Mathematics A Level at Parkstone Grammar School
In Year 13 all students take two compulsory pure mathematics modules and these are complemented by a single applied module. The choice of the applied element depends on timetabling, although every effort will be made to accommodate a student’s preference in the event that one will prove particularly useful for their proposed university study. Teaching of the pure and the applied usually takes place concurrently.
Pure Mathematics-: These two modules complete a thorough grounding in more advanced algebra. In the first term, topics covered include: functions; exponentials and logarithms; trigonometric identities; and numerical methods. After Christmas attention turns to co-ordinate geometry of the (x,y) plane, the binomial series; and the use of vectors in three-dimensional space. A common thread running throughout the year is the development of increasingly sophisticated techniques of differentiation and integration. This calculus work underpins many of the applications encountered in statistics and mechanics.
Mechanics:- This module takes a close look at the physical world, analysing the laws of nature and exploring how mathematical modelling enables us to quantify their effects. Students first focus on the use of vectors; kinematics; and particle dynamics (including friction). There then follows a consideration of impulse and momentum; moments; and conditions of equilibrium.
Decision Maths:- This module offers a radical departure from the mathematics already studied at school. A relatively new branch of the subject, it analyses a selection of decision-making situations encountered in business and commerce. Students investigate sorting, flowcharts, networks and routing systems, critical path analysis and linear programming.
Statistics:- The Binomial distribution and Poisson distribution are introduced as well as further work on continuous distributions including the Normal distribution. Finally, the course includes an introduction to hypothesis testing.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Parkstone Grammar School directly.