January 28, 2011

Maths topics (phase 2): Mathematics for 14–19

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/wie/teaching/pgce/secondary/subjects/maths/topics/14to19/

The session began by discussing the techniques and concepts in A-Level mathematics. Concept-wise, differentiation, integration, exponentials, trigonometry, surds and complex numbers are the main concepts that are introduced.

We looked at a way of using a spreadsheet to introduce rates of change (and thus differentiation). It contains good ideas, and if nothing else provides an alternative way of introducing the topic.

Overall it was an interesting session and a reminder that encouraging understanding is important even (especially?) when teaching A-Level.


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