Out of the three PCM subjects, Mathematics, in my opinion, is the only subject that allows you to be creative. You can be your own boss and play around with formulae and numbers. However, most of us dread memorizing maths formulae for IIT JEE and have difficulty in applying them. So, in this article, we try to tell you the importance of formulae and how to make it in this game of formulae.
As a bonus, we’ve created a free, downloadable list of all the important JEE math formulae you need to know.
What Is a Formula?
A formula is a mathematical expression that is used to describe a scientific phenomenon mathematically. They are derived from previously known facts after rigorous research, experimentation and brainstorming. It is simply amazing how a single formula works wonders and decodes the science of nature into concepts that we can understand and apply.
Why Should Formulae Be on Your Fingertips?
In an exam, formulae make problem-solving so much easier. Many complex questions can be solved in one go using the correct JEE math formula. Yes, it is good to work through the basics, but when the questions get complex, involve multiple concepts (which they usually do in an exam like JEE) and you are expected to solve them within a time limit, formulae are your saviour.
However, it is also a bad practice to be unfamiliar with the basics and the derivations. JEE is an exam that tests your ability to apply formulae accurately. In some questions, you are required to apply a modified version of the formula or a step of the derivation is used. So, it is also important to know where the formula is coming from.
How to Memorize Formulae?
We understand that memorizing maths formulae for IIT JEE can be a cumbersome task. But as explained above, it is an inevitable part of your curriculum. Here are a few tips that can help you sail through smoothly.
Write Them down in One Place
It is a good practice to write down all the maths formulae for IIT JEE chapter wise and topic wise in one place or in a separate notebook. This saves you the hassle of going through the book repeatedly to search for a particular formula. For revision, there could be nothing better than this. When you have all the formulae in one place, it becomes easier for your brain to access the information when required. Also, this helps you avoid confusion which you might have in two or more identical formulae.
We have included a downloadable resource for you below that has a compendium of all the important formulae for JEE Mathematics!
Practice as Much as You Can
Practising questions related to a formula embed it deep into your mind. When you are first given a formula, don’t just try to mug up. First, solve some questions related to it by referring to it. With each question, you’ll notice it becomes easier to remember and apply the formula. This is important as you cannot blindly apply formulae in the exam. You have to be thorough with the concepts and have to know what to apply, where, and how. Practising questions develop that skill of application, while at the same time making it easier for you to remember.
What we are trying to say is that maths formulae for IIT JEE are not that difficult to remember. On the contrary, they make our lives so much easier. You need not be nervous about them but just work through them smartly in order to make them work your way.
All the best!