Core 1 Scheme Of Work Essay

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Core 1 Scheme of Work

Lesson (Guidance only)
Specification – What students need to learn:
1 Algebra & functions
1.1 The rules of indices
Laws of indices for all rational exponents. The equivalence of and should be known.
1.1 Algebraic Expression Ext Qs

1.2 Indices & Surds

Use and manipulation of surds.

1.3 Rationalising the denominator

Students should be able to rationalise denominators.
1.3 Surds & Indices Ext Qs

1.4 Factorising

Algebraic manipulation of polynomials, including expanding brackets and collecting like terms, factorisation. Students should be able to use brackets. Factorisation of polynomials of degree n, n ≤ 3, eg .The notation f(x) may be used. (Use of the factor theorem is not required.)

2 Quadratic Functions
2.1 Solving quadratic equations by factorisation
Solution of quadratic equations. Solution of quadratic equations by factorisation and completing the square.
CHE Lesson, Printouts
2.1 Quadratic Equations (Example)
2.1 Quadratic Equations Ext Qs Answers
Ext. Find all real numbers such that

2.2 The quadratic formula and its discriminant
… use of the formula and the discriminant of a quadratic function.
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GeoGebra Resource

2.3 Sketching quadratics and the discriminant
Quadratic functions and their graphs.
The discriminant of a quadratic function.
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Emphasise the teaching of the discriminant. You could use Qs 6 to 9 from:
C1 Solomon Worksheet Algebra G
C1 Solomon Worksheet Algebra G Solutions

3 Equations & inequalities
3.1 Solving linear simultaneous equations
Simultaneous equations: analytical solution by substitution.
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Extension questions involving simultaneous equations with three unknowns are on the 3.2 resource below

3.2 Solving non-linear simultaneous equations
For example, where one equation is linear and one equation is quadratic.
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3.2 Simultaneous Equations (Example)
3.2 Simultaneous Equations Ext Qs

3.3 Quadratics inequalities
Solution of linear and quadratic inequalities. For example, , ,.
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3.4 The discriminant
Edexcel frequently ask questions such as:

The equation x2 + kx + 8 = k has no real solutions for x.
(a) Show that k satisfies k2 + 4k – 32 < 0.
(b) Hence find the set of possible values of k.
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SMP Inequalities and the discriminant

Quadratic Inequalities and the discriminant worksheet Answers

Chapters 1 to 3 Algebra Homework
CHE HW Solutions

Chapters 1 to 3 Algebra Test, [Mark Scheme]
4 Sketching Curves
4.1 Sketching cubics
Graphs of functions; sketching curves defined by simple equations. Geometrical interpretation of algebraic solution of equations. Use of intersection points of graphs of functions to solve equations.

4.2 Reciprocal graphs
Functions to include simple cubic functions and the reciprocal function with .
Knowledge of the term asymptote is expected.

4.3 Transformation of graphs
Knowledge of the effect of simple transformations on the graph of y = f(x) as represented by y = af(x), y = f(x) + a, y = f(x + a), y = f(ax).
Students should be able to apply one of these transformations to any of the above functions (quadratics, cubics, reciprocal) and sketch the resulting graph.
Given the graph of any function y = f(x) students should be able to sketch the graph resulting from one of these transformations.
4.3 Limits & asymptotes (Example)

4.3 Limits & asymptotes Ext Qs

4.4 Review

5 Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
5.1 Finding the equation of a line given it’s gradient and a coordinate
Equation of a straight line, including the forms and .
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5.2 Finding the equation of a line given two coordinates
… the equation of a line through two given points
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5.3 Perpendicular gradients and review
…the equation of a line parallel (or perpendicular) to a given line through a given point. For example, the line perpendicular to the line through the point
(2, 3) has equation