Solving problems using the practical application of mathematics

Students are required to apply mathematical skills to resolve engineering problems by:

• correctly determining the solution to engineering problems

• use standard mathematical symbols, layouts and annotation

• selecting appropriate information from resources (such as data tables and formulae) to be able to evaluate engineering solutions

• selecting and applying standard mathematical techniques and methods to address real-world engineering problems

• use methods of communicating mathematical information, including formulas, tables and graphs

• analyse mathematical data

In some cases the mathematical concepts are those found in the GCSE mathematics syllabus, but the application of these concepts in an engineering concepts requires skills beyond GCSE level. It is vital that students have the ability to apply the mathematics they know in unfamiliar and more challenging contexts. This will thoroughly test their mathematical understanding in preparation for tackling extension tasks at level 3 in other areas of the mathematics curriculum