Done by Nickolas Teo Jia Ming
Mathematics skills
Disclaimer: These notes are based on my opinion on how the questions should be tackled. Do take itwith a pinch of salt, and practice to see how they are applied.
Miscellaneous
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When the answer you need to show is an integer multiple of a
o
∈ ℤ
o
=3
,
ℎ
∈ ℤ
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To show that
is a positive integer as well as
0
o
∈ ℤ
0+
o
∈ ℤ
+
∪
{0}
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To show continued multiplication, division, addition or subtraction, use
…
o
+1−1
−2
…
31
o
+1−1
+
−2
+
⋯
+
31
Note the ‘
+
’ flanking the
…
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Add the units only to your final answer
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Don’t forget to add
to the end of a radian value
APGP
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If the question points to a trend being AP/GP but did not explicitly say so, define it
o
____ follows an arithmetic/ geometric progression with first term
, common ratio
Sub in
and
if known
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Also define
,
or
is used
o
/
is the
term of the arithmetic/ geometric progression
o
is the sum of the first
terms of the arithmetic/ geometric progression
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When converting AP to GP and vice versa, convert either the common ratio or differenceinto the other, and solve to get the common ratio/ difference
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When converting AP to GP and vice versa, take note of when the progression starts, so as tonot double count when adding to past results. (See MSM qn 4ii)
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When finding sum of a non AP GP sequence, split the sequence into its AP GP components,and add them up.
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When showing the GP is convergent, need to show that

<1
, not just
<1
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When dealing with percentages
o
it is better to write it as a decimal than a fraction
3% = 0.03
instead of
3100
o
If the price, savings, quantity etc. is increasing by a percentage, it is better tocalculate the final price than finding the change and adding it to the original
150(1.03)
rather than
150+ 150(0.03)
Binominal expression