A-level Further Mathematics for Year 13 - Course 1: Differential Equations, Further Integration, Curve Sketching, Complex Numbers, the Vector Product and Further Matrices
This course by Imperial College London is designed to help you develop the skills you need to succeed in your A-level further maths exams.
You will investigate key topic areas to gain a deeper understanding of the skills and techniques that you can apply throughout your A-level study. These skills include:
- Fluency selecting and applying correct methods to answer with speed and efficiency
- Confidence critically assessing mathematical methods and investigating ways to apply them
- Problem solving analysing the ‘unfamiliar’ and identifying which skills and techniques you require to answer questions
- Constructing mathematical argument using mathematical tools such as diagrams, graphs, the logical deduction, mathematical symbols, mathematical language, construct mathematical argument and present precisely to others
- Deep reasoning analysing and critiquing mathematical techniques, arguments, formulae and proofs to comprehend how they can be applied
Over eight modules, you will be introduced to
- Analytical and numerical methods for solving first-order differential equations
- The nth roots of unity, the nth roots of any complex number, geometrical applications of complex numbers.
- Coordinate systems and curve sketching.
- Improper integrals, integration using partial fractions and reduction formulae
- The area enclosed by a curve defined by parametric equations or polar equations, arc length and the surface area of revolution.
- Solving second-order differential equations
- The vector product and its applications
- Eigenvalues, eigenvectors, diagonalization and the Cayley-Hamilton Theorem.
Your initial skillset will be extended to give a clear understanding of how background knowledge underpins the A -level further mathematics course. You’ll also be encouraged to consider how what you know fits into the wider mathematical world.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
An understanding of the content of the course A-Level Further Mathematics for Year 12: Course 1 is required
Module 1: First Order Differential Equations
- Solving first order differential equations by inspection
- Solving first order differential equations using an integrating factor
- Finding general and particular solutions of first-order differential equations
- Euler’s method for finding the numerical solution of a differential equation
- Improved Euler methods for solving differential equations.
- The nth roots of unity and their geometrical representation
- The nth roots of a complex number and their geometrical representation
- Solving geometrical problems using complex numbers.
- Cartesian and parametric equations for the parabola and rectangular hyperbola, ellipse and hyperbola.
- Graphs of rational functions
- Graphs of , , for given
- The focus-directrix properties of the parabola, ellipse and hyperbola, including the eccentricity.
- Evaluate improper integrals where either the integrand is undefined at a value in the range of integration or the range of integration extends to infinity.
- Integrate using partial fractions including those with quadratic factors in the denominator
- Selecting the correct substitution to integrate by substitution.
- Deriving and using reduction formula
- Finding areas enclosed by curves that are defined parametrically
- Finding the area enclosed by a polar curve
- Using integration methods to calculate the arc length
- Using integration methods to calculate the surface area of revolution
- Solving differential equations of form y″ + ay′ + by = 0 where a and b are constants by using the auxiliary equation.
- Solving differential equations of form y ″+ a y ′+ b y = f(x) where a and b are constants by solving the homogeneous case and adding a particular integral to the complementary function
- The definition and properties of the vector product
- Using the vector product to calculate areas of triangles.
- The vector triple product.
- Using the vector triple product to calculate the volume of a tetrahedron and the volume of a parallelepiped
- The vector product form of the vector equation of a straight line
- Solving geometrical problems using the vector product
- Calculating eigenvalues and eigenvectors of 2 × 2 and 3 × 3 matrices.
- Reducing matrices to diagonal form.
- Using the Cayley-Hamilton Theorem
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Imperial College London, a partner institute of EdX.
2-4 hours per week
- Verified Track -$49
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- How to find the general or particular solution to a first-order differential equation by inspection or by using an integrating factor.
- How to find a numerical solution to a differential equation using the Euler method or an improved Euler method..
- How to find the nth roots of unity
- How to find the nth roots of a complex number in the form
- How to use complex roots of unity to solve geometrical problems.
- How to identify the features of parabolas, rectangular hyperbolae, ellipses and hyperbolae defined by Cartesian and parametric equations.
- How to identify features of graphs defined by rational functions.
- How to define a parabola, ellipse or hyperbola using focus-directrix properties and eccentricity.
- How to evaluate improper integrals.
- How to integrate using partial fractions
- How to derive and use reduction formulae
- How to find areas enclosed by curves that are defined parametrically.
- How to find the area enclosed by a polar curve.
- How to calculate arc length.
- How to calculate the surface area of revolution.
- How to find the auxiliary equation for a second order differential equation.
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