Corrections to Past Exam Solutions

Mathematics IA


  • Q3)a) Algebra: the value of c is -2. There is a transcription error where \(\frac{-1}{2}\) changed to \(\frac{1}{2}\). If you follow through the working with this correction, you should get c = -2.
  • Q3)a) Calulus: The final answer should be 3x^2 arcsin(x^3) not 3x^2 arcsin(3x^3).
  • Q4)b) Algebra: Firstly, the vertex at (0,6) is ignored. Secondly, g is not maximised at either (3,6) or (5,4), but at any point along the line from (3,6) to (5,4).
  • 5 b) (i) of Algebra: The dimension should be 3, not 2.
  • Q5) Calculus: there should be a constant of integration (typically written as +C) with each answer.


  • Q1)b) Calculus: there should be rounded parentheses () instead of square brackets [] for the domain.

Mathematics IB


  • Algebra 1 (b) (i): The normalizing vectors on the denominators of the Gran-Schimt process should not be v_1's.
  • 6 (b): We need to normalise the vector (3,4) first to get (3/5,4/5), which means the rate of change is 3/5.

Engineering Mathematics IIA

Practice Exam 1

  • Q1 a): The characteristic equation should have -2 not +2.

Practice Exam 2

  • Q1 e) i) & ii): Function should be with respect to t not x.

Practice Exam 3

  • Q3 : dw/dt was accidently mis-written as dx/dt (Start of page 16).

Practice Exam 4

  • Q5 (b) : The minus has been dropped when evaluating the integral at 0, the corret answer is -4pi/3.

Practice Exam 5

  • Q1 e) i) & ii): Function should be with respect to t not x.
  • Q2 e): The (-4B-C+D) should be (-4B-C+2D), this changes the solution to D=5/4.

Differential Equations


  • Q2 d): Due to the missing negative sign \(w=Ax\) should be \(w=A/x\).
  • Q4 b): The \(\frac{2}{\pi}\) factor for \(b_{n}\) (seen outside the integral expression on the left hand side of the page) was accidentaly omitted later in the question.

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