Mechanics

There’s quite a bit of Mechanics in the revision pages, such as the FM series 1-4. They are a pain to develop as they usually need pictures. I also tend to lean on other suppliers and these pages are supposed to be my own work.... so this is lean in the other sense.


For those students who want more examples to work on, I recommend all of the MEI text books and the associated webpages. If you are not an MEI student, the course is designed to demonstrate applicable maths, so the examples are indeed based upon some semblance of real life, albeit simplified for the purposes of making a school-level question. I found that quite often we (the class) could have a sensible conversation about what an answer meant and how that might inform subsequent decisions (including further modelling).

Fot htos who are already MEI students, go look at any other board’s past papers. 

If you do the exploration of questions from other boards, remember that they may have slightly different syllabuses and so some questions may end up giving rather more challenge than you anticipate, simply becasue some required/expected skill is missing from your course but included in the other one. My general observation is that you either see no change, find questions alarmingly easy or (less often) simply impossible due to missong knowledge.

A further fund of questions is very old papers; these will undoubtedly be based on a different syllabus, so you run a few risks (ooh, panic, you might learn something off-syllabus!!) but I do not see any of this as being damaging. Too many students are trying to do the minimum work for the maximum gain of grade, confusing this with education and learning. Get off the soap-box, Scoins.

© David Scoins 2017