2014
Wed
29
Oct
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Almost Halloween: GCE O Level Oct/Nov 2014 A-Maths 4047 Paper 2 Suggested Answers & Solutions

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Sadako Loi

The Temple is dark and sad, and tears were shed.

Last Day @The Temple

Students with faces as sullen as mine were treasuring their final moments at the sanctuary before setting off for their final mathematical battle of their lives (at least until H1/H2/poly etc.).

P1000773a P1000813 P1000741

and more ...

By now, most would have slain and conquered the vile beast known as Additional Mathematics (new 4047 breed) this morning - with records of all lethal blows presented below:

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GCE O Level 2014 AMaths 4047 Paper 2 Solutions

Access it here if you're having trouble accessing it on Facebook using your state-of-the-art smartphone :(

As usual, please, please leave a comment should you spot any mistake in the solution.

Latest versions:

  • 1.0a: Q3(ii) – added explanation of comparing coefficients to clarify how to arrive at 4c = −4, as pointed out by this kind gentleman ;)

Notes from my Mistress:

  1. Before you ask questions like "I lost x marks in Paper 2, can I still get A1/A2/B3/B4/pass?" or "What is the cutoff for A1/A2/B3/B4/C5/C6/D7/E8/F9 this year?", please understand that Miss Loi is NOT the Bell Curve Goddess.
  2. Please also understand that, unless things have changed, there is no half-mark awarded in O-Level Maths. Also it is nigh impossible for ECF if the part involved only carries 1 mark.

So, I can almost "see" you at Halloween on Friday. But it's more important now to maintain your focus and keep hanging in there, as urged by this student at The Temple:

You Just Keep Hangin' On

P.S. And should you need some quick help to get a grip on your remaining papers beyond this most exhausting of weeks, The Temple shall be open this Sunday and next Saturday for your final Social Studies & Chemistry MCQ tune-up respectively.

O Level 2014 Social Studies Chemistry MCQ workshops

Remember, remember. Now's not the time to slip in November!

*begins to crawl out of your monitor screen*

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2014
Tue
28
Oct
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The Road to Halloween: GCE O Level Oct/Nov 2014 A-Maths 4047 Paper 1 Suggested Answers & Solutions

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Tuition given in the topic of Miss Loi the Tutor from the tuition centre desk of Miss Loi at 3:32 pm (Singapore time)

Boo!

Little Ghost

The shadows were long this morning while students battled the AMaths monster (a new breed of Kaiju which no one had faced before) on Day 2 of O Level Halloween Week.

As I flitted along under The Temple Gates, distant "screams" from many voices stung my unearthly ears ...

Regardless of what happened this morning, here's the list of possible topics to attack and finish off the monster that is AMaths Paper 2 tomorrow:

As for those of you who simply need to get it off your troubled minds, here what I found when I floated to my Mistress' desk.

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GCE O Level 2014 AMaths 4047 Paper 1 Solutions

Access it here if you're having trouble accessing it on Facebook using your state-of-the-art smartphone :(

As usual, please, please leave a comment should you spot any mistake in the solution.

Notes from my Mistress:

  1. Before you ask questions like "I lost x marks in Paper 2, can I still get A1/A2/B3/B4/pass?" or "What is the cutoff for A1/A2/B3/B4/C5/C6/D7/E8/F9 this year?", please understand that Miss Loi is NOT the Bell Curve Goddess.
  2. Please also understand that, unless things have changed, there is no half-mark awarded in O-Level Maths. Also it is nigh impossible for ECF if the part involved only carries 1 mark.

Good luck on your battle against AMaths Paper 2 - the last thing standing between you and mathematical freedom! Boo!

P.S. Last but not least, this could be especially helpful to those of you whose "hit-points" may be running low after this battle-intensive week.

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2014
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27
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The Road to Halloween: GCE O Level Oct/Nov 2014 E-Maths 4016 Paper 2 Suggested Answers & Solutions

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Tuition given in the topic of Miss Loi the Tutor from the tuition centre desk of Miss Loi at 3:11 pm (Singapore time)

Greetings everyone!

Halloween Pumpkin

Welcome to O Level Halloween Week, where the 2014 batch of students are being "trick-or-treated" to one of the most evil O Level timetables in recent memory.

O Level 2014 Halloween Week

As The Temple is dark and empty of students (who are probably listening to some radio for their Listening Comprehension) as I speak, I managed to hop out of the fridge unnoticed to discover this set of worked solutions on my Mistress' desk.

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GCE O Level 2014 EMaths 4016 Paper 2 Solutions

Access it here if you're having trouble accessing it on Facebook using your state-of-the-art smartphone :(

As usual, please, please leave a comment should you spot any mistake in the solution.

Notes from my Mistress:

  1. Before you ask questions like "I lost x marks in Paper 2, can I still get A1/A2/B3/B4/pass?" or "What is the cutoff for A1/A2/B3/B4/C5/C6/D7/E8/F9 this year?", please understand that Miss Loi is NOT the Bell Curve Goddess.
  2. Please also understand that, unless things have changed, there is no half-mark awarded in O-Level Maths. Also it is nigh impossible for ECF if the part involved only carries 1 mark.

Congratulations for surviving the first day of Halloween Week! Hang in there!

P.S. Just found another note on my Mistress' desk. I think this could be especially helpful to those of you who may simply be exhausted after this "evil" week.

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2014
Fri
17
Oct
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Don't Let This Slip Through Your Fingers Like Little Grains of Sand

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Update: Seems like this tree is filling up nicely. We'll hold all of you to your wishes! :D

Sacred Tree of post-tuition O Level 2014 Sacred Tree of post-tuition O Level 2014 O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition Thanks O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes O Level 2014 post-tuition wishes (CENSORED!) The Tree of 2014 O Level Wishes

It's Autumn, where trees in many parts of the world shed their leaves in preparation for the long, dark winter.

More autumn leaves, 2

Nearer to home however, a solitary tree offers its shed branches to the men and women of The Temple to "sow" their O Level wishes, hopeful that they will bear fruit in January.

The Sacred Tree of O Level Wishes

You have your future
And you hold it in our hands
Don't let it slip through your fingers
Like little grains of sand ...

(inspired by lyrics from some obscure dance track discovered on Youtube :P )

Do Your Very Best & Good Luck for O Level 2014!

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2014
Fri
5
Sep
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A Mid-Autumn Gathering

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UPDATE: A heartfelt Arigato Gozaimasu to all of you for all your lovely Teachers Day presents! Now let's all work towards the ULTIMATE gift to both you and Miss Loi which is that grin on your faces when you receive your end-of-year / O Level results! #Believe

Teachers Day Presents
04 Mid-Autumn Festival

Feeling bored on a long weekend, 小强 found himself loitering around the neighbourhood night bazaar.

This being the month of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a feast of festive goodies greeted his eyes as he wandered from stall to stall, checking out the ubiquitous mooncakes.

Soon he arrived at the central point of the bazaar, the traditional Lantern Riddle Guessing 猜灯谜 zone, where rows upon rows of lanterns were strung up high in the air, each with a strip of paper containing a brain twister trying its best to confound the crowd gathered below.

Riddle Me This

It was also here that he met his schoolmate 小明.

Hey 小明! So free to come and view lanterns tonight?

You don't say! You too!

Eh ... what is your answer for this one? *points upwards*

A car is going from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur at a speed of 110 km/h. Another car is traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore at a speed of 100 km/h.

 Assuming they both depart at the same time, which one will be closer to Kuala Lumpur when the cars meet?

Immediately, 小强 exclaimed,

HAHAHA! It's so obvious the answer is [+] (click to find out)

they will be the same distance away when they meet!

Don't tell me you got it wrong??!

There was a brief silence from 小明, before he (embarrassedly) pointed to the next lantern.

What about this one?

Make a true equation using all and only the numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5 and the symbols + and = , with each number and symbol used exactly once.

Once again, 小强 cried out,

WAHAHAHA! The answer is [+] (click to find out)

32 = 4 + 5

Don't tell me you don't know again??!

After another brief period of silence, 小明 retorted angrily,

YA LAH! YA LAH! YOU VERY SMART LAH!

At this very moment, a sudden gust of wind howled through the courtyard, swaying the lanterns and sending an unearthly chill down the spine of everyone present.

When the lanterns settled, they were surprised to discover that the riddles on each strip of paper had been replaced by something distinctly un-riddlelike in nature.

Given cos 30° = 0.866, find cos 150°.

Ha! This should be super easy for you 小强?

Errr ... sorry this is AMath. Unlike you, I only take EMath.

But 小强, EMath students should know that [+] (click to find out)

cos (180° − x) = − cos x
Hence cos 150° = cos (180° − 30°) = −cos 30° = −0.866

*silence from 小强*

Given sin 30° = ½, find cos 60°.

小强 was protesting now.

Hello?! Why they keep putting up questions that require AMath trigonometric equations???

Errr ... 小强 ... [+] (click to find out)

you never learn TOA CAH SOH before?

Simple TOA CAH SOH solution

Am I right, 小强? 小强???

By that time, 小强 was already somewhere else making a frantic phone call to ...

Hello, is this Miss Loi?

I heard there's gonna be some intensive tuition classes held at your Temple during this September holiday?

Miss Loi Are you referring to our Mid-Autumn Gathering - the one with the swaying lanterns?

2014 September Holiday Intensive Tuition revision classes

Yes! Can I join? Can I join???

I've always thought I'm smart but I think I've been too complacent. And now with the final exams coming, I suddenly find myself forgetting the most BASIC of things! Worse of all I just got embarrassed in trigonometry by my friend 小明!

Miss Loi Of course you can, provided you can solve this riddle ;)

Sometimes it seems like I'm born to nag
As I keep breathing down your neck

Sometimes you'll find me a real pain
But that's just part of my middle name

Sometimes I feel like "I'm playing piano to a cow"
On occasions when you do not listen
But I'll still continue somehow
In the hope that someday I'll make a difference

Your accomplishments shall always be a part of me
And so are your deepest despairs
Sometimes more so than you might care

So if you could "see" this lantern I'm holding to light up your way
What should you say on this very day?

After a brief period of silence, 小强 exclaimed,

Oh! I know I know! The answer is [+] (click to find out)

Happy Teachers Day!

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