This course may also be of use to A-level mathematics students at school or college who wish to undertake additional self-study in preparation for the examinations.
Each topic page is divided into a number of study activities. Further details are given alongside:
For the purpose of the current course, you are asked to download the large data set 'Quarterly provisional motor vehicle traffic by vehicle type and road class, Great Britain' from the UK Government web site. This is a spreadsheet in Open Document format which can be loaded into Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheets. The data set will be used during this course to demonstrate a number of the statistical methods introduced during the teaching sessions.
The objectives of the course are:
Links are given alongside to the AS-level and A-level mathematics syllabuses of different exam boards.
This course is based on the examination structure of WJEC, but the series of topics covered will be found in the syllabuses of each of the other exam boards.
If you are uncertain about the level of previous knowledge required, please view the sample GCSE examination papers by clicking the links opposite.
A number of excellent textbooks are available, covering the GCSE mathematics specifications offered by different examination boards.
|Week 1: Indices and surds|
|Week 2: Logarithms|
|Week 3: Polynomials|
|Week 4: Quadratic functions|
|Week 5: Equation of a straight line|
|Week 6: Gradient of the tangent to y = f(x) |
|Week 7: Differentiating xn|
|Week 8: Gradients, maxima and minima|
|Week 9: Fundamental Theorem of Calculus|
|Week 1: Statistics: sampling techniques|
|Week 2: Mechanics: measurement units|
|Week 3: Statistics: conclusions about populations|
|Week 4: Mechanics: velocity and acceleration|
|Week 5: Statistics: histograms and box plots|
|Week 6: Mechanics: graphs for motion in a straight line|
|Week 7: Statistics: scatter diagrams and regression |
|Week 8: Mechanics: constant acceleration in a straight line|
He has taught computer science and mathematics at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor in North Wales, and as a tutor for Open University computing and mathematics courses.
He is joint author of the book 'Developing Numeracy in Further Education'.