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Calculations With Standard Index Form

To calculate with numbers written in standard form students are taught how to apply the rules of indices to a ba...

Rules of Indices

Using the multiplication and division rules students learn how to evaluate expressions in index notation.  As le...

Rationalising Denominators

The start of the lesson reviews simplifying products and quotients involving surds since this is prerequisite kn...

Prime Factor Decomposition

Students learn how to break down a number using its prime factors and write the result using index notation.  As...

Indices with Negative Powers

Students learn how to calculate the reciprocal of a number and evaluate indices with negative powers.  As learni...

Highest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple

Using prime factors and Venn Diagrams students are able to calculate the highest common factor and lowest common...

Indices with Fractional Powers

Students use reciprocals to evaluate indices with fractional and decimal powers.  Using square and cube numbers ...

Adding and Subtracting Algebraic Fractions

The key idea with adding and subtracting algebraic fractions is to create common denominators.  As learning prog...

Adding Fractions with Different Denominators

To add and subtract fractions with different denominators students are taught to use equivalent fractions to fin...

Solving Quadratic Equations Graphically

There are several examples for the teacher to demonstrate solving quadratic equations graphically.  Students wil...

Plotting Exponential Graphs

In this mathematics lesson students learn how to plot exponential graphs on Cartesian axes.  As learning progres...

Deriving the Equation of Tangents

In this mathematics lesson students progress from drawing and finding the equation of a circle to calculating th...

Equation of Circles

In this mathematics lesson students learn how to apply Pythagoras' Theorem to plot and derive the equation of c...

Plotting Reciprocal Functions

Students learn about plotting reciprocal functions using a table of results and choosing suitable axes.  As lear...

Plotting Quadratic Functions

Students learn about plotting quadratic functions by completing a table of results and choosing a suitable scale...

Mr Mathematics Blog

Area of Compound Shapes

https://youtu.be/qbl0d8ofRwc To find the area of compound shapes students need to understand what the word compound means.  Therefore, I ask students to discuss in pairs a definition for the word compound and to extend it to include the shapes below.  As a result of their learning in science students agree that a compound can be […]

Priorities for the Spring Term

At the start of the Spring Term these are three main priorities for me as the Head of Mathematics.

Mutually Exclusive Outcomes and Events

I teach mutually exclusive outcomes directly after students have encountered Venn diagrams. This is the fifth Year 8 Probability lesson.