Do you think that Physics A Level should have calculus?Watch this thread
Seems alright to me providing everyone choosing their A levels understands that Maths A level is also required to go into Physics and Engineering degrees.
The ones that are doing maths will spot where the calculus goes for themselves and the ones that aren't can still learn something useful and interesting.
The origins of calculus are lost in the depths of time but it is known that Isaac Newton developed calculus in a functional and usable form for physics calculations. Several A Level physics topics cannot be properly understood without the use of a bit of simple calculus. It's empowering.
perhaps students of english get something analagous if they're studying french or german (or latin) alongside and can see where similar words have common roots.
doesn't mean that the curriculum *should* be changed or that the ones not doing maths aren't getting anything worthwhile out of it.
I have thought about whether there should be a standardised further mathematics GCSE developed which includes topics for several A Level subjects, such as calculus. There are currently a few further and additional mathematics level 2 qualifications although the syllabus varies between them.
AS Level mathematics has been devalued because it can no longer be converted into an A Level by taking extra modules. This has opened up the door to the creation of a new GCSE.
The A-level changes of removing one sixth of the A-level maths modules by having four core modules and only two 'others' needs undoing too.
If you are going to be taking physics higher than A Level, such as going for a degree or masters, then most Universities will require maths anyway. Those that don't I imagine will teach the fundamentals to you.
And if you aren't going to take physics to a higher level then, well, why learn calculus? :P
Calculus is not officially on the A Level electronics course but my teacher at college ran through the basics for students who had never done it before because it could help understand certain topics including maximum power transfer and capacitors charging and discharging.