Professional Development Videos: Mechanics

These videos show various ideas for teaching mechanics in A level Mathematics/Further Mathematics lessons. Each video is approximately five minutes in length and demonstrates aspect of teaching mechanics.

The videos were filmed at Ivybridge Community College in March 2017.

Videos



Exploring kinematic graphs


Questions for reflection

  • What are the key misconceptions that students might have?
  • How can graphical representations help to develop students’ understanding?
  • How can you use dynamic graphing software to deepen understanding of kinematics?

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Using physical phenomena: Classroom session


Questions for reflection

  • Why might it be advantageous to run a lesson like this early on in a mechanics course?
  • What simple experiments can be done in a classroom to help students ‘feel’ forces?
  • How can you guide your students towards discussing their intrinsic understanding of forces in a more mathematical way?

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Using physical phenomena: Student reflections

Questions for reflection


  • To what extent can conceptual understanding be developed before the introduction of numbers and equations?
  • What key misconceptions can be dispelled through practical work?
  • How do you account for varying levels of student experience/confidence when setting up this sort of activity?

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Identifying forces


Questions for reflection

  • What are the main types of forces students need to be able to identify?
  • Which scenarios often lead to errors in force diagrams, and how can you anticipate and correct these?
  • What questioning strategies are useful for this sort of task?

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Making a mathematical model


Questions for reflection

  • How can a student’s general understanding of mechanics benefit from modelling a real problem?
  • How can you structure a modelling task to encourage the ‘simplify and then refine’ approach?
  • What questioning strategies are required to guide students in the right direction?

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