Calculators

Use of Calculators in the current (modular) A level

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Advice on using calculators in MEI statistics modules
Advice on using calculators in MEI Core, Mechanics and Decision modules

Calculators in the new A levels for Mathematics (from 2017)

Ofqual's subject-level conditions and requirements for Mathematics and Further Mathematics state that calculators used must include the following features:

  • an iterative function
  • the ability to compute summary statistics and access probabilities from standard statistical distributions
  • the ability to perform calculations with matrices up to at least order 3 x 3 (FM only)

For the 2017 A levels students will require a calculator that can calculate Binomial and Normal probabilities directly from values. The minimum standard for this is an advanced scientific calculator, such as the Casio 991EX ClassWiz or the TI-30X Pro; however, graphical calculators have this facility along with the additional advantage of being able to plot the graphs of functions. Graphing tools should be permeating the study of A level and integrating graphical calculators into the teaching and learning is a very effective way of achieving this.

We have produce Detailed advice for integrating Casio graphical calculators into the study of the new A level:
Using Casio graphical calculators in A level

Advice for integrating HP and Texas Instruments graphical calculators into A level can be found below.

Using Graphical Calculators

Casio CG-20
Casio fx-9750 and fx-9860
HP 39/40
TI-Nspire

Casio CG-20

Advice and guidance is available at PDF and video tutorials.

Classroom tasks for using the CG20 for AS Core, A2 Core and Further Pure are available at: CG20 Classroom tasks.

Introduction to programming for Number Theory on the Casio CG20

Casio fx-9750 and fx-9860

A variety of tasks is available for using Casio Calculators at:www.successinmaths.com.

A guidance document on using the fx-9750 for A level Mathematics is available: Using the 9750.
This document is also suitable for use with the fx-9860.

MEI tasks for using Casio Calculators are available for:

HP 39/40

AS Maths

Tasks (pdf)

 

TI-Nspire

Coordinate Geometry (AS)

Tasks (pdf)

Example files (zip)

Differentiation/Integration (AS)

Tasks (pdf)

Example files (zip)

Sequences/series and Trigonometry (AS)

Tasks (pdf)

Example files (zip)

e, ln and functions (A2)

Tasks (pdf)

Example files (zip)


Connective constructions: Constructions for AS Core Maths that test students' understanding of connections between representations and reinforce generalisation.

A variety of tasks to support the use of TI-Nspire are available at Texas Instruments' website Nspiring Learning.



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