Maths of Physics

How do we use maths in physics to represent the real world?

In term 5 of 2017/18, the C21 expedition was called the Maths of Physics.

The learning targets were :

  • I can change the manipulate formulae.
  • I can solve different types of equations using a range of methods.
  • I can use graphs in different situations.
  • I can recognise identities, expressions and functions
  • I can explain energy transfers using calculations under the principle of energy conservation.
  • I can compare non-renewable and renewable energy resources.
  • I can investigate the specific heat capacity of a material.
  • I can calculate different forces
  • I can represent moving objects with a distance – time graph and speed – time graph

The expedition started off looking at energy stores and methods of transfer. Students applied their knowledge of this to sankey diagrams and efficiency calculations. The students then built on their knowledge of conservation of energy by working on kinetic energy and gravitational potential energy equations. Students worked in groups to compare the advantages and disadvantages of non-renewable and renewable energy resources. Students complemented the knowledge in the expedition by looking at an investigation into specific heat capacity, one of the AQA specification required practicals. Finally, students combined maths skills with physics by unpacking distance-time graphs and velocity-time graphs and the associated calculations.

This knowledge and understanding culminated in a ‘revision style’ product. The product was important for guiding students towards GCSE and had an authentic audience.

All resources relating to this expedition can be found below:

Expedition Posts

Final Product – Revision Question on Website