Maths for A level physics NY294

Physics teachers: improve your understanding of mathematics to successfully teach physics.


Summary

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. 

Outcomes

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

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