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GCSE Maths Calculator Paper Topic Ideas - 22 May 2015 - Maths News

Mr Anderson, Mrs Birch and Mrs Farnfield have looked through both the Foundation and Higher Non-Calculator papers and identified the following topics that did not appear on these first papers. So if you are revising these topics would be useful to look at before the Calculator paper.
Some of the foundation topics may also appear on the higher paper.     Mr Styles
Foundation Topics not on First Paper
Loci            Pythagoras
Circles        Area of a triangle and trapezium
Volume       Mean from a table
Trial and Error
Fractions  (adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing and finding fractions of amounts)
Solving equations with x's on both sides
Pie Charts
Stem and Leaf Diagrams
Types of Number
Mean/median        Bearings
Higher Foundation Topics not on First Paper
Relative frequency
Construction and Loci
Plans and Elevations
Substituting into formulas
Trial and Improvement
Angles in polygons
Mean from frequency tables
3d coordinates
Cumulative frequency and box plots
Similarity and congruence
Sine, cosine rule 0.5absinC
Time series and moving averages
Arcs and sectors
Solving quadratics including the formula
Trig graphs
Transforming functions

2012 A celebration of Alan Turing - Maths News

Hello again from Maths News
This months Mathematician is Alan Turing on hand again is Mr Styles to answer the questions we have about him
So Mr Styles who was Alan Turing?
Mr Styles: Alan Turing's story is one of brilliance and sadness, he first came to prominence when he was part of the codebreaking team trying to decode the German Enigma machine, a piece of technology supposedly impossible to break.
The team he worked with was able to help save millions of lives, due to the breaking of the codes the Germans were sending using the Enigma machine.
Maths News: Fascinating
Mr Styles: But he is most famous for me as the person who invented the Maths needed to create computers.
Maths News: Maths in computers?
Mr Styles: Yes, the fundamentals of any computer, laptop, mobile phone, xbox is based around Mathemtical Programming. Alan created this maths and helped start the production of the first computers.
Maths News: And the sad part of the story?
Mr Styles: In one sense it is fitting that we talk about Alan when the school is now a Stonewall Champion. Alan was gay, and in 1952 he was convicted of homosexuality, so to avoid prison he accepted chemical castration, he died in 1954 of cyanide poisoning, thought to be suicide. 
At the moment there is a bill going through the House of Lords to pardon this conviction.
Maths News: Just like Hypatia, not a happy ending for our Mathematician of the month, it is good to know at least these days we are more accepting of gay people within society.

Hypatia Mathematician of the Month - Maths News

Mathematician of the week is the great female mathematician Hypatia, Maths News got an exclusive interview with Mr Styles to ask him about her life.
We asked him "What's so special about Hypatia?"
Mr Styles said  " Hypatia is probably the first great female mathematician. In a world where all we hear about are what men have done in the past it is great to see Maths News reminding everyone about the contributions of female mathematicians. Hypatia did extensive work on Hyperbolas and Parabolas and moved the field forwarded significantly"
Maths News " We heard her life ended tragically"
Mr Styles " Yes, unfortunately it did, Hypatia was not a christian and in a time of violence towards non-christians she was attacked and killed in quite a horrific way"
Maths News " If we wanted to find out more about Hypatia any thoughts what we could do?"
Mr Styles " There is a recent film about her life called 'Agora' starring Rachel Weiss, check it out"
Maths News "Thanks Mr. Styles"

Edge Hill - Mr Anderson

234 teams entered the competition from all 4 corners of the British Isles. 27 teams made it through to the Final. Brookfield counted for three of these teams.

The Trigonometry Trio comprised of Polly Large, James Turner and James Beddingham.

The Magic Numbers were Craig and Simon Hallam, Louis Parker-Evans and Tom Yeowart.

The Prime Suspects were Charlotte Edicker, Emily Ball, Beth Morgan-Jones, Emma Lilley and Vicky York.

We had a fun day out at Edge Hill University.(and stopped for chips on the way home!)


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