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Exam Level
Revision notes for mathematics are currently spread across 5 different exam levels or types:
Key Stage 3
Mathematics at KS3 can be split into four broad topics and further subdivided into smaller areas:
Data handling and probability
 Handling data: Specify, plan, collect and represent data
 Handling data: processing, interpreting and discussing data
 Probability
Numbers and calculations
 Written methods
 Fractions, decimals and percentages
 Property of numbers
 Ratio and proportion
 Measures
Algebra
 Sequences and functions
 Equations and formulae
 Functions and graphs
Shape, space and measure
 2D and 3D shapes
 Transformations
 Angles and lines
 Coordinates and geometrical reasoning
 Constructions an loci
GCSE
Mathematics at GCSE can be split into 4 main topic areas:
Number
Algebra
Shape, space, measure
Data and probability
A Level
Mathematics at A Level is based around the 4 main areas of core mathematics (or 'pure maths'), statistics, mechanics and decision (also known as discrete) mathematics. A Level courses are split into numerous modules and our revision notes are split up approximately in to the modules the topics appear in. Please note there are some slight differences between exam boards as to which topic falls into which module.
Core 1
Algebra and Functions
 Indices (Edexcel, OCR)
 Surds (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Simplifying expressions containing surds (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Quadratic functions (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Graphs of quadratic functions (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Completing the square (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Quadratic equations (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Solution by factorisation (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Solution by completing the square (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Solution by general formula (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 The discriminant (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Simultaneous equations (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Analytical solution (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Graphical solution (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 inequalities (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Solution of linear inequalities (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Solution of quadratic inequalities (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Polynomials (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Expanding brackets (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Simplifying (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Algebraic long division (AQA)
 Factor theorem (AQA)
 Remainder theorem (AQA)
 Graphs (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
Coordinate Geometry
 Straight lines (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Midpoints of lines (OCR)
 Gradients (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 General equation (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Finding a line's equation (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Perpendicular lines (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Parallel lines (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Circles (OCR, AQA)
 Drawing circles (OCR, AQA)
 Geometric properties (OCR, AQA)
 Tangents and normals to circles (AQA, maybe OCR)
 Cartesian equation (Pythagorean form) (OCR, AQA)
 Cartesian equation (Expanded form) (OCR)
Sequences and Series
 Sequences and sequence notation (Edexcel)
 Recurrence relations (Edexcel)
 Series and sigma notation (Edexcel)
 Arithmetic series (Edexcel)
 Sum of an arithmetic series (Edexcel)
Differentiation
 Gradients of curves (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Differentiation and the derivative (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Tangents and normals to curves (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Rates of change (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Derivatives of polynomials with positive integer exponents only (AQA)
 Derivatives of polynomials (Edexcel, OCR)
 Higher order derivatives (OCR, AQA)
 Stationary points (OCR, AQA)
Integration
 Indefinite integration (Edexcel, AQA)
 Finding constants of integration (Edexcel, AQA)
 Integrating polynomials with positive integer exponents only (AQA)
 Integrating polynomials (Edexcel)
 Definite integration (AQA)
 Areas under curves (AQA)
Core 2
Algebra and Functions
 Indices (AQA)
 Polynomial Division (Edexcel, OCR)
 Algebraic long division (Edexcel, OCR)
 Factor theorem (Edexcel, OCR)
 Remainder theorem (Edexcel, OCR)
 Graphs (Edexcel, OCR, AQA)
 Graph transformations (AQA)
 General graph sketching with calculus (Edexcel, presumably OCR and AQA)
Coordinate Geometry
 Circles (Edexcel)
 Drawing circles (Edexcel)
 Geometric properties (Edexcel)
 Tangents and normals to circles (Edexcel)
 Cartesian equation (Pythagorean form) (Edexcel)
Sequences and Series
 Sequences and sequence notation (AQA, OCR)
 Recurrence relations (AQA, OCR)
 Series and sigma notation (AQA, OCR)
 Limits and convergence (Edexcel, AQA, OCR)
 Arithmetic series (AQA, OCR)
 Sum of an arithmetic series (AQA, OCR)
 Geometric series (Edexcel, AQA, OCR)
 Sum of a convergent geometric series (Edexcel, AQA, OCR)
 Binomial expansions (Edexcel, AQA, OCR)
Differentiation
 Derivatives of polynomials (AQA)
 Higher order derivatives (Edexcel)
 Stationary points (Edexcel)
Integration
 Indefinite integration (OCR)
 Finding constants of integration (OCR)
 Integrating polynomials (OCR, AQA)
 Definite integration (OCR, Edexcel)
 Areas under curves (OCR, Edexcel)
 The trapezium rule (OCR, Edexcel, AQA)
Exponentials and Logarithms
 Exponential functions (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Graphs of exponential functions (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Logarithms (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Graphs of logarithms (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Solution of (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
Trigonometry
 Sine, cosine and tangent (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Exact values (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Graphs of sine, cosine and tangent (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Sine rule (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Cosine rule (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Area of a triangle (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Simple identities (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Radians (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Arc lengths (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Sector areas (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
 Trigonometric equations (AQA, OCR, Edexcel)
Core 3
Algebra and Functions
 Simplification of rational expressions (Edexcel)
 Functions (Edexcel)
 Domains and ranges (Edexcel)
 Function composition (Edexcel)
 Inverse functions and their graphs (Edexcel)
 The modulus function (Edexcel)
 Graphs involving the modulus function (Edexcel)
Trigonometry
 Secant, cosecant and cotangent (Edexcel)
 Graphs of secant, cosecant and cotangent (Edexcel)
 Arcsin, arccos and arctan (Edexcel)
 Graphs of arcsin, arccos and arctan (Edexcel)
 Basic identities involving secant, cosecant and cotangent (Edexcel)
 Double angle formulae (Edexcel)
 Addition formulae (Edexcel)
 Simplifying (Edexcel)
Exponentials and Logarithms
 Euler's number (Edexcel)
 The natural logarithm (Edexcel)
Differentiation
 Derivative of (Edexcel)
 Derivative of the natural logarithm (Edexcel)
 Derivative of sine (Edexcel)
 Derivative of cosine (Edexcel)
 Derivative of tangent (Edexcel)
 Product rule (Edexcel)
 Quotient rule (Edexcel)
 Chain rule (Edexcel)
Numerical Methods
 Solving equations numerically (Edexcel)
 Considering changes of sign (Edexcel)
 Using given iterative procedures (Edexcel)
Proof
 Disproof by counterexample (Edexcel)
 Proof by deduction (Edexcel)
 Proof by contradiction (Edexcel)
Core 4
Algebra and Functions
 "Rational functions" (which could mean anything) (Edexcel)
 Partial fractions (Edexcel)
Coordinate Geometry
 Parametric equations (Edexcel)
 Converting from cartesian to parametric form (Edexcel)
 Converting from parametric to cartesian form (Edexcel)
 Areas under curves given by parametric equations (Edexcel)
Sequences and Series
Differentiation
 Implicit differentiation (Edexcel)
 Differentiating parametric curves (Edexcel)
 Differentiating (Edexcel)
 Formation of differential equations (Edexcel)
Integration
 Integration of exponential functions (Edexcel)
 Integration of trigonometric functions (Edexcel)
 Integration by substitution (Edexcel)
 Integration by parts (Edexcel)
 Integration using partial fractions (Edexcel)
 General procedure for evaluating unfamiliar integrals (Edexcel)
 Volumes of revolution (Edexcel)
Differential Equations
 Separating variables (Edexcel)
Vectors
 Definition of a vector (Edexcel)
 Vector addition (Edexcel)
 Multiplication by scalars (Edexcel)
 Magnitude (Edexcel)
 Position vectors (Edexcel)
 Distance between two points (Edexcel)
 Vector equations of lines (Edexcel)
 Intersections between lines (Edexcel)
 Skew lines (Edexcel)
 The dot product (Edexcel)
 Expression in terms of components (Edexcel)
 Angles between lines (Edexcel)
 Perpendicular lines (Edexcel)
Further Pure Mathematics 1
Inequalities
 Solution of inequalities involving fractions (Edexcel)
 Solution of inequalities involving the modulus function (Edexcel)
Series
 Summation identities (Edexcel)
 Summing unknown series (Edexcel)
 The method of differences (Edexcel)
Complex Numbers
 Definition of Complex Numbers (Edexcel)
 Manipulating Complex Numbers (Edexcel)
 Modulusargument form (Edexcel)
 The Argand Diagram (Edexcel)
 Sums, products and quotients in the Argand diagram (Edexcel)
 The Argand Diagram (Edexcel)
 Complex roots of equations (Edexcel)
 Finding complex roots of quadratic equations (Edexcel)
Numerical Solution of Equations
 Interval bisection (Edexcel)
 Linear interpolation (Edexcel)
 The NewtonRaphson process (Edexcel)
FirstOrder Differential Equations
 Solving linear differential equations (Edexcel)
 Using given substitutions (Edexcel)
 Homogeneous equations (Comes up often on Edexcel, but not on the syllabus)
 Bernoulli equations (Comes up often on Edexcel, but not on the syllabus)
SecondOrder Differential Equations
 Solving linear secondorder differential equations with constant coefficients (Edexcel)
 Using given substitutions (Edexcel)
 EulerCauchy equations (Comes up often on Edexcel, but not on the syllabus)
Polar Coordinates
 Definition of polar coordinates (Edexcel)
 Sketching curves in polar coordinates (Edexcel)
 Common curves (Edexcel)
 Tangents of curves in polar coordinates (Edexcel)
 Areas of curves in polar coordinates (Edexcel)
Further Pure Mathematics 2
Conic Sections
 Parabolas (Edexcel)
 Cartesian equation (Edexcel)
 Parametric equation (Edexcel)
 Focusdirectrix properties (Edexcel)
 Tangents and normals (Edexcel)
 Ellipses (Edexcel)
 Cartesian equation (Edexcel)
 Parametric equation (Edexcel)
 Focusdirectrix properties (Edexcel)
 Tangents and normals (Edexcel)
 Hyperbolas (Edexcel)
 Cartesian equation (Edexcel)
 Parametric equation (Edexcel)
 Focusdirectrix properties (Edexcel)
 Tangents and normals (Edexcel)
 Loci problems (Edexcel)
Intrinsic Coordinates
 Definition of intrinsic coordinates (Edexcel)
 Intrinsic coordinate identities (Edexcel)
 Deriving intrinsic equations from cartesian equations (Edexcel)
 Deriving intrinsic equations from parametric equations (Edexcel)
 The radius of curvature (Edexcel)
 Curves with cartesian equations (Edexcel)
 Curves with parametric equations (Edexcel)
 Curves with intrinsic equations (Edexcel)
Hyperbolic Functions
 Definitions of the hyperbolic functions (Edexcel)
 Graphs of the hyperbolic functions (Edexcel)
 Inverse hyperbolic functions (Edexcel)
 Graphs of the inverse hyperbolic functions (Edexcel)
 Osborn's Rule (Edexcel)
Differentiation
 Differentiating hyperbolic functions (Edexcel)
 Differentiating inverse hyperbolic functions (Edexcel)
 Differentiating inverse trigonometric functions (Edexcel)
Integration
 Integrating hyperbolic functions (Edexcel)
 Integrating inverse trigonometric and hyperbolic functions (Edexcel)
 Trig substitution (Edexcel)
 Other common trig integrals (Edexcel)
 Reduction formulae (Edexcel)
 Frequently used techniques (Edexcel)
 Arc lengths (Edexcel)
 Surface areas of revolution (Edexcel)
Further Pure Mathematics 3
Complex Numbers
 Euler's formula (Edexcel)
 Relation between hyperbolic functions and trigonometric functions (Edexcel)
 De Moivre's theorem (Edexcel)
 Deriving trigonometric identities (Edexcel)
 Roots of a complex number (Edexcel)
 Loci in the Argand diagram (Edexcel)
 Transformations between planes (Edexcel)
Matrices
 Definitions (Edexcel)
 Manipulation of matrices (Edexcel)
 Adding and subtracting matrices (Edexcel)
 Products of matrices (Edexcel)
 The identity matrix (Edexcel)
 Transposing matrices (Edexcel)
 Evaluating determinants (Edexcel)
 Inverses (Edexcel)
 Finding inverses (Edexcel)
 Eigenvalues and eigenvectors (Edexcel)
 Finding eigenvalues and eigenvectors (Edexcel)
 Diagonalising symmetric matrices (Edexcel)
 Linear transformations (Edexcel)
 Matrix representations of linear transformations (Edexcel)
Vectors
 The cross product (Edexcel)
 The triple scalar product (Edexcel)
 Areas and volumes (Edexcel)
 Area of a parallelogram (Edexcel)
 Area of a triangle (Edexcel)
 Volume of a tetrahedron (Edexcel)
 Equations of lines (Edexcel)
 Cartesian equation of a line
 Cross product equation of a line (Edexcel)
 Converting between forms (Edexcel)
 Equations of planes (Edexcel)
 Vector equations of a plane (Edexcel)
 Cartesian equation of a plane (Edexcel)
 Converting between forms (Edexcel)
 Intersections (Edexcel)
 Between a line and a plane (Edexcel)
 Between two planes (Edexcel)
 Angles (Edexcel)
 Angle between two planes (Edexcel)
 Angle between a line and a plane (Edexcel)
 Distances (Edexcel)
 Distance between two planes (Edexcel)
 Distance between a plane and a point (Edexcel)
 Distance between a point and a line (Edexcel)
 Distance between two skew lines (Edexcel)
Maclaurin and Taylor Series
 Maclaurin series (Edexcel)
 Taylor series (Edexcel)
 Series solutions of differential equations (Edexcel)
Numerical Solution of Differential Equations
 Approximation identities (Edexcel)
Proof by induction
 Definition of proof by induction (Edexcel)
 Common types of proof by induction (Edexcel)
 Series (Edexcel)
 Divisibility (Edexcel)
 Inequalities (Edexcel)
 Sequences (Edexcel)
Mechanics 1
Mathematical Models in Mechanics
 Particles (Edexcel)
 Laminae (Edexcel)
 Rigid bodies (Edexcel)
 Rods (Edexcel)
 Light rods (Edexcel)
 Uniform rods (Edexcel)
 Inextensible strings (Edexcel)
 Smooth and rough surfaces (Edexcel)
 Light smooth pulleys (Edexcel)
 Beads (Edexcel)
 Wires (Edexcel)
 Pegs (Edexcel)
Vectors
 Definition of a vector (Edexcel)
 Vector addition (Edexcel)
 Multiplication by scalars (Edexcel)
 Magnitude (Edexcel)
 Resolving vectors into two components (Edexcel)
 Velocities, displacements, forces and accelerations as vectors (Edexcel)
 Vector diagrams (Edexcel)
Kinematics
 Graphs (Edexcel)
 Displacementtime graphs (Edexcel)
 Velocitytime graphs (Edexcel)
 Constant acceleration formulae (Edexcel)
Statics
 Resolving forces (Edexcel)
 Common forces on a particle (Edexcel)
 Weight (Edexcel)
 Normal reaction (Edexcel)
 Tension and thrust (Edexcel)
 Friction (Edexcel)
Dynamics
 Forces (Edexcel)
 Newton's First Law (Edexcel)
 Newton's Second Law (Edexcel)
 Newton's Third Law (Edexcel)
 The motion of two connected particles (e.g. by a pulley) (Edexcel)
 Inclined planes (Edexcel)
 Impulse (Edexcel)
 Momentum (Edexcel)
 The impulsemomentum principle (Edexcel)
 Conservation of linear momentum (Edexcel)
 Collisions in one dimension (Edexcel)
Moments
 Moment of a force (Edexcel)
Mechanics 2
Kinematics
 Projectile Motion (Edexcel)
 Motion with Variable Acceleration (Edexcel)
 In a Straight Line (Edexcel)
 In Two Dimensions (Edexcel)
Centres of Mass
 Definition of the centre of mass (Edexcel)
 Centre of mass of a system of bodies (Edexcel)
 Centres of mass of symmetric bodies (Edexcel)
 Centres of mass of plane lamina (Edexcel)
 Centre of mass of a triangle (Edexcel)
 Centre of mass of a circular arc (Edexcel)
 Centre of mass of a sector of a circle (Edexcel)
 Centre of mass of a composite lamina (Edexcel)
 Equilibrium of a plane lamina (Edexcel)
 When suspended from a fixed point (Edexcel)
 When free to rotate about a horizontal axis (Edexcel)
 When on an inclined plane (Edexcel)
Work, Energy and Power
 Mechanical energy (Edexcel)
 Kinetic energy (Edexcel)
 Potential energy (Edexcel)
 Conservation of mechanical energy (Edexcel)
 Work (Edexcel)
 Workenergy principle (Edexcel)
 Using the workenergy principle to solve problems in dynamics (Edexcel)
 Power (Edexcel)
 Motors running at constant power (Edexcel)
Collisions and Impulse
 Momentum as a vector (Edexcel)
 Newton's law of restitution (Edexcel)
 Collisions between elastic particles (Edexcel)
 Loss of mechanical energy due to impact (Edexcel)
 Successive collisions (Edexcel)
Statics
 Equilibrium of a rigid body (Edexcel)
 Using moments (Edexcel)
 Ladder problems (Edexcel)
Circular Motion
(Not on Edexcel)
Springs and Strings
(Not on Edexcel)
Mechanics 3
Linear Motion with Variable Forces
Elastic Strings and Springs
 Springs and strings (Edexcel)
 Hooke's Law (Edexcel)
 Energy stored in an elastic spring or string (Edexcel)
Dynamics
 Newton's Second Law for variable forces (Edexcel)
 Simple harmonic motion (Edexcel)
 Amplitude (Edexcel)
 Frequency and time period (Edexcel)
 Displacement at a given time (Edexcel)
 Velocity at a given time (Edexcel)
 Proving that something moves with simple harmonic motion (Edexcel)
Circular Motion
 Angular velocity (Edexcel)
 Acceleration in circular motion (Edexcel)
 Relations to angular velocity, velocity and radius of circle (Edexcel)
 Circular motion under a varying force (possibly Edexcel)
 Particles moving in horizontal circles (Edexcel)
 Particles moving in vertical circles (Edexcel)
 Condition for particles moving in a full vertical circle (Edexcel)
Statics
 Centres of mass of rigid bodies (Edexcel)
 Use of integration (Edexcel)
 Equilibrium of rigid bodies (Edexcel)
 When suspended from a fixed point (Edexcel)
 When on an inclined plane (Edexcel)
Mechanics 4
Mechanics 5
Statistics 1
Representing Data
Probability
Discrete Random Variables
Continuous Random Variables
The Normal Distribution
Regression and Correlation
Estimating and Samples
Statistics 2
Continuous Random Variables
Approximations
Estimation and Sampling
Hypothesis Testing
Statistics 3
Statistics 4
Decision Mathematics 1
Algorithms
Graphs and Networks
Critical Path Analysis
Linear Programming
Matchings
Decision Mathematics 2
Game Theory
Networks
Critical Path Analysis
Linear Programming
Matching and allocation
Transportation Problems
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