A series of resources from Defence Dynamics in which the teaching and learning of mathematics is put into a military context. Students' activity sheets show how important mathematical concepts are used in real-life situations by the armed forces. The resources are:

Bearings- students plan routes for aircraft facing various crises, calculating distances, speeds and direction.

Constructions- students calculate potential pathways for missiles which are used for military defence and purposes of deterrence.

Graphical Interpretation- using meteorological evidence, students learn how graphical interpretation can be used to predict weather patterns.

Reasoning and Proof- students create and interpret graphs using the rescue of a submarine as the context.

Sampling, Data and Bias - students interpret and evaluate the findings of surveys into attitudes to the armed forces.

Strategies - students consider the importance of approximating and checking strategies using mental calculations and calculators;. Triginomic Ratios- using problem solving and trigonometry to help the armed forces in rescue missions.

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Bearings

Using this resource, from Defence Dynamics, students work as the Operations Team for a Royal Air Force (RAF) squadron on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA).

Presented with a series of imaginary scenarios, students have to review and plan routes for a number of aircraft facing different crises.

The lesson aims...

Constructions

This resource from Defence Dynamics looks at the military’s historical (and current) use of constructions and mathematical accuracy in warfare and peacetime defence. Students are asked to draw constructions to represent how the military target hostile forces, stressing the importance of accuracy in calculations...

Graphical Interpretation

This resource from Defence Dynamics outlines the role played by the Meteorological Office (Met Office), an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence, in providing international weather forecasts and severe weather warnings. Using Met Office data and a case study of Hurricane Katrina, students learn how graphical...

Reasoning and Proof

This resource from Defence Dynamics asks students to create and interpret a variety of graphs. The types of graph covered are time series, moving average, stem and leaf, cumulative frequency and scattergraphs.

Students then use the 2005 rescue of a Russian Priz submarine as a memorable context for learning....

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