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A Level Maths Exam Command Words
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What does the person in the question need to know? What would you tell them if you were able?
Describe the significant similarities or differences between.
Use appropriate information or premises to form (may be related to proof).
Like 'show' except that it specifically indicates that a previous result (or results) in the question is relevant.
Find the derivative of.
Draw neatly and accurately.
Perform a calculation leading to an approximate answer.
Multiply out using the distributive law or binomial theorem.
Written explanation is required. This can include (or be substantially) arithmetic, algebraic, diagrammatic or graphical work as appropriate.
Give an answer in the form described in the question.
Write the expression as a product of irreducible factors.
Obtain an answer.
Assuming the current trend continues, find.
Find the integral of.
Determine what the results mean in the context of the question.
Investigate/examine/test/carry out (a test)
Inquire into, for example by performing a hypothesis test that will lead to a conclusion relating to the context of the question. May be used in other contexts apart from statistics, for example 'examine the argument...'
Give working or reasons to support your answers.
Requires rigour. Formal use of the methods of mathematical argument is being assessed, eg 'Prove by contradiction that...', 'Prove by induction that...'. Sometimes will refer to a standard result for the specification.
Cancel down fractions (possibly algebraic), collect like terms and use standard simplifying results from within the specification (eg ln e = 1).
Does not need to be a completely accurate drawing, but should illustrate all the significant features of the graph/shape.
Find all values that satisfy the given equation or inequality.
Construct a logical argument that shows that the given information leads to the printed result.
Requires a demonstration that something is correct or incorrect in a given case.
A calculation or calculations are required.
Intermediate working out will not be expected and should not be necessary.
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