# Welcome to the Maths Department

## GCSE Maths at NUAST

### Year 10 — Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A (Linear)

The Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics A qualification encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. The qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

This course requires students to:

- develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability
- use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
- apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations

This course gives students the opportunity to develop the ability to:

- acquire and use problem-solving strategies
- select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
- reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
- interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Assessment by examination only:

- Two written papers (one Non-calculator and one Calculator) taken in the summer of Year 11,
- Each paper lasts 1 hour 45 minutes in total and contributes 50% of the qualification
- Grades A”-D available at Higher tier, Grades C-G available at Foundation tier
- 20-30% of the Higher tier papers assess the Functional elements of mathematics
- 30-40% of the Foundation tier papers assess the Functional elements of mathematics

Further information including the full specification and a Student and Parent Guide can be found at http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/maths/maths-a/Pages/default.aspx. Information on the changes to the study of GCSE Mathematics from September 2015 can be found at http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse15/maths-old/Pages/default.aspx.

### Year 12/13 - Edexcel AS Mathematics / Further Mathematics (A2 in Year 13)

Students study a variety of units, following pathways to their desired qualification. Students study three units per year per qualification. Each unit is assessed by a 1 ½ hour exam taken in the summer term.

Students may study units leading to the following awards:

- Advanced GCE in Mathematics
- Advanced GCE in Further Mathematics

Summary of Example Unit Content — Core /Year 12/13):

- C1 — Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration.
- C2 — Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration.
- C3 — Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.
- C4 — Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.
- FP1 (Further Mathematics only) - Series; complex numbers; numerical solution of equations; coordinate systems, matrix algebra, proof.
- FP2 (Further Mathematics only) — inequalities; series, first order differential equations; second order differential equations; further complex numbers, Maclaurin and Taylor series.
- FP3 (Further Mathematics only) — Further matrix algebra; vectors, hyperbolic functions; differentiation; integration, further coordinate systems.

Summary of Example Unit Content — Applied (Year 12/13):

- D1 — Algorithms; algorithms on graphs; the route inspection problem; critical path analysis; linear programming; matchings.
- M1 — Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.
- S1 — Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.

Further information including the full specification and changes to the study of A Level Mathematics from September 2016 can be found at http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/maths/Pages/default.aspx