Maths for A level physics NY294 / B20

Start date
16 Jun 21
2 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


There is an increased mathematical demand in both the GCSE and A level physics specifications. This course is ideal for teachers of physics who want to improve their understanding of the mathematics, to successfully teach A level physics.

Explore teaching strategies for a wide range of mathematical topics in a physics context including: proportional reasoning, algebra, graphs, calculus, logarithms and exponentials.Learn the mathematics behind the physics in order to teach for understanding. 

Who is it for?

Teachers of physics who are currently teaching A level or aspire to teach A level physics in the future. 

What topics are covered?

This two-day course covers:
  • Proportional reasoning: dealing with proportionality in a physics context
  • Algebra: solving equations, rearranging equations
  • Graphs: drawing, reading information, finding gradients and interpreting
  • Calculus: differentiation and integration what do the results tell us?
  • Logarithms and exponential: what are they and how do we teach them?
  • The mathematics behind mechanics practicals: derivation of SUVART equations, exploring moments  

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be completed between sessions. 

How long is this course?

This is a two-day intensive residential course.


By the end of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Improve your knowledge of the mathematical topics required for  A level physics
  • Have a deeper understanding of the reasons why students have difficulty applying their mathematical skills in a physics context
  • Identify pedagogies to help address these issues 
  • Explore mathematics resources suitable for teaching  A level physics


Maths for physics teachers up to A Level - day 1 (to be attended face to face)16 June 202111:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Maths for physics teachers up to A Level - day 2 (to be attended face to face)17 June 202109:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


The National STEM Learning Centre will be following all government guidance and regulations to minimise risk of Covid-19 transmission, including the deep cleaning of our accommodation and teaching rooms and maintaining social distancing during course sessions and meal times.

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