Subject Intent: Why Further Mathematics?
Students who want to continue with Maths or Computer Science at degree level will benefit from studying Further Maths as it is a requirement for some Higher Education providers. Students will see the links between different areas of mathematics and apply their mathematical skills across all areas. Students will learn how to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning. Students are taught to read and comprehend mathematical arguments, including justifications of methods and formulae, and students will gain confidence to communicate their understanding. Students will use their mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems, which require them to decide on the solution strategy. All of these skills are highly desirable in the work place and in further education.
What will I study?
- Complex numbers
- Polar coordinates
- Algebra and functions
- Hyperbolic functions
- Work, energy and power
- Circular motion
- Momentum and collisions
- Random variables
- Chi-squared tests
- Hypothesis testing
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What are lessons like in this subject?
Just as in maths, further maths lessons always begin with retrieval practice – a quiz, skills check, or past exam question. Then new concepts are introduced using teacher examples, enhanced with interactive graphing software and other exploratory activities. The emphasis is on building a strong conceptual understanding in order to develop problemsolving ability.
Time in lessons is devoted to doing as much mathematics as possible – individually, working in small groups, or in whole-class discussion, with students being invited to contribute their solution strategies or lead examples on the board.
The use of a graphical calculator is essential for further mathematics and so this is explicitly taught in lessons. Further mathematicians often lead our entries to the UKMT individual and team challenges, and support is provided for those wishing to apply to top-tier universities through mock interviews and assistance with preparing for the STEP, MAT, and TMUA papers.
An extremely challenging but equally rewarding course, taught by passionate and caring teachers who have supported me all the way. This course has massively improved my problem solving ability and critical thinking, vital skills required in any future endeavours.
Ben Falkingham, The Hayfield School