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Week 15 - 21 October

Approximate Binomial With Normal

Monday Lesson:

Lesson Notes

Week 08 - 14 October

Introduction to Normal Distribution

Monday Lesson Objective:

To be able to use a Classwiz calculator to perform calculations associated with use of the Normal Distribution.

Lesson Notes


Tuesday Lesson Objective:

To be able to calculate parameters of Normal Distribution

Lesson Notes


Wednesday Lesson Objective:

To be able to:

  • Approximate the Binomial with the Normal
  • Apply a continuity correction

Lesson Notes

A-Level Maths Marking Guidance 2018

Here is the advice provided to Edexcel A-Level Maths markers for the June 2018 Pure Mathematics papers. You will find it useful when using official mark schemes to self-mark questions you do from past papers.

A-Level Maths Marking Guidance 2018

Classwiz Calculator - Normal Distribution

Three short video clips to teach you how to use the Normal Distribution functions on your calculator:

Normal Distribution 1 (1:18)

Normal Distribution 2 (1:51)

Normal Distribution 3 (1:37)

Week 01 - 07 October

Monday Lesson:

Working through Exercises 2D and 2E

Lesson Notes

Week 24 - 30 September

Conditional Probability

Monday Lesson Objective:

To be able to use set notation within Venn diagrams.

Exercise 2A

Lesson Notes


Tuesday Lesson Objective:

To be able to state the formulae for:

  • Independent events
  • Conditional probability

Lesson Notes


Wednesday Lesson

Two-Way Tables and Venn Diagrams

Lesson Notes


Algebraic Division

Lesson Objective:

To be able to divide polynomials by both linear and quadratic expressions.

Lesson Notes

Lesson Recap (4:23)

Transcript of Video


Algebraic Multiplication & Division (13 mins)

Video Lesson Notes

Partial Fractions

Lesson Objective:

To be able to decompose rational algebraic fractions into partial fractions.

Denominators of the rational fractions will be limited to having linear factors or repeated linear factors.

It may be necessary to factorise the denominator to obtain the required linear factors.

Lesson Recap 1 - Linear Factors (6:17)

Transcript of Video

Lesson Recap 2 - Repeated Linear Factors (6:03)

Transcript of Video

Algebraic Fractions

Lesson Objective:

To be able to manipulate and simplify algebraic fractions.

Lesson Recap 1 (4:33)

Transcript of Video

Lesson Recap 2 (2:56)

Transcript of Video

Year 13 Parents' Evening

Year 13 Parents' Evening will be held on Thursday 13 December 2018 from 4pm - 7pm.

Edexcel Grade Boundaries June 2018

The grade boundaries for the new Edexcel AS Maths and A-level Maths exams taken in May/June 2018 were as follows:


AS Maths (160)

A-Level Maths (300)2291841551269870


There is of course no guarantee that these will be a good guide to the grade boundaries for the 2019 exams.

A-Level Exam Dates Summer 2019

The dates for the 2019 A-Level Maths Exams are as follows:

Pure Mathematics 19MA0 01Wed 05 Jun 19AM
Pure Mathematics 29MA0 02Wed 12 Jun 19AM
Statistics & Mechanics9MA0 03Fri    14 Jun 19PM

Each exam lasts 2 hours and is marked out of 100.

The above dates are now final and will not be changed.

U61M Scheme of Work

U61M Homework

Probability Assessment Solutions

Past Exam Questions On Normal Distribution

For Monday 15 October, please complete Normal 2008-10 questions and self-mark using the mark schemes and my solutions.

Work For Mr Herring's Lessons

Further to my email last Friday, during lesson time for Mr Herring on Tuesday Period 2 please complete the Probability Mixed Exercise 2 on pages 34-36 of our Statistics & Mechanics Year 2 textbook. 

The answers are in the back of the book but here are my full solutions.

Homework will be to revise for the Probability Topic Test which you will complete during Mr Herring's lesson on Friday Period 4. 


Topic Test - Algebraic & Partial Fractions

Please complete the topic test handed out during the lesson and hand in next Monday 8 October.

This is a major piece of work that could take up to 90 minutes.

Here are the solutions.

Conditional Probability -Trees

Please finish off and self mark from back of textbook:

  • Exercise 2D Q2, Q4, Q6
  • Exercise 2E Q4, Q6, Q8

Venn Diagrams and Two Way Tables

For Monday please complete Exercise 2C Q8, 10, 12

Algebraic Fractions

Please complete these Algebraic Fractions questions and hand in on Wednesday. Where questions have multiple parts you should attempt only part (a).

Here are the solutions.

Set Notation in Venn Diagrams

Finish Exercise 2A Q 5-12.

Formal Proofs

The A-level syllabus states that there are two formal proofs you could possibly be required to reproduce in your exam:

The Number of Primes is Infinite (1:53):

Transcript of Video


The Square Root of 2 is Irrational (6:16):

Transcript of Video

Partial Fractions

Please complete Partial Fractions and hand in on Monday.

Here are the solutions.

Algebraic Fractions

Exercise 1B pages 6-7

Please complete Exercise 1B. Where there are multiple parts do only parts a and b.

Algebraic Multiplication & Division

In preparation for the lesson on Monday 10 September please:

Watch the 13 minute video lesson Algebraic Multiplication and Division.

Print off the lesson notes for your file.

Complete and self- mark the exercise from the solutions included.


Note that the video lessons will not play full screen on Chrome without a browser extension. They will on other browsers.

Becoming An Effective Learner

Professor Stephen Chew is a cognitive psychologist from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. In 2011, he recorded five short videos (each 5 - 9 minutes long) to help students become more effective learners. They contain a whole range of dos and don'ts together with practical suggestions you can adopt to improve your learning. Below are direct links to each video. As an alternative you can log on to Youtube and type in 'Stephen Chew'

How to get the most out of studying (Part 1)  (6:54)

How to get the most out of studying (Part 2)  (7:15)

How to get the most out of studying (Part 3)  (5:46)

How to get the most out of studying (Part 4)  (9:17)

How to get the most out of studying (Part 5)  (7:29)