Further Pure Mathematics with Technology (FPT) is an exciting and innovative new A level unit that requires students to have access to technology for the teaching, learning and assessment.
FPT, approved by Ofqual and first examined in June 2013, is an optional A2 Further Mathematics unit that can be studied alongside (or after) Further Pure 2 that has been developed with the full support of OCR and Texas Instruments. This module builds on and extends students' knowledge of Pure Mathematics through using technology to perform mathematical processes quickly and accurately. They will observe the effect of changing parameters displayed in different representations, which is useful for aiding generalisation. Students will engage in investigative approaches to problem solving.
Candidates are expected to know the content of C1, C2, C3, C4, FP1 and the Complex Numbers, Polar Curves, Power Series and Hyperbolic Functions Sections of FP2. Included in this module are Investigations of Curves, including curves expressed as cartesian equations, parametric equations and polar curves (moved from FP2), Functions of Complex Variables, in which students will be expected to use the complex number capabilities of CAS (Computer Algebra Systems), and Number Theory, where candidates may be expected to write their own programs to provide solutions as well as understanding a program and suggesting limitations and refinements to it.
Students are expected to have access to software for the teaching, learning and assessment that features a graph-plotter, spreadsheet, CAS and programming language. The expectation is that students will be using TI-Nspire software and free Integral teaching resources are being developed to support this.
FPT is assessed by a timed written paper that assumes that students have access to the technology. For the examination each student will need access to a computer with the software installed and no communication ability. A graphical calculator is allowed in the examination.
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Tom Button, MEI's Learning Technologies Specialist, talks to Craig Barton, TES adviser for secondary maths, about the success of, and the future for, the Further Pure Mathematics with Technology project.
Lee, S & Button, T (2013)
Moving with the Times - A New A level Further Mathematics Unit: Further Pure Mathematics with Technology (FPT)
MSOR Connections, Higher Education Academy.
Button, T & Lee, S (2013)
Further pure mathematics with technology: A post-16 unit of study that uses technology in the teaching, learning and assessment.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Teaching, Bari, Italy, July 2013.
An article on the development of Further Pure with Technology was published in issue 235 of the ATM magazine, Mathematics Teaching.
Further pure mathematics with technology: Developing a new A-Level mathematics unit that uses technology in the teaching, the learning, and the assessment - Tom Button
For more information please contact MEI's ICT Specialist.