Have you seen…?#7

These wonderful, and reassuring A level notes for students from Mathsbox?

Have you seen…?6 was about the Pure Mathematics notes:
From the excellent MathsBox site, brilliant timing for this wonderful free resource: Pure Mathematics A Level Notes. The notes have a very comprehensive set of clear and well-explained examples which I am sure will appeal to students.

We now have Statistics and Mechanics notes as well.

Free A LEVEL MATHS – Statistics and Mechanic Notes

Mathsbox has many free samples to try, one of the best value subscription sites around in my opinion.


Making Mathematics Stick

Following my presentation at the ATM-MA 2019 Conference, I have updated my Retrieval Practice page with many new resources. The complete (giant) set of slides is available, all links are provided separately on the Retrieval Practice page

Some highlights from the updates include:
Jonathan Hall’s wonderful NonExamples.com.

non examples Jonathan Hall

NonExamples.com – Jonathan Hall

All the excellent guides from Retrieval Practice.org
Retrieval Practice Guides
Retrieval Practice Library (guides to download)

..and the brilliant Interactive Comic from Nicky Case – How to Remember Anything Forever-ish.

Nicky Case Interactive Comic

Interactive Comic by Nicky Case

M Ladak Further Maths

MathedUp! – Mohammed Ladak

Talking of making things stick, we are of course into the final run-up to public exams. For Further Maths, we have a lovely addition to Further Mathematics teaching resources with Mohammed Ladak’s ‘MathedUp’, see his A Level Further Maths Takeaway, a wonderful source of exam questions by topic with mark schemes. AQA questions have been used here. Also available on MathedUp are A Level Maths and GCSE Takeaways.

Corbett Challenge QuestionsFor GCSE, a recent addition on Corbett Maths is these Challenge Papers 2019. Note too, John Corbett’s “A Bit of Everything” papers (Edexcel or AQA). Brilliant resources for final revision.


It’s Springtime…

Desmos Spring

Dandelions in the Breeze – with Desmos

We can celebrate Spring with Desmos.

Tulip - DesmosFor more flowers, perhaps a tulip, or we can, of course, turn to Polar Coordinates for some rose curves.

rose curve

With my Further Mathematicians recently, we were looking at Cardioids
a+bsinθ and a + bcosθ. When do you get a dimple? When do you get an inner loop?
The University of Georgia – Polar Equations Alex Szatkowski investigating a + bcosθ.

Polar Coordiantaes - Cardiods

Polar Equations – Alex Szatkowski

A little more exploring here I think! Through the above link, I chanced upon Jim Wilson’s resources for a Technology and Secondary School Mathematics course. The Polar Equations exploration is here.

It’s holiday time for schools – if you are still on the lookout for Easter resources, see Easter 2019. For some lovely problems, check the Easter Challenges from Perton School Maths Department.
Perton Egg Challenge 6


Easter 2019

It’s Easter time again, so time for an annual update – some Mathematical Easter treats!

Also a post for students – a puzzle from Mathisfun which is just an excuse to solve some simultaneous equations (and how to do it on Excel with the neat MINVERSE function!) The post also includes some notes and examples for students on simultaneous equations.

Chris Smith - Easter Relay

Easter Relay – Chris Smith

From Chris Smith, try his great Easter relay and note the whole set. I have used many of these very successfully – have fun whilst doing plenty of Maths!

On Teachit Maths, we have an Easter Chick with Easter Coordinate Pictures and Easter Bunny Race. With Easter Bunny Race, watch a race between the Easter bunnies and determine their speed. I like the questions to check understanding, including some harder questions – watch those units!

Teachit Maths, a (very good value) subscription site offers its entire collection of activities as pdfs free. I have found many high-quality resources here for all ages, including older students (KS5, 16-18).

Easter Bunny Race

Teachit Maths – Easter Bunny Race

Look out for Easter Challenges from Perton School Maths Department.
Perton Maths Easter

…and here is the first challenge:
Perton Maths Challenge 1

Google - easter

WolframAlpha, of course, can show you some graphs of Easter eggs!

Darth Vader curve
Darth Vader on WolframAlpha – select image

I have noticed whilst using WolframAlpha random suggestions of queries popping up that somebody out there thought I might enjoy (very worrying how right they are!); this popped up – typing, for example, Darth Vader curve into WolframAlpha gives you just that! And my favourite Dilbert and associates are all there too!

On the subject of Easter eggs, I must return to this definition. An updated edition of…
WolframAlpha – a little fun! 

Easter Egg AutographFrom an Easter post some time ago, Douglas Butler created this Easter Egg in Autograph, just enter:
x²/4 + y²/4 + 5z²/36 = 1
and: r = z + 3.5
Autograph Easter Egg

An Easter present for your students – why not give your students a calendar from Just Maths, so they can do a little bit of Maths each day…?
Calendar Just Maths
Or try these highly rated TES Easter resources, including some countdown to GCSE Maths calendars.

Happy Easter to educators and their students everywhere!