Maths and physics resources

All these resources are free to use. If a link does not work, please let me know.

Online resources are out there if you know where to look. These resources are all designed by teachers in their spare time and are in some cases designed around a specific syllabus. They make learning fun and less of a chore. A student can find the resource that suits their own learning style. I use most of these resources in my own teaching, online and face to face.

GCSE mathematics

www.bland.in has a  great set of GCSE questions arranged by topic. They are written in the style of the Edexcel A syllabus but can be used for any syllabus. Higher and Foundation tiers. You can buy the answers too for a small charge. I use these a lot in my GCSE teaching.

www.m4ths.com is a set of questions arranged by topic. Some of the worksheets have answers but not all. These are very nice because you can really choose the precise topic that you want to revise.

www.mathsnetgcse.com is an interactive vocabulary list for GCSE. Point the cursor at a word and it shows you the meaning. It’s also great for A-level students who need to brush up on terminology.

www.desmos.com is a free web-based graphing software. Easy to use and intuitive.

www.math-aids.com has loads of mathematics worksheets, dynamically created, by topic. Math-Aids.Com is a free resource for teachers, parents, students, and home schoolers. The math worksheets are randomly and dynamically generated by our math worksheet generators. This allows you to make an unlimited number of printable math worksheets to your specifications instantly.

www.mathworksheetsland.com claims that it has the largest set of maths worksheets available on the internet. You can decide if this is true.

www.edexcel.com is the edexcel exam board home page for mathematics where you can download past papers, mark schemes and syllabi.

www.examsolutions.net is an amazing site which uses video as the main medium of communication. Instructional videos are arranged by topic. The creator of this website has designed an app for revising A-level maths by unit. The apps are reasonably priced at £1.99 each.

BBC Bitesize has tailored its web pages to the syllabus that you are studying. These are a set of revision exercises and quick tests.

A-level mathematics

I find that a lot of A-level students go into their first year of A-level very poorly prepared for the hard work that is to come. They often lack the general background knowledge that is essential to make progression or to understand properly the new material that they are undertaking. I thoroughly recommend that they review their subject knowledge in GCSE. Try the higher level questions in the first resource I mention above (www.bland.in).

www.examsolutions.net is a great website that has AS and A-level instructional videos arranged by syllabus. All the A-level syllabuses are covered.

The graphing tool mentioned above is very useful as a learning tool. Of course, you can’t use a graphing calculator at A-level in the exam but it is great for helping to understand what is going on as you learn a topic. It is useful for example to visualise how many solutions there are to an equation in a given interval, how numerical solutions to equations work and so on.

There is an online edition of a mathematics A-level text book available here if you want to try a different text book to the one that you have been given. It is good to use a variety of resources to get used to the different ways that a question can be posed.

Solomon Press does a great range of worksheets, some of which you can download here.

If you can’t find all the exam papers and mark schemes that you are looking for (sometimes there are restrictions), try xtremepapers.com. I make no warranty as to copyright infringement and you access this website and download at your own risk.

How about broadening your knowledge and trying some mathematics competition papers? You can access some here.

If you want to read up on the history of mathematics, there is a great place to learn about all the famous faces like Pythagoras, Euclid, Fibonacci, Gauss, Liebnitz, and so on.

A-level Physics

Hyperphysics is a logically organised site where you can find the topic that you are interested in revising or learning about by viewing linked ‘mind map’ diagrams. All pages are cross-referenced so that if there is a term that you are unfamiliar with, you can simply click on it. There are diagrams, and many pages allow you to enter your own values into calculations to see the result. Diagrams are very clear and a lot of thought has been put into designing the site.

A large collection of animations  is available here using java as the medium of animation. Your computer will prompt you to install Java if you do not already have the current version. These are very instructional and cover all topics at A-level. There are also associated videos to view on each topic.

A fantastic set of AS and A2 level worksheets are here. There are also answers. The questions are structured and generally quite short. They are very useful for testing your comprehension of a topic.

A site dedicated to AQA A-level Physics A is here. All the six units are covered including powerpoints, past questions, short questions and answers.

This site (A-level Physics Tutor) is very in-depth. There are youtube videos, course notes, worked examples, derivations of laws, and a list of books available to download.

GCSE Physics

GCSE.com  has a useful glossary of terms.

BBC Bitesize has tailored its web pages to the syllabus that you are studying. These are a set of revision exercises and quick tests.

Khan Academy has its own recommended science links for GCSE here.

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