Year 12 & 13 Regular Problem Solving Classes

Newcastle upon Tyne

Overview

A series of maths problem-solving sessions designed to give students the confidence to apply for university courses that require or take into consideration achievement in an admissions test.

These regular classes offer students the opportunity to develop mathematical problem-solving skills through discussion and collaboration. They are designed to help students to develop strategies and confidence when tackling unfamiliar problems in maths and will help with preparations for taking advanced papers such as the MAT, TMUA and STEP examinations.

At the same time, the problems used in the course are fun and rewarding. Attending the sessions will greatly enrich students’ mathematical experience and help them to develop a better understanding of A level Mathematics.

Aims

  • To develop initial strategies when dealing with maths problems
  • To develop confidence when dealing with maths problems
  • To develop resilience when dealing with maths problems
  • To provide some initial information about the problem solving involved in university admissions tests
  • To provide a platform on which to build secure problem solving techniques

Who will benefit from attending?

The course is designed for any A level Mathematics students who have an enquiring mind and wish to develop their problem solving ability for their A level studies and beyond.

It is particularly useful for those students who wish to make the first steps in preparing for university admissions tests such as the MAT, TMUA and STEP examinations.

Content

The course covers a wide range of mathematical disciplines with problems. These can include

  • Algebra: the difference between two squares and other identities
  • Geometry: angles, triangle and circles
  • Number: digits and divisibility
  • Algebra: forming and solving equations
  • Combinatorics: systematic counting
  • Number: prime factorisation, fractions and irrationals
  • Algebra: sequences and series
  • Number: indices and logarithms
  • Algebra: quadratics, cubics and other polynomials
  • Geometry: trigonometry
  • Combinatorics: further systematic counting and placement
  • Geometry: coordinates and vectors
  • Calculus: curve sketching and differentiation
  • Calculus: integration
  • Combinatorics: the binomial expansion

Materials and Equipment

If the classes are being held online, you will need access to suitable equipment. You are advised to use a headset or headphones with an inline microphone to provide the best sound quality and to prevent audio issues for other users. A laptop with a built-in webcam and microphone may be sufficient if you’re in a quiet area but please take the time to check this before the session. BBB is designed to be used on a variety of platforms but you will get the best experience via a desktop or laptop computer, running either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as the browser.

Note: Internet Explorer and Edge are not suitable currently.

Access to GeoGebra or desmos will also be useful.

Other Information

The following problems provide a taste of the sort of problem solving that will be encountered in the classes:

Problem 1: How many primes greater than two can be found that are one less than a square number?

Problem 2: How many pairs of integers can you find that satisfy the equation \(x^2–y^2=45\)?

Study Schedule

This course covers two primary aims, and students will spend most of their time in one of two seperate groups:

  • General Mathematical Problem Solving (primarily year 12s) with Sarah Sharp.
  • MAT/TMUA Preparation (primarily year 13s) with Sam James.

Students can choose for themselves which group to join, however. The MAT/TMUA group would be ideal for any student working at that level, whether they are sitting one of these papers or not.

Course dates: 

  • 14-09-2022
      
  • 21-09-2022
      
  • 28-09-2022
      
  • 05-10-2022
      
  • 12-10-2022
      
  • 19-10-2022
      
  • 02-11-2022
      
  • 09-11-2022

Note that this is a total contact time of 16 hours out of what is a 20+ hour course. At least 4 hours' worth of additional work to be completed at home will be provided, making the total course duration 20+ hours.

Key Facts

Event ref:

#10177

Audience:

Students

Target year:

Year 12 & 13

Curriculum focus:

University admissions tests, A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving

Event format:

Student course

Event length:

20 hours

Region:

North East

Venue:

Newcastle University,
Herschel Building,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 7RU

Date:

Wed 14th Sep 2022

Course times:

16:00 - 18:00

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Queries?

If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Michael Gibson
[email protected]

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