Mathematics

Head of Department: Mrs L Bromfield

Examination Board:  Edexcel

One must learn by doing the thing; though you think you know it you have no certainty until you try.

Sophocles

Studying Mathematics helps you develop skills of analysis, logical argument, problem solving and communication and it is very enjoyable for its own sake.  Students learn by doing and develop a determination not to be beaten by a problem.

Course Outline

Pure Mathematics is a continuation of the GCSE topics of algebra, trigonometry, graphs, vectors and new topics such as calculus and complex numbers.

Mechanics applies mathematical ideas to practical problems involving force and motion.  Topics include kinematics, projectiles, energy, momentum and equilibrium. Mechanics is recommended for Physics students.

Statistics builds on GCSE knowledge of probability. Students encounter a variety of statistical distributions and learn how to interpret and test data. Statistics is recommended for Biology, Geography, Economics, Psychology and the Humanities.

Scheme of Assessment

AS

3 units examined by papers of 1 hour 30 mins

All candidates take C1 and C2 plus either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1

A2

6 units examined by papers of 1 hour 30 mins. 

All candidates take C1-4, the four Pure Mathematics modules.

The remaining 2 modules can be Mechanics or Statistics or a mixture.