What will be studied?
AS level mathematics consists of three modules. Two of these are Core modules and the third is in Statistics.
In module Core 1 we revisit many ideas already met at GCSE but they are extended further. For instance quadratic equations, simultaneous equations and inequalities are all covered again but in greater depth. The geometry of straight lines is taken further and a new approach to mathematical sequences is given. An important branch of mathematics called Calculus is introduced for the first time.
Module Core 2 is an extension of Core 1. GCSE trigonometry is reviewed and then extended further to include solving easy trigonometric equations. Radian measure is introduced. Geometry is now extended to circles. Exponential and logarithmic functions are introduced.
Statistics 1 is an applied mathematics module and some of it will be familiar from the work covered in GCSE mathematics. When you study statistics you will 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 pure 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.
The third module is Mechanics 1, another applied mathematics module. Mechanics deals with the action of forces on objects. It is therefore concerned with many everyday situations, e.g. the motion of cars, the flight of a cricket ball through the air, the stresses in bridges, the motion of the earth around the sun. Such problems have to be simplified or modelled to make them capable of solution using relatively simple mathematics. The study of one or more of the Mechanics units will enable you to use the mathematical techniques which you learn in the Core units to help you to produce solutions to these problems. Many of the ideas you will meet in the course form an almost essential introduction to such important modern fields of study such as cybernetics, robotics, bio-mechanics and sports science, as well as the more traditional areas of engineering and physics.
What assessment is there?
For more information please see Mr J. Thompson in the Maths Department.
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