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Christmas Further Maths Calculated Colouring 2020

Last of the calculated colourings for this year…. Here is one for Further Maths. There are less questions than in the maths version. Of course it is harder to ensure this is suitable for everyone but I hope it is suitable for the majority of Year 12s. It contains questions on complex numbers, matrices, transformations, […]

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Christmas Calculated Colouring 2020

After a very strange year it is is that time of year again….. This should be suitable for most Year 12students and includes questions on Coordinate Geometry, differentiation of polynomials, surds, indices, a small amount of trigonometry. The file is available to download here: http://ifem.co.uk/files/christmas_colouring_2020.pdf I hope your students enjoy it if you choose to […]

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Christmas Further Maths Calculated Colouring 2019

Slightly later than I had hoped due to feeling a bit under the weather here is my first Christmas Further Maths Calculated Colouring. It is designed to be suitable for as many Year 12s as possible and includes topics such as method of differences, matrices, complex numbers, conic sections etc. Please check it is suitable, […]

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Christmas Calculated Colouring 2019

It is that time of year again….. Here is this year’s A-Level calculated colouring – I hope your students enjoy it. The questions are of varying difficulty, some are very easy but some require a bit more thought. It should be accessible to Year 12 mathematicians. Please download the file here http://ifem.co.uk/files/A_level_calculated_colouring_2019_public.pdf There will also […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 12 – Perils of Real Life Situations

As this is an extremely late post for the last of the “12 Days of Christmas” series it is very brief. I received this card just after New Year from my aunt: I’ve seen this before but I still find it fairly funny and it is a useful reminder of the problems with trying to […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 11 – Further Maths Polynomials Cardsort

Over the last couple of years I have particularly enjoyed teaching and writing interesting questions that concern Vieta’s Formulae. These relate the sums of products of roots of polynomials to the coefficients of the polynomial. I have always liked these, and have a very vivid memory of a Russian lecturer in one of my first […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 10 – Thirdsday

Sometimes being late with posting has it’s advantages! Thursday 3rd January was deemed a day to celebrate the number 1/3. It was named Thirdsday by James Propp (@JimPropp) who has written a fascinating and very detailed post about why he thinks 1/3 deserves more recognition and some interesting facts about 1/3 here. Since this post […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 9 – Peppa Pig Maths

Watching an episode of Peppa Pig this morning (Season 3, Episode 11) I was quite excited to see the quadratic formula on a board at Daddy Pig’s work. I found it interesting that they wrote it with the notation. I always introduce this notation for the discriminant but have never actually used it in the […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 8 – Reflections on A-Level Exams 2018

As it is New Year’s Day and I am beginning to think about getting students ready for the next round of exams in May/June it seems a sensible time to share the brief reflections I wrote on the 2018 Series of AS and A-Level mary’s exams. They focus on the AQA papers as that is […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 7 – A Core Maths Questions

How could you estimate: The total number of lightbulbs on the Nottingham Market Square Christmas Tree (shown below); The ratio of red to green bulbs on this christmas tree?