Developing expertise in teaching chemistry: Maths skills (online)

Provider: Royal Society of Chemistry
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Description This course looks at core mathematical ideas that are required for a deep understanding of chemistry. It includes access to a range of activities and resources to support students' learning.
Duration 9 hours
Website

Royal Society of Chemistry's website

https://www.rsc.org/cpd/resource/RES00001503/maths-skills
Categories Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Sciences, Mathematics / Numeracy, Further education, 14-19, Management, Teaching staff, Online, Chemistry
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Our courses are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of key concepts in teaching chemistry. Each course can be completed at your own pace, giving you time to try out new strategies and activities in your classroom before progressing further. The course will allow you to learn about the key concepts in that area and access ideas and resources to enhance your classroom teaching.

Chemists need a good understanding of basic mathematical concepts including numerical calculations, algebraic functions and data handling skills in order to succeed in chemistry.
In this course you will learn about the core mathematical ideas that are required for a deep understanding of chemistry. You will have opportunities to practise the mathematical ideas, apply them to chemical contexts and explore some of the common mathematical misconceptions. There will also be opportunities to consider some of the problems that a lack of mathematical understanding can cause chemistry students.

After working through this course you will be able to:

  • become more confident in your own understanding of the maths used by chemists;
  • appreciate how the mathematical ideas develop and progress throughout secondary education;
  • develop an understanding of the difficulties faced by students when trying apply mathematical ideas to chemical problems;
  • become more confident and competent in teaching mathematical aspects of chemistry to secondary aged students; and
  • be equipped with a range activities and resources to support students in using maths in chemistry.
Evidence underpinning this approach

This topic was selected to introduce basic mathematical concepts including numerical calculations, algebraic functions and data handling skills that are needed in order to succeed in chemistry. The course provides opportunities to practise mathematical ideas, apply them to chemical contexts and explore some of the common mathematical misconceptions. By improving teacher confidence with the topic, student confidence should also improve.

How users/participants can evaluate success

Learning outcomes have been designed by highly qualified course authors, in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry, with the target audience in mind. The course content has been written to achieve the learning outcomes and there are opportunities for self-assessment included within the course.

Within the course there is a course development plan that can be used to stipulate aims and impact. It also includes space to reflect on these at the end of the course.

Follow-up activities and support

The course includes links to articles and resources to support lesson planning for teaching the topic, following the course.

Details


This online course allows participants to access the material remotely. This is particularly useful for teachers, as it means that they need less time away from the classroom, as there is no travel involved. There is also a cost reduction because of this, including travel and cover for teaching time. The participant can work through the material at their own pace and there is the functionality to dip in and out of the material.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.