Introduction to A level Mechanics

Provider: Mathematics in Education & Industry (MEI)
£200.00 (no VAT on this item)

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Description This course will provide participants with an overview of the topics that come up in the M1 modules across all specifications (AQA, Edexcel, OCR and OCR(MEI)) along with a range of effective teaching and learning resources. Participants receive 12 months' access to the MEI Integral online resources for Mechanics and ongoing email support from the presenter. No previous knowledge of M1 is expected. MEI has been awarded the NCETM CPD Standard.
Duration One day followed by four evening sessions in an online classroom so that all topics from the various M1 modules are covered

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

This one day course is suitable for teachers who have little or no experience of teaching Mechanics and is designed with the following aims in mind:

  • To introduce motion-time graphs and make links with the questions used for modelling constant acceleration
  • To introduce Newton's Laws of motion and provide examples for applying these laws
  • To provide a basis of understanding for teachers to build on
  • To strengthen teachers' understanding of some of the common topics in Mechanics 1 modules
  • To begin to explore how ICT and simple practical work can be used to illustrate concepts and improve students' understanding
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Timings: 10:00-16:00

On the day:

  • Motion-time graphs
  • Modelling constant acceleration
  • Forces and vectors: Introduction to Newton’s laws
  • Newton’s laws: Problem solving

Follow-up online sessions:

  • Projectiles (MEI and AQA)
  • General motion (MEI and OCR)
  • Impulse (Edexcel) & Momentum (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
  • Moments and equilibrium of rigid bodies (Edexcel)

Presenter: Sharon Tripconey and Simon Clay

Sharon Tripconey is an Area Coordinator for the Further Mathematics Support Programme and Assistant Leader for FMSP professional development. She is based at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University.

After graduating in mathematics at Exeter University, she qualified as a teacher and started her career teaching maths in secondary comprehensive schools. Her career has included periods as a Head of Mathematics and as an Advisory Consultant.

Sharon has a particular interest in the teaching and learning of Mechanics at A level. She has written and delivered online course materials to support teachers' professional development in Mechanics.

Simon Clay is a TAM Deputy Co-ordinator for MEI.

After gaining a BSc in Mathematics, Simon completed his PGCE in Secondary Mathematics in 2000. Simon taught Mathematics for 7 years in an 11-18 school. He then worked as Head of Mathematics in a Sixth Form College for 5 years before joining MEI in 2012.

Course costs and booking

The cost of a one-day course is £200. This includes the one-day course, one year's access to web resources and a series of four optional on-line lessons. The course fee is exempt from VAT.

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