldnt you times 4C1 for the case whereby the midfielder becomes a defender because any one of the four midfielder can become a defender.

  42. anon says:

    Shouldn’t qn 9 be t test because n=10 is small? I got 3.475 for ii and 0.423 for iii…

  43. anon says:

    Regarding Question 6(iii)– wouldn’t the answer be the sum of P(subject is a midfielder) + P(subject is a defender) + P(subject is not on the team)?

  44. Ashton says:

    Since the paper was over, how much will it be to score an A?

  45. wong says:

    Hi. After doing the 2 papers can you suggest the bell curve gor A grade.

  46. anon says:


    don’t you need to consider the 3 cases where
    1. the dual player is not on the team
    2. dual as defender
    3. dual as midfielder?

    also, when the “dual” player is put into the team as either one of the roles, he would not be considered for the other role? hence the need to reduce one person from the pool of choice?

  47. anon says:

    Pretty sure the t test value is wrong.. Z critical should be -1.383 not -1.281

  48. hello says:

    The last question arent u suppose to approximation? So there should be cc

  49. anonymous says:

    how did u find the 2 papers generally and will the bell curve be high? to me it was kind of difficult this year:/

    • admin says:

      I think they were easier than last year actually. I have students who retook and they found it comfortable actually. 🙂

  50. DD says:

    Hi for 3ii can we use the n value gotten like 10.281… Then we take 0.281* a11 of the distance? Cuz it will give u 2k+m and if u take 1891/u11 you will only get .22something instead of .28

    • admin says:

      hi, yea you need to find the a10 distance and minus off. Else, like you mention, there is underestimation

  51. P says:

    It’s t test! Need to convert sample variance to population variance using n/n-1 x sample variance. Also, if I said if I accidentally saw wrongly the point to use for the perpendicular bisector and ended up with a wrong equation, how many marks will I lose?? Also for 6iii, he decides that one of the remaining midfielders can play as either a midfielder or defender. I assumed that that one could be any of the 4 remaining midfielders, so I had a x4. Will they give me marks for misinterpreting?

    • admin says:

      Yes I changed to T-Test. I did the s^2 thing, maybe I wrote too briefly.
      Yes your bisector is wrong, its quite costly. the points will be mistaken too.
      I changed my PnC alr. haha.

  52. hey says:

    Hi, if you used t test instead of z test, but used inv norm instead of inv t, is it wrong?

    • admin says:

      hi, yes I changed the test alr. you need to invT

      • hey says:

        Oh, because i was aware that t test was the more suitable test, but didnt know of invt, so ended up using inv norm to find critical t value :/ do you think that they will consider the fact that it isn’t in our syllabus, and maybe give chance haha, thanks anyway for ur reply !

        • admin says:

          Yes, if you read thru the comments etc. haha I do think that T test is more appropriate and simply used Z cos of the syllabus. haha but I guess certain school do teach it. 🙂 Furthermore, we don’t need invT to find the t critical. they do provide you with a T-table in the MF15…

          • hey says:

            I see.. thanks 🙂 bt if our critical t value in wrong in part ii(cos of using invnorm and not invt), do we still get any marks? Also since part iii requires the same critical value as well, will there be method mark for part iii?
            For the complex qn, finding the possible values of z: i did it by finding the two equations of the loci, followed by finding the intersection by solving them simultaneously. However, j made a careless mistake halfway when transferring values across workings, hence had the wrong x values and corresponding y values. Isit a gonecase/ costly mistake for the 4 marks qn?
            Sorry, i know you are busy entertaining the many many questions, so do take ur time answering and ty !

  53. really says:

    hi for the regression qn isit possible to leave price in cents? they didn’t ask to leave to anything so I though price in maths is dollars and cents

  54. anon says:

    Q6iii) Should it be 3c1 x 8c4 x 4c2 x 5c4 + 3c1 x 9c4 x 3c2 x 5c4 x 4c1? Because we need to choose 1 out of the 4 remaining midfielders?

  55. anon says:

    why is t test wrong?

  56. noobkenneth says:

    Hi can you explain your working in 6iii)? I’ve got 8820 and id considered 3 cases: 1) He’s playing midfield. 2) He’s playing defence 3) He’s not playing at all.

  57. hsjsj says:

    can I leave my answer for the price for regression question I n dollars and cents since they ask for price?

  58. DD says:

    Furthermore there’s the question on hypo shouldn’t it b t-test? And finding k^2 shouldn s^2 b used?

    • admin says:

      I corrected it thanks. My bad for the confusion
      yes I used s^2 actually. but some steps were skipped

  59. Oh shit says:


  60. z says:

    will 70+ marks get A?

  61. anon says:

    hello, for 6ii why did you only choose 1 midfielder instead of 2? similarly for the attackers, why did you only choose 3 instead of 4 of them? i got 29400.

  62. Distressed says:

    Just wanted to ask why it isn’t z-test but t-test?

  63. Akai says:

    Qns 8(a)(i) shouldn’t the graph be sloping upwards?
    Qns 9(ii) Why is it a z-test instead of a t-test??
    11(iii) Continuity correction?

    Thank you!!

    • admin says:

      yes, I actually did the left side of the curve. it should be sloping upwards. my bad.
      as for qn9, I corrected it thanks. My bad for the confusion
      qn11, I did CLT. So cc isn’t required.

  64. Worried says:

    Hi Sir, may I know if we will be fully penalized for using Z-test? Since the first part is 4 marks and the second part is 3, does that mean we loss a total of 7 marks when Z test is used? Thank You!

  65. abc says:

    Q11(iii) forgot to c.c. isit

  66. Sean says:

    Hey so how many did you all get?:/what did u think is the A grade or B grade:/

  67. anon says:

    For the hypo ques, if we never use k^2 to find pop variance, but did everything else correctly, is there marks?

  68. Anon says:

    For 10ic, question says in any order. So order does not matter?

    • admin says:

      Yes, but I treat like jackpot machine. so set 1 will be the first space, set 2 the second. so there is still quite a few variations.

  69. pumpk says:

    for 6(iii) I think your answer is wrong as you double counted the number of ways that player is not playing (when you 8C4x 4C2, that player may not be chosen, and 9C4 x 3C2, the player may not be chosen again)

  70. Worried says:

    Hi after seeing both papers , what do you think is the rough rough grade needed to score an A? Also, how many percent of SG usually gets an A? I think I did pretty badly for this paper I’m just hoping the bell curve helps. Also is there method marks for P&C questions? If I forgot to multiply by 2 will I still get a mark for it?

    • A says:

      Yes! Mr Teng please estimate a grade. 🙁 Is >70 safe?

      • admin says:

        Hi, I’m sorry. I don’t think its good to estimate a grade. 🙂 Many papers more to go. In any case, its over and you should not focus on ace-ing the other subjects.:)

      • Tan Jiawei says:

        Around 90 this time should be

        • h3 student says:

          Not possible to be 90. I am 99percentile in maths for all internal exams in my school and i only predict around high 70s for combined although i indeed screw up hard for paper 1. I guess it will be 70 this year as they would probably not moderate as long as the distinction rate is not too high.

          • pink says:

            for all those wondering, my tuition teacher said anything 80 and above or the upper 75 range should be guaranteed A, but if you are in the lower range 70s its a bit risky (but don’t be discouraged maybe you will have method marks!!) Anyway, just work hard for the next few papers, we are all in this tgt 🙂 and it is highly unlikely that A will be cut off at 90, usually you only see that for o level math papers in singapore. Hope this helps!! 🙂

          • admin says:

            yup. that’s true. But I tend not to say it since most students still having exams. but that’s the general range. you wont go 90.

        • Anon_1 says:

          Are you for real? A 90 is ludicrous if you considered the difficulty of yesterday’s paper. It was likened to some of the top schools’ internal exam questions.

    • upset says:

      Very worried as well.Scored roughly a 65% combined..

    • Tan Jiawei says:

      Don’t worry la cannot get A still got B ma. Don’t give up!

  71. sadboi says:

    hi, if you used z test for both, would there be ecf for solving the inequality? also, what do you estimate as the benchmark for A? thank you!

  72. Tan Jiawei says:

    Wah damn lose 40 marks alr

  73. ABC says:

    for 9i)
    shouldn’t the
    H0 = 4.3 which the company claim H0 4.3 ?

  74. Davidoff says:

    Sir, can you please suggest how you felt the paper was, and what mark would get me an A

    • admin says:

      I don’t think I can comment on the grade. You still have many more papers to go.
      I felt that both papers were easier than last year.

  75. Anon says:

    Shouldn’t the bisector line not be drawn? If not the marker will think its the locus too…
    Also, the scatter plot A should be U shape with the positive side drawn?

  76. anon says:

    6iii) 9C5? So you choose 5 defenders when they only asked for 4?

  77. Anon says:

    Hi for Q9ii why isn’t it divided by square root 3.2/10 divided by root 10. U wrote 32 and 9?

  78. concern says:

    is T-critical in syllabus? if not how they expect us to use.

  79. concern says:

    is T-critical in syllabus? if not how they expect us to know.

    • admin says:

      From my understanding, its not. Not all school teach it actually, which is why I used Z-Test. But you can obtain t critical via the T table in MF15

  80. Sletar says:

    Hi, I estimate that I can get 80 percent in total… Is it secure to get A?

  81. Anon says:

    For 9 part 3 shouldnt it be root k^2 divided by 10 instead of 9?

  82. anon says:

    for q11iii, I think continuity correction is needed?

  83. Hi says:

    Hi for question 6(iii), do we have to consider the fact that any of the midfielder can be picked to be a defender such that u will have to do a 3C1 x 4C1 x 9C4 x 3C2 x 5C4? Please reply

  84. Anoymous says:

    For 7(ii) isnt it between 5 and 8. I did not include 5 and 8 then i did cc

  85. boy says:

    I said the artist died. Is that an acceptable assumption?

    • admin says:

      haha but this is an art dealer, and I guess there are quite a few artists around. :/ I guess if you substantiate it well. should be ok.

      • Bad says:

        Will it be okay if I substantiate it as because the artist died, that’s why his art pieces become priceless so there’s an increase in demand for them?

        Also, is it alright to draw the scatter plot for 8ib such that the x values goes from positive y axis to negatove y axis?

  86. anonym says:

    Hi, if we used z-test in q9, is it all marks gone?

    for q11ii, what if we did x~po(2n) , p(x<3) <0.01 , and showed the gc table?

    • anonym says:

      sorry! also, if we 0.286 x the distance in stage 11 for q3, will we lose all 5 marks?

      • admin says:

        No you wont, so long as you state and explain the direction, etc. After all you did figure stage 11 out.

    • admin says:

      No, I think z-test can still be used actually. since its already normally distributed. But T test seems to be appropriate since population variance is unknown. You should still get marks stating the rejection region, etc.
      They request for an inequality in n. so I think using the formula will be needed.

  87. Anonnnn says:

    For 6(iii) I think you have to multiply your answer by 4 for question 6 – Because they didn’t mention that a particular midfielder to be selected so either one of the four can be choosen.

  88. gg says:

    for the scatter plot for p and t both positive shouldnt the graph be increasing? thanks

  89. mr handsome says:

    Hi sir,

    For 6 (ii) do you have to minus away the case where neither are selected from your answer? For your method i think there may be the case where neither are selected

  90. whoputstheirrealnamehere says:

    Hi, for Qn9 ii and iii, is it a must to use invT? Since we didn’t learn it.. or is it okay to use a T-test, and then standardise to Z and find InvZ?

    • admin says:

      Nope, they are different curves which only coincide when n>30. So the values should differ. You can use the T Table provided in MF15 should you not do invT before.

  91. AJ says:

    Dear Teacher,
    Thanks for the ans!!;)

  92. C.k yap says:

    Yup this time round both test accepted heard from my teachers

  93. Anonnnn says:

    Also, fo question 4(b) the argument must be between 0 and 2pi ehh!

  94. ... says:

    i think ur ques 3 part 3 is wrong, cos u didnt include the first 4 metres of OA1

  95. Anon says:

    Predicted A mark?? Is 76 safe???

  96. hey there says:

    Aren’t we supposed to find 4aii by Cartesian equations of both loci?? Isn’t the answer completely wrong…??

    • admin says:

      hi if you do by Cartesian equations. you should still get the same thing.
      you bisector should be y=-x-4.

  97. Sian says:

    For q9, what if i forget to divide the k by n ? Will i lose all the marks in the question ?

  98. Violet says:

    Thanks for the suggested answers for us to check against! The questions were really unusual, like the counting of symbols, wanting us to count stars until we see stars. 🙂

    • admin says:

      yes, I saw many stars honestly. Pleasure, I needed you guys to help me check too. Cos I make too many mistakes haha

  99. Hello says:

    For 4aii, will lose mark cos i solve the eqn instead of drawing ?

  100. anon... says:

    Hi, Shouldn’t 8ai. curve be sloping upwards? Since it is a transformation of partial U shape curve upwards only , not left/rightwards.
    And I thought t-test was in syllabus? [Section 8.2. Include : -use of t-test]

  101. Mathismylife says:

    Q8(ai) shouldn’t the scatter diagram be a normal positive quadratic curve?

  102. Hisnka says:

    Will I get penalize heavily if I forgot to do n/n-1 ? I got INVT, did t test and my set notation is correct 0<k^2<(some value close to answer since I forgot n/n-1)

  103. Student says:

    For question 6ii) and iii) will I get the method marks if I did the workings u did initially ?

  104. hope says:

    If we used z test, is the ans the same?

  105. Anonnnn says:

    I think your answer to Q8 Part (i) is wrong – how come you can use the left side of the quadratic curve when the equation is y = px^2 + t ? the maximum or minimum of the curve should always be at x = 0

  106. Worried says:

    I misread the question for the hypothesis one & wrote H1, more than 4.3. I will lose the marks for the rest of the question rigjt? :(( even if I used the T test & InvT correctly…

    • admin says:

      I think you still get credit for doing the rejection etc. 🙂 don’t worry. all the best for the rest of your papers

  107. Jorndan says:

    If i made as many careless mistakes as you did will i still get an A??

    • admin says:

      haha. that’s harsh. Well, I think you must consider paper 1 too. In any case, more papers to come 🙂

  108. Students says:

    For 4a(ii), is it okay if we solve algebraically and not draw the perpendicular bisector?

  109. boy says:

    i said that the paintings were like a jigsaw puzzle so that the event of huying one is dependent of abother. is it acceptable as an assumption?

    • admin says:

      that’s really creative.. stretching it a little but I don’t see why its not valid since I know some art pieces are like these.

  110. anon123 says:

    For Qn 6 part 3, i feel your answer is wrong. Dont you need to account for the possible midfield players who can go to defense too? isnt this calculation based on the fact that you already pick out a specific individual to go to defense when the question did not have such a requirement?

    • admin says:

      I think the team positions are meant to be filled according to question requirements. There is only one such midfielder present
      And my workings are wrong. refer to my errata pls. Thanks.

  111. h3 student says:

    Hi for qn 8(iii) i think u need to divide by 10 since it say price of a car and P is ten used car in context if i am not wrong

  112. :) says:

    Hi did you accidentally miss out the negative sign at the final answer for Qn 4(b)(i)?

  113. Zhihao says:

    for qn 1 ii, after getting the 3/2 p^2 and 9/2 p as the coordinates, i got the gradient of normal and left my ans in the form y-y1=-1/m(x-x1), thats an alternative right?

    for 4bii i stopped my workings at where -5 and 1 are the coordinates of the midpoint. will i get at least a mark for that

    for qn 10 ii, i went 1 step after the fraction and left by answer in 3 sig fig, shouldn’t be penalised for that right?

    thanks a lot for your help

    • admin says:

      1. but your equation must be rid of p.
      4. I think it depends on the extent of your workings.
      10. well by right, instructions are to only round off non exact answers to 3sf. that really depends on their leniency.

  114. :) says:

    Actually, what’s the maximum mark that we can get out of 4 if we forget to remove the -ve sign on pie for Qn 4(b)(i)?

  115. handsome says:

    for 6(ii), i did the complement method: (Unrestricted) – (two brothers tgt)
    however i did not get the ans..31500 – (3c1 x 8c4 x 4c1 x 5c3 ). may i know where did i go wrong?

    • Hi says:

      I think it’s because you didn’t exclude the probability of none of them being chosen!

      • handsome says:

        thats very true, didnt come across my mind oops. so it should be (Unrestricted) – (2 bros tgt) – (none of bros tgt)

        • Hi says:

          Yupyup I tried it out and it works! Hehe all the best (:

          • K.S. Teng says:

            Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

            Thanks for helping in the clarification!
            all the best for all your papers 🙂

  116. Clara says:

    Sorry if I’m wrong but for 9(iii) isn’t it k/ (square root 10) and not 9?

  117. anon says:

    Based on your amended working:

    6 (iii) 3c1 x 5c4 x (8c4 x 3c1 + 8c3 x 3c2 + 8c4 x 3c2) = 8820

    There wasn’t a 4C1 anywhere so we take it that “one of the remaining midfielders” refers to a particular person and is not for us to choose right? Felt that Cambridge could have made it clearer.

    • admin says:

      hmm. in a way, its one particular midfielder. putting 4c1 allows that midfielder to be different. I think “one of the remaining” informs us that this talented player is unique.

    • C.k yap says:

      I too put 4c1 since it is one of the midfielder

      • K.S. Teng says:

        Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

        as its “one of the remaining midfielders”, i understand it as just ONE object out of 4 and this object will be unique. so doing 4c1 allows the object to change.

  118. :c says:

    hi do u think this year paper overall is one of the hardest throughout the years?

  119. anastasia says:

    hi 6(iii) wont that method result in double counting in cases where that flexible player isnt chosen at all?

  120. Clara says:

    For 11(iii) I did CC! Is it wrong? And for q2 I didn’t reduce my c! I got 24/9 which is 8/3 when reduced! Will they mark me down for that?

    • admin says:

      no. its fine actually. so long as you cc.
      hmm That depends on the leniency of the markers 🙂
      Don’t worry and all the best for other papers!

  121. Anononymous says:

    I forgot to change the range of the angle for 4bi and ii, end up I get 64e^-ipi and 1,7,13, will there be method marks??

    and 11 iii using poisson to normal instead the answer would not be the same right?

  122. Jack says:

    Can I ask for 1(ii) I got the mid point but failed to obtain the equation. And for 3(b)ii I managed to get the question but when I found out I cannot get a nice number for n is stop halfway.
    For 4)aii) I use a line and circle to solve but wrong answer and for bi I forgot to change to positive pie
    6iii) is there another case that they player who can played as either midfielder and defender was not chosen to the teAm?
    9ii and iii if I use sample variance will I get 0
    I committed so many mistakes. Hopefully bell curve pull me up

    • admin says:

      4. you just lose answer mark without -pi
      6 I corrected it thanks. My bad for the confusion
      9 you should still get method marks.
      don’t worry. more papers to come!

      • Jack says:

        Thank how about question 1 and 3. What is the usual A score?

        • K.S. Teng says:

          Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.
          qn1 half of it seems to be down, since you’re short of stating new parametric and substituting.
          3. then you probably just get like 2-3m, for that expression if correct and substitution and solving.

  123. Jack says:

    Admin can you comment on my mistake if there is any method mark.

  124. Screwedup says:

    Thanks for the help
    MJ Boleh

  125. screwed says:

    Hi sir for q9, if i used z test, will the whole question be wrong?

    • admin says:

      no, it seems like some school teachers suggest Z test can be used too. Since its alr normally distributed. In any case, you should still be get marks for the subsequent portions.

  126. Hopeful says:

    Hi used z test for both will i get marked down very badly?

  127. Sup says:

    I believe the “10 cars” in Q8 refers to 10 different cars of the same model. These 10 cars correspond to 10 sets of data points given. So, if I’m not wrong, I don’t think there is a need to divide the “P” obtained by 10. =)
    I’m not sure but that’s how I interpreted “10 cars”. =)

    • admin says:

      oh dear. you make sense too. haha my English is terrible. -.-

    • h3 student says:

      I highly doubt so as the phrasing is prices in dollars of a random sample of ten used cars of a certain model. It is unlikely that they mean ten cars all of same price since if that is the case they would gave add the word “average” to avoid confusion.

      • Hi says:

        I think they meant as 10 cars of the same model all of different months. Thus, there were 10 sets of values given.

        • sigh says:

          I agree. 10 cars as in the 10 included in the table. But aiya 1 mark only

          • K.S. Teng says:

            ya. i thought for 1m, they are really asking too much. but i’ve suffered a fair amount of torment to their english. So I think you guys can decide better 🙂

  128. Guest says:

    q11)iii) Pls remember to do CC…Think you forgot…

  129. Hopeful says:

    I got 60% combined… Is that equivalent to a C or B based on the difficulty of both papers and the bell curve?

  130. mr handsome says:

    Hi sir,

    For 6 (ii) dont you have to subtract the case which both of them are not selected? The method you used has double counting

  131. handsome says:

    hi looking forward to ur ans to my comment thank you!!

  132. Hello says:

    4aii, i square both sides to get answer, but ended up with diff ans. however when i sub back the ans its correct. Is it mathematically right ?

    • admin says:

      Im quite confused haha. cos you ended with diff ans. and got the correct again.

      • Hello says:

        Uhm, but is it right to square both sides and solve for z?

        • K.S. Teng says:

          Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

          I see. You can’t square to remove the modulus. the modulus here for the complex number is to find the magnitude, and not the absolute function. you will need to apply the magnitude formula before squaring both sides

  133. Anon says:

    Hi for question 2 after you integrate and sub in the values shouldnt the fourth term be 3/2 ln (-5) since it’s 2x – 5 and x equals 0?

  134. :) says:

    Is it assumed that the sample variance k^2 is biased for Qn 9(ii) and (iii)? Or do we take it as a biased estimate of sample variance because it’s a t-test? I assumed it as an unbiased estimate and my answer’s all different T_T my answers were t>3.58 and 0<k^2<0.548

    And also why do we need to put the answers in set notations?

    Thanks in advanced!

    • Anon says:

      Do you think u will recieve any marks for this qn?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      You should still get credit for stating the rejection region statements precisely.
      Cos they asked for sets, it will be more complete to give them in set notations. I overlooked it as i was rushing.

  135. Guest says:

    Also for 9)iii) the denominator should be root(10k^2/9)… Think you missed out the 10…

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.
      s^2/n= k^2/9
      I skipped a step as I used Bessel’s corrections instead

    • Hey says:

      Many people got confused cause he skipped out a step actual denominator is root(s^2/10) which will be root [ (10k^2/9) / 10] and because the 2 10s cancel out each other, thus it’s just root(k^2/9) (The 10 at the bottom is n)

      • K.S. Teng says:

        yup thanks for clarifying 🙂
        There are other formulas that are easier and I guess i conveniently used it hah

  136. saddened says:

    For qns 2, I somehow derived the partial fraction wrongly, but got some of the values right in the end. How many marks should I get out of nine for the question?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      yup you should get marks there. 2-3? and the integration, probably another 1-2m if you did some parts correctly.

  137. Kel says:

    Hi, may I ask for qns 9, why isn’t it z test since qns states it follows normal distribution?

    • Nomoremath says:

      Because the sample is small and POPULATION variance (sigma square is unknown)! Just because its normal doesn’t mean it’ll be z test I think cause when you do t test you have to state ‘assuming x/variable follows a normal distribution’ If it isn’t normal.

      Situations you use z test: population variance known doesn’t matter if sample is large or small if large, clt applies.
      Large, but population variance unknown. Clt applies.

      • K.S. Teng says:

        yup. thanks for clarifying for me. and yea congrats on no more math 🙂 All the best for the rest of your papers

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      cos the population variance is unknown. T-Test would be better.

  138. mr handsome says:

    Hi sir,

    For 6ii the method you used did not even choose 11 players as required by the question

    • :) says:

      i noticed that too!! been staring at the solution

      • asd says:

        There is no need for 11, as u already assume that 1 of the 2 brothers is in the team.

      • mr handsome says:

        Did you get 23100 as the answer? 🙂

        • sadboi says:

          16800 is the ans i think! he corrected it

          • mr handsome says:

            Yeah i saw it! But his method did not choose 11 players. He only chose 10! I got 23100 which i think is right!

        • tom says:

          i got this ans too! but i got it using the complement method. awaiting his reply..finally someone with the same ans as me :))

        • Hi says:

          Sorry but 16800 should be correct even if you use a complementary method to exclude the case of both chosen and both not chosen that answer is obtained as well. In his solution he only chose 10 as in one case he already fixed one brother to be a midfielder and in the other case the other brother was fixed thus only 10 other members need to be chosen!

          • K.S. Teng says:

            Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

            Thanks for helping me clarify. 🙂

  139. asd says:

    Just a few question:
    Qn 2, does it matter if i leave my answer for c as proper or improper fractions?
    Qn 4a(ii): Is the locus of z required to be drawn, can I simply solve it algebrically?(i.e.find gradient of the 2 point, find normal, get equation, and solve with part 1 circle)
    Qn7iii: I retardedly did P(Y<=8)-P(Y<=3) instead of 4. What do you suggest is the marks I may score?
    Qn 8biii:@#$%%^&^%

    • asd says:

      Must question 8ai scatter diagram be positive in the y-axis?

      • Hi says:

        If I didn’t remenber wrongly the question stated that b was positive as well! Thus it’ll be a U shape curve that cuts the positive y axis. (But only draw positive x)

    • K.S. Teng says:

      qn2. by definitions, a rational number is expressed as a fraction, p/q where by p & q must be integers and q is non-zero. You can check this with wiki. You just can’t write mixed fractions.
      qn4. the locus is not required. algebra works fine.

  140. sadboi says:

    hi, for 4bii, if i forgot to change my -pi to postive in 4bi and used it for 4bii, will i get penalized again? i derived the ans correctly. my working is exactly the same as yours! thank you!

    • asd says:

      Part 2 wrong. You will minus a few marks since the question explicitly asked for 0-2pi. But there is no reason why part 3 will be wrong.

      • sadboi says:

        oh thanks! btw, by part 3 you meant part 2 right? since there are only 2 parts to part b of the question

        • asd says:

          yup, sorry for the typo. But i had the same mistake as you. Sneeky cambridge decided to change the domain to 0<=x<2pi

  141. saddened says:

    Hi, for qns 2, I somehow derived the partial fraction wrongly, but got some of the values right in the end. How many marks should I get out of nine for the question?

    And for 4ii, does sketching the line give any marks? Cause I noticed they didn’t ask for it

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      qn2. you should get marks for integrating.
      qn4. no the line does not need to be drawn.

  142. Sup says:

    Hey, what if i forgot to round off to 3sf 🙁

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      thats the instructions given at the start. So you might be penalised for answers.

  143. K says:

    Any idea how much to get A? I got around 83%…..quite scared it’s on the edge

  144. tom says:

    hi sir, for 6(ii), is it possible to use the complement method instead?

  145. Hello says:

    Hello, just to ask for q9, shouldn’t it be the case where part II, is used z test since variance is now known?
    while for iii, variance not known and population size small then use t test?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      the entire questions, population variance is unknown. we only have the sample variance which can be used to find the unbiased estimate of population variance.

  146. sigh says:

    8 (iii) No I don’t think you got tricked, 10 cars as in 10 data included in the table, not that each price is for 10cars

  147. teoheng says:

    for the hypo ques, i did inverse T correctly except for the sign wrong. does this means i get 0 for whole ques?

  148. jon says:

    Hi sir,

    if we used Z test for the hypothesis question instead of t-test? would we still get method marks and if so, at least half of the marks awarded for the question? or just like 1 mark..?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      hi, you should still get credit for stating the correct conditions for h0 to be rejected, etc. 🙂

  149. Well maths over says:

    For 8 (iii) I rounded off to whole no instead of 3sf, is it acceptable?

    For 4 (b)(ii) I simplify w* to a real number before solving w^n/W* will it get the same answer?

    And for Qn 9, both test use t test? How can I get pop Var from sample var?

    • Hey says:

      S^2 = (n/n-1) x sample variance

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      qn8. i think instructions at the front is clear that all non-exact answers are to be in 3sf.
      qn4. w* shouldn’t be a real number since w is a complex number. If w* is a real number, then w is a real number => w*=w
      qn9. s^2 =n/(n-1) (sample variance)

      hope it helps. all the best for the rest of A’s

  150. Hi says:

    Hi, for question 8iii, need to /10 meh? I thought the 10 in the question just meant ’10 sets of data of cars which accounts nicely for the 10 sets of data?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.
      No need. But I’m just bad with english. so . yea, i had to read a few times.

  151. Anon says:

    I read the w^n/w* wrongly as w^6n/w* and ended up with n =1.2,3. Will I lose all 4 marks??

  152. idk says:

    For qn 6, shldnt we divide 8C4 by 2 since there may be an overlap in grouping?

  153. C.k yap says:

    Hey for hypo testing I did the t test everything exactly but the sign wrong will I still get some marks

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      should have marks for correct rejections statements. those methods, if correct.

  154. Guest says:

    For the last qn last part, besides the independent assumption, the other assumption is it: different weeks have different mean number OR within a week different days have different mean number? Thanks!

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      those works too. so long as you consider how to violate the poisson assumptions. anything that is logical should be okay.

  155. Jack says:

    so high for paper 2 likely A i think

  156. A says:

    If for question 2, somehow i got the wrong A,B,C values after using GC.
    But method was all correct and got the correct answer for a and d. How many marks will i be able to salvage?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      You should get marks for the system of linear equations if they are right, and the integration methods.

  157. Guests says:

    For invT What if i used 0.01 instead of 0.1 careless. How many marks will i get

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      you should still get credit writing correct statements for the rejections portion in subsequent parts. answer marks will be gone.
      all the best for other papers!

  158. mathsnoob says:

    Hi. I wanted to ask for the hypo qn, if i used Z test and confuse sample variance with population variance, will I get straight zero?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      you should still get credit writing correct statements for the rejections portion in subsequent parts. all the best for other papers!

  159. Anon says:

    what do you guys think about the bell curve for grade C,B andA?

  160. Anon says:

    Hi. If u get 79.5% will your grades be rounded up to 80%?

  161. D says:

    In Q9(iii), why is the n=9 and not 10 to find k^2?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      I skipped a step and applied bessel’s corrections.
      s^2 = 10(k^2)/9
      s^2/n = k^2/9 since n=10

  162. Alice says:

    Hi Mr Teng, I appreciate that you put up the answers so quickly. I just want to clarify how are the method marks being determined and given to a candidate? It has been bugging me because I don’t know how much workings is exactly worthy of a mark even when looking at marks allocation in each question.

    For example if I get the shape of the graph correct is that one mark out of three already?
    And for specific qn such as paper 2 qn 4(a)(ii) if i only found the coordinate of (-5,1) and managed to only list down equation of circle but wrongly indicate the equation of the line how much will I exactly get out of 4? Or is it a 0 already?

    I am probably at 70 marks combined. Is it very unlikely that I can get a A?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      method marks in general, is simply displaying correct approach/ methods to the questions. Its awarding you for understanding what you’re doing.
      qn4. no marks should be given for the bisector, unless you used it and apply geometry to find the answers. If you use cartesian equations, the coordinate (-5,1) shouldn’t have much credit, as it isn’t of much relevance to the answers. You need to at least achieve both cartesian to have 1m i feel.

      As for your marks, its hard. but maybe you got more marks here and there. don’t worry and you should focus on other papers. all the best.

    • Student1 says:

      I got 70+ combined too,kind of prepared to score B hehe

  163. Anon says:

    Should the answer for 3ii) be 2^(N+2)? If it is 2^(n+3)-8, if we sub n=2, distance after 2 stages is 24 but distance after 2 stages should be 16.

  164. Reena says:

    I cried so hard after maths paper got around 60 for both paper. Feel like the world is ending. So sad:(

    • K.S. Teng says:

      First of all, its just Alevels. There are much more in life. To put it simply, once you finish a degree and start working, Alevels is obsolete. No one really asks you how much your PSLE was. You have more papers that are within your control, so move on and focus on doing them well. 🙂

  165. Kk says:

    For the complex last part, when n = 5, the angle is – pi isn’t that out of range? So shouldn’t the ans be 11,23,35?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Hi, sorry I’m really sick today from the h1 and h2 papers yesterday plus the comments.

      hmm i don’t really have the question paper. But that range for theta was meant to be considered for the previous part. and w^6/w* once we simplify, is an expression independent of theta.

  166. :c says:

    what’s last year cut off point for A ah, anyone any idea?

  167. Anon says:

    Hi! I’m asking about a question in h2 maths paper 1 which I really need to know. :/ For question 9 i) if I got the equation of plane q wrong, would I get any method marks for 9ii) cuz i used the GC? And its worth 4 marks(its alot). And for question 8iii) instead of integrating, i differentiated sin-1(x) then i would get f(x) then differentiated f(x). Then I plugged in f(0) to all my differentiated funtions to get the maclaurin series. Is that another possible way? I really need to know. :/ Thank you.

    • K.S. Teng says:

      9. since you used the GC, there is no form of credit that can be given. unless you attempted to cross the normals to return the direction vector of line.
      8. its fine. you used “otherwise”. But you should get the same answer. 🙂

  168. Hey admin, I carelessly used dx/dy for my first Qns. Will I still get working marks ?

  169. cmi says:

    Hi i want to ask for partial fraction, if i put A/[2x-5] + B/[x^2+9] instead of Bx +c, i get last ans A C and D value correct, only B wrong, how many marks will i be penalised though my integration method all is correct. Thanks

    • K.S. Teng says:

      I think you might lose a fair amount of marks. I believed they were testing on System of Linear Equations there with the equations… And the question wasn’t in parts, so you might lose credit for the integration though marks should be given for correct methods.

      • cmi says:

        But given that they say show the values of A B C D, i got 3 correct and the integration
        I should get 4 at least right? Sorry i am a bit worried cos so many ppl ace in paper2

        • cmi says:

          And given that A C D values are not affected by the Bx+C as well as the partial fraction, i got them exact answer, they should give me answer mark?

          • K.S. Teng says:

            but you will get marks for the 3. I’ll honestly say, 2-3m, cos the integration has three terms and you need to have leave them in rational numbers too.

  170. cmi says:

    Why everyone do well in paper 2 rather than paper1, paper 1 so much easier…

  171. anon says:

    11 iii needs to use cc so ans is 0.816

  172. hi! says:

    im not really sure but i think Q11 part iii we need to C.C right? thanks a lot for the answers!

  173. hey says:

    if our critical t value in wrong in part ii(cos of using invnorm and not invt), do we still get any marks? Also since part iii requires the same critical value as well, will there be method mark for part iii?
    For the complex qn, finding the possible values of z: i did it by finding the two equations of the loci, followed by finding the intersection by solving them simultaneously. However, j made a careless mistake halfway when transferring values across workings, hence had the wrong x values and corresponding y values. Isit a gonecase/ costly mistake for the 4 marks qn?
    Sorry, i know you are busy entertaining the many many questions, so do take ur time answering and ty !

    • K.S. Teng says:

      4. i think so long as your cartesians are right and you perform good substitution and manipulation to solve. but only got wrong answers to do a careless, you should probably lose 1-2marks for the answer marks. So its not a gone case.

      9. tbh, i understand some teachers say that z-test might be acceptable (since distribution is normal) though t-test is appropriate (since pop var is unknown), primarily because invT shouldn’t be in syllabus. but one can argue, you can find the invT values through the T-table given in MF15. So its really up to the cambridge’s mark scheme (there is a reason why there isn’t any official answers and return of scripts) to decide the Test Statistic. In any cases, stating the correct conditions for rejection or non-rejection should give you some method marks alr.

      Don’t worry and all the best for the other papers!

  174. hello says:

    For paper 1, if i didnt use cross product to derive the normal for plane q, but used dot product (dot direction vector of line and normal of plane p = 0) , hence getting an expression with an unknown k which i factored out, getting the same normal as you did. Everything else is the same. Would i get full credit? Thanks and get well soon yeah?

    • hello says:

      I meant dotting normal of q with normal of p, and also dotting normal of q with direction vector of line

      • K.S. Teng says:

        It sounds fine actually: so long as you wrote the same Cartesian equation or something similar and have the a+λb form

  175. Hellothere says:

    National A rate is about 50% yearly. A low 70 has a high chance of getting an A – just to answer many of you.

    • Mr Po says:

      Definitely not. Given the simplicity of the papers, a low 70 will not garner enough marks for an A

    • Puppies says:

      honestly, i doubt so.

    • Y says:

      I highly doubt that it’s 50%. There are 3000 As out of 16000 which is closer to 20% than to 50%. If I were to guess it would be similar to last year about 80 marks for an A.

    • Worried says:

      I don’t think so but I really do hope you are right…….. Sigh…. Seems like I will be getting a B which is the same as my prelims. 🙁

      • K.S. Teng says:

        Yea, shouldn’t go to 50% for nation A rate haha that will defeat the very purpose of a bell curve; we end up with a skewed one if so

        • A says:

          Hi Sir,

          But the teachers at my school says that the national distinction rate is 50%.
          Also, I think someone quoted from kiasuparents a few years ago that the distinction rate 3 years ago was 50.4%.

          I don’t think the teachers in my school would say that just to give us false hope or lie to us to make us feel better /:

          Only 3000s A? I mean, I heard that people in RJ and HCI have 40%~50% 4As and there are approximately 1.2k~1.5k people in each of the schools. That contributed to already 1k As. And this does not include the 1~3As studenet who have A for their maths /:

          But do correct me if I’m wrong!

  176. Student says:

    For qn4, I believe there is no need to draw the perpendicular bisector since the locus for that is defined only in part (ii) after part (i) which requests you to draw the locus of |z+5-i|=4 only

    • K.S. Teng says:

      yes, there is no need to draw it. I merely draw it and label (ii) so it doesn’t confuse with the original answer of (i). using both loci, solves the question much efficiently too.

  177. B says:

    Q9iii, shouldn’t it be (4-4.3)/(k/sqroot10)? Instead of sqroot9? The answer would be 0.471

    • K.S. Teng says:

      as mentioned previously,
      s^2 = 10(k^2)/9
      s^2/n = k^2/9
      So its correct, i skipped the steps as i applied bessel’s correction formula instead

  178. Anon says:

    If I used invT which is not in syllabus is it wrong?My sch lecture notes had it

    • K.S. Teng says:

      hi, no its perfectly fine. Some schools don’t have it. But one can easily find the numerals through the T-table found in mf15.

  179. hello says:

    Hi for the hypo test question if you got the hypothesis wrong in part I means the whole question zero marks ?
    I used the t test and inverse t though just that my assumed hypothesis was wrong !

  180. hello says:

    Hi sorry but I can’t seem to post on the page regarding H2 Paper 1 math solutions. can I check is it necessary for us to prove that volume is the maximum for q11(i)? and for q2, how many marks will we be deducted if we did not manage to show that there is only one point? thank you!

    • admin says:

      hi, yes, that’s why I used the GC to check the second order derivative value as r1 is the value that gives the maximum value of V.

  181. OMG says:

    OMG my alternative hypothesis and null hypothesis was wrong !
    i put Ho : μ 4.3
    will I lose all the marks for that question?!

  182. Jckid says:

    Hi Mr Teng, so now both papers are out, what do you think are the standards of this year’s maths papers? What’s the minimum mark to get an A for maths (in your opinion @@) will there be moderation?
    And yeah, get well soon, take care!!! 🙂 thanks for posting all the answers!

  183. Anon says:

    Guys what do you all think is the bell curve for C?

  184. Anon says:

    So will Z test give u full marks?

  185. John says:

    For Complex q4, can use cartesian eqns of both the line and circle to find the coords of intersection and hence the complex numbers? I think I got a different answer from your solution.

  186. Worried says:

    Hi admin… For question 4(i) I left out the negative sign for 5… So will I lose the entire 2 marks or maybe I can get one mark? Haha.

  187. Hello says:

    If for the pnc qn(iii), if i listed down the possible cases but left out one, will i get credit? 1or 2 out of the 3 marks?

    And,for the hypo testing, if i leave out the n/n-1, for both parts but logical and coherent working, do i lose 2 or 3 marks out of the 7 marks?

    And for the apgp, if i never fully simplify the expression like changing the 8 to 2^3, still got marks?


    • K.S. Teng says:

      if you had presented your answers nicely with explanation (means unlike mine), you will get marks. 🙂

      for hypothesis testing, you will probably lose the answers mark if you did what you mentioned 🙂 Since you weren’t tasked to find s^2

      I think the apgp doesn’t matter since they didnt mandate for simplification

  188. how how how says:

    i got the alternative hypothesis and null hypothesis wrong too!!
    Does anyone know if the markers would be lenient enough tho offer me some method marks in the following two parts because my answers there were correct based on my wrong alternative hypothesis:(((

  189. Hopeful says:

    Hi sir, For paper 1 if i get my plane equation wrong but the methods to derive are exactly the same, how many method marks would i get?

  190. SG says:

    For qn 2, will I be penalised if I don’t specific the values for a,b,c,d? I got the same final ans.

  191. PTHL says:

    Hi shouldn’t the last part undergo continuity correction

  192. idk says:

    Hello can i ask for qn 6, shldnt we divide 8C4 by 2 since there may be an overlap in grouping?

  193. Anon says:

    Hi I just wanna check Q2 if my ans is -3/2ln(45/13) + (8/3)tan inverse (2/3) isit ok? If u key into the calculator it will be the same ans it’s just that I took out the negative sign. And for Q 6iii they say one of the remaining can be the midifielders or defender. I assumed that it can be anyone? Not just that particular student? So I only have 2 cases which also adds up to 8820 isit ok?

    • K.S. Teng says:

      Yup no worries since they didn’t say if they just be positive or negative, simply rational.
      You should still get credit like 1 mark I guess 🙂

  194. Very Worried says:

    Hi Mr Teng,
    May you please tell us your predicted score for an A? We need your professional judgement on this but will also consider it at our own discretions and not hold you responsible for anything. For some of us, it can give us a peace of mind or encourage us to work harder for the other subjects.
    Thank u. 🙂

  195. anon0000 says:

    Hi for 11(iii), shouldn’t CLT be unsuitable since one of the conditions for CLT is for us to find sample mean or sample sum, which in this case is not applicable?

    • admin says:

      Hi, that’s true. But CLT can be applied to approximate sum of independent random variables too. I finally found some time to add on the remarks. you can read more. Since each week is an independent random poisson variable, 52 weeks is the sum of the independent random poisson variables (consider it the sample mean here). So its suitable to apply CLT as n is large enough and its non-normal. Hope it helps. Poisson approximation will work here too.

  196. Aleoca says:

    After all that’s said and done, math has one of the most generous bell curves, 45-50% get A. So don’t stress if you don’t get 75 or something! I hardly thing we are so good half of the cohort can get >80% for a paper like this hahaha. In any case, a B is a good grade too, and A levels are not the end of the world. Like come on, how many of the most successful people you know, or those who are the happiest in life, got straight As? Pretty sure that if you did a survey of all the millionaires in Singapore majority won’t be straight A students. Grades =/=self worth or even intelligence, with tuition and all these other factors warping things. So try your best but don’t be too stressed! If you’re awesome you’re gonna be awesome regardless. Period. 🙂

  197. Hello says:

    Hi here to ask a qn for paper1
    For the last 2 qns graph sketching, if i get the general shape right but no values attached, will i get credit?
    And for the last qn (iii), if i chose the wrong value of r1 but calculated the correct h for the wrong r1 that i chose, will i still get marks?

    Last qn though, is 84-85 a safe bet for A?
    Thx sir.

  198. kelvin says:

    Hi! For qn 8 of paper 1, i expanded wrongly for 8ii but my method for 8iii is correct. So will I get any method marks? As for qn 10, I made careless mistake in 10ii but my method and the shape of graph is correct for 10iii. Will i get any method marks? Thanks!

  199. All the best says:

    Hi! Whats the B grade range for this year? I got like 65 %lowest combined

  200. anon says:

    I didnt write down my GC model will i die?!?!?

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