Teaching Mechanics in the A Level Mathematics classroom



A comprehensive look at modelling and developing Mechanics teaching for the Mathematics A level course; offered as bite sized courses.


  • To provide teachers with an opportunity to develop key Mechanics concepts
  • To enable teachers to see how practical ideas and modelling can be used in the introduction and teaching of Mechanics
  • To give teachers the opportunity to use resources and work on problems in Mechanics

Who will benefit from attending?

This is a set of Mechanics courses which are ideal for all teachers who will be teaching the A level Mathematics course.

They are particularly suitable for teachers who are new to teaching Mechanics, or who would like some fresh ideas on the introduction and development of topics.


Course outline: 
Monday 15th October: Kinematics
Wednesday 7th November: Forces and equilibrium
Wednesday 21st November: Newton’s laws and connected particles
Wednesday 12th December: Projectiles and moments

Each course will look at how to model situations, give some practical approaches to teaching and develop concepts in Mechanics for A level Mathematics.

Other Information

Teachers are welcome to attend all courses, but may alternatively choose to attend those courses most appropriate. For example; just the “Projectiles and moments” course or alternatively any combination of two or three courses. Dr Ted Graham will be delivering these courses.

More information about each of the courses:


  • Motion in 1 and 2 dimensions
  • Kinematics graphs
  • Constant and variable acceleration


  • Identification and representation of forces
  • Application of vectors to forces

Newton’s laws and connected particles:

  • Applying Newton’s laws to a particle
  • Developing Newton’s laws to connected particles

Projectiles and moments:

  • Motion under gravity in two dimensions
  • Rigid bodies in equilibrium

Timetable for each course: (there will be flexibility in the timings during the course)
16:00 Registration and refreshments
16:15 Modelling and practical approaches
17:15 Refreshments
17:30 Resources, ideas, discussion
18:30 Plenary and feedback

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:


Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

3 hours


South West


Plymouth University,
Babbage Building,
Drake Circus,


12th December 2018

Course times:

16:00 - 19:00




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

[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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