Practical problem solving in the mechanics classroom

Ottery St Mary


This course aims to provide simple practical and problem solving ideas that can be used with students studying mechanics at A level, as well as a range of concept questions for promoting discussion and testing student understanding. All the ideas used will be ones that teachers can take away and replicate with a minimum of equipment and resources. All delegates will be encouraged to carry out a range of activities.


  • Gain a number of ideas that can be used in the A level mechanics classroom for introducing concepts using practical or problem solving approaches.
  • Network and share ideas with fellow teachers of A level mechanics.
  • Increase delegates' awareness of interesting and engaging methods for deepening students' conceptual understanding of the subject.

Who will benefit from attending?

Any current or prospective teacher of A (or AS) level mechanics.


The day will comprise of the following four sessions:

Session 1: Introducing mechanics

Session 2: Friction, forces & statics, Applying Newton’s second law and connected particles.

Session 3: Moments

Session 4: Projectiles

Materials and Equipment

No specific equipment is required for the day.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Mechanics, Problem solving

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

5.5 hours


South West


The Kings School,
Cadhay Ln,
Ottery Saint Mary,
EX11 1RA


Mon 16th Mar 2020

Course times:

10:00 - 15:30


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

Tom Rainbow
[email protected]
07366 146750

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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