This Handbook is intended as a resource for teachers, to clarify the nature of the mathematical skills required for A level biology, and indicate how each skill is relevant to the biology subject content.
Contents include:
Arithmetic and numerical computation
 Recognise and make use of appropriate units in calculations
 Recognise and use expressions in decimal and standard form
 Use ratios, fractions and percentages
 Estimate Results
 Use calculators to find and use power, exponential and logarithm functions 16
Handling data
 Use an appropriate number of significant figures
 Find arithmetic means
 Construct and interpret frequency tables and diagrams, bar charts and histograms
 Understand simple probability
 Understand the principles of sampling as applied to scientific data
 Understand the terms mean, median and mode
 Use a scatter diagram to identify a correlation between two variables
 Make order of magnitude calculations
 Select and use a statistical test
 Understand measures of dispersion, including standard deviation and range
 Identify uncertainties in measurements and use simple techniques to determine uncertainty when data are combined
Algebra
 Understand and use the symbols: =, <, <<, >>, >, ∝, ∼ 37
 Change the subject of an equation
 Substitute numerical values into algebraic equations using appropriate units for physical quantities
 Solve algebraic equations
 Use logarithms in relation to quantities that range over several orders of magnitude
Graphs
 Translate information between graphical, numerical and algebraic forms
 Plot two variables from experimental or other data
 Understand that y = mx + c represents a linear relationship
 Determine the intercept of a graph
 Calculate rate of change from a graph showing a linear relationship
 Draw and use the slope of a tangent to a curve as a measure of rate of change
Geometry and trigonometry
 Calculate the circumferences, surface areas and volumes of regular shapes
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Mathematical skills  handbook 2.26 MB
Subject(s)  Science, Biology, Mathematics 

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