Formulae and Kinematics

Scheme of work: GCSE Foundation: Year 11: Term 1: Formulae and Kinematics

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • solve linear equations in one unknown algebraically (including those with the unknown on both sides of the equation
  • translate simple situations or procedures into algebraic expressions
  • deduce expressions to calculate the nth term of linear sequence

Success Criteria

  • Substitute numerical values into formulae and expressions, including scientific formulae
  • understand and use the concepts and vocabulary of expressions, equations, formulae, identities inequalities, terms and factors
  • understand and use standard mathematical formulae; rearrange formulae to change the subject
  • know the difference between an equation and an identity; argue mathematically to show algebraic expressions are equivalent, and use algebra to support and construct arguments

Key Concepts

  • When substituting known values into formulae it is important to follow the order of operations.
  • Students need a secure understanding of using the balance method when rearranging formulae. Recap inverse operations, e.g., a2=> a x a
  • When generating formulae it is important to associate mathematical operations and their algebraic notation with key words.

Common Misconceptions

  • Students often consider being incorrectly calculated as 2a3 as (2a)3. Recap the order of operations to avoid this.
  • Students often have difficult generating formulae from real life contexts. Encourage them to carefully break down the written descriptions to identify key words.

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