What will be studied?
In AS Further Mathematics three modules will be studied. One of them (FP1) builds on the mathematics covered in the AS Core modules. As well as continuing the work on coordinate geometry and calculus in introduces exciting new topics such as complex numbers and matrices.
The other two units are both applied Mathematics modules. One of them is a second Decision Mathematics module, which extends the work begun in the AS Mathematics course. The other is Statistics 1. Students will be familiar with some of the topics in this module from the work covered in GCSE mathematics. In studying statistics we learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. You will extend the range of probability problems that you looked at in GCSE using the new mathematical techniques learnt in the core mathematics units. Many of the ideas in this part of the course have applications in a wide range of other fields, from assessing what your car insurance is going to cost to how likely it is that the Earth will be hit by a comet in the next few years. Many of the techniques are used in sciences and social sciences. Even if you are not going on to study or work in these fields, in today’s society we are bombarded with information (or data) and the statistics units will give you useful tools for looking at this information critically and efficiently.
Module FP2 introduces differential equations (which are of great importance on University Science and Engineering courses).
In module FP3 the work on matrices and vectors is extended and hyperbolic functions are introduced for the first time – at last students find out what the ‘hyp’ key on the calculator is for!
In the Statistics 2 unit the problem solving power of Statistics is greatly increased by the study of Hypothesis Tests (Significance testing). This has applications even in such areas as medical research on new drugs.
What do I need to have to study the course?
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