In year 13 all students are entered for:
• A2 Mathematics
• A2 Further Mathematics
We will use the OCR B (MEI) A-Level Specifications
There are several strands to the mathematics curriculum. Largely speaking, the content is divided into four main areas: Core, Statistics, Mechanics and Decision.
In Core Mathematics you answer many intriguing questions. How can you solve the equation x² = -4? Why can’t you solve x² + 5y² = 10003 if x and y are integers? How does your calculator know that sin45° = 0.707… ? Which is larger, √7π or π√7 ?
In Mechanics you study motion and change: why do you fall backwards when the bus lurches forward? How do you kick a football over the goalkeeper and into the net? Why can you predict solar eclipses next century but not the weather next Tuesday?
In Statistics you learn how to make justifiable inferences despite the ineradicable presence of uncertainty. How likely is it that the number 785994771137 is a prime number (and why might the CIA want to know?) How do farmers set next year’s wheat prices? What’s the best way of choosing your spouse?
In Decision Mathematics you examine how many of the world’s modern problems are solved by computational algorithms. What’s the most efficient way to multiply two huge numbers? What is so hard about the travelling salesman problem?
Throughout mathematics lessons, your teachers will encourage you to put forward your own ideas, and will help you to build them, either independently or collaboratively, into powerful and general methods. There will be specific lessons dedicated to improving your ability to solve difficult, abstract problems, and developing your ability to explain your ideas confidently and coherently, both verbally and on paper.