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STEP Support Programme

STEP 2 Mechanics


This module introduces you to STEP 2 questions which involve Mechanics.

This STEP 2 module consists of 7 STEP questions, some topic notes and useful formulae, a "hints" sheet and a "solutions" booklet.

STEP questions are challenging, so don't worry if you get stuck. These STEP 2 modules assume that you have already begun to develop your problem-solving skills and approach to STEP questions by working on the Foundation modules.

About this assignment

This assignment offers a selection of four questions on aspects of the STEP 2 Mechanics specification, together with some guidelines on what you need to know in order to solve them. Unlike Pure questions, you are required to do some modelling which involves drawing clear diagrams and stating your assumptions clearly, before getting stuck in to some algebra.

Two of these questions are old STEP I questions from before the 2019 specification changes.

Assignment PDF: 

Useful Links

Underground Mathematics: Selected worked STEP questions

STEP Question database

University of Cambridge Mathematics Faculty: What do we look for?

University of Cambridge Mathematics Faculty: Information about STEP

University of Cambridge Admissions Office: Undergraduate course information for Mathematics

Stephen Siklos' "Advanced Problems in Mathematics" book (external link)

MEI: Worked solutions to STEP questions (external link)

OCR: Exam board information about STEP (external link)

AMSP (Advanced Maths Support programme): Support for University Admission Tests (external link)