We have recently updated our recommended reading list – which has a dedicated page on this website. All titles are ideal companions for a trip to the beach or the sun lounger!

Mathematics: Reading List (with reference to Maths reading list – Cambridge)

Mathematics and Philosophy: Reading List

 Author Title Available in RGS Library? Ayer, A.J. The Central Questions in Philosophy Yes Blackburn, Simon Think Glover, Jonathan Causing Death and Saving Lives Yes Hollis, Martin Invitation to Philosophy Moore, A.W. The Infinite Nagel, Thomas What Does It All Mean? Yes Plato One or more of Protagoras, Meno or Phaedo Russell, Bertrand The Problems of Philosophy Yes Strawson, P.F. Introduction to Logical Theory

# End of Year – time for Enrichment!

We spend much of the end of the year focusing on Enrichment. Here is an example of some fantastic 3D Co-ordinates with Y7.

# GCSE Maths Revision Tips

Here are some useful links for your GCSE Revision:

1. If you are practising with Past Papers, you can access our Condensed Solutions in the RGS Student Shared Area: click here to log in.

2. Mr Barton’s Maths Website has a page dedicated to revising by topic – I recommend that you scroll down to the B/A/A* topics and try some videos and quizzes.

3. I have written a post on Getting to Know Your Calculator, which is essential reading!

4. …and don’t forget my previous revision post on general strategies and links.

5. If you are looking for more past papers, you can find them on the Edexcel Website for IGCSE Maths (4MA0): click here.

Happy revising! 🙂

# 10 Calculator Buttons you need in your life #revision #gcse #alevel

Before we start, let me get one thing out of the way – you will only get so far without showing your working. Nevertheless, even a seasoned Maths student needs some calculator skills from time to time. Enjoy.

1. Time conversion between decimal and hours/mins/secs can be tricky. Check your answer with the snazzy ‘commas and dot’ button:

Type your decimal, e.g. 2.4 (hours) press equal then convert with the button below Alpha B.

Your life is now complete.

(As Will Davies rightly pointed out on my earlier post: I use it for time, but this button is actually to convert angles into degrees, minutes and seconds ie fractions of degrees – 60ths and 3600ths)

2. Prime Factorisation

Want to check your product of primes? Or better still, check whether a number is prime?

Simply type your number, press equal then convert with FACT (next to the Alpha B). If the number doesn’t change, it is prime.

3. Polar Co-ordinates

This is not just one for the Further Mathematicians. ‘Pol’ can be used for Pythagoras, Trig, Complex Numbers…

Pol is above the + . Use to change (x,y) to Polar form. Enjoy!

4. Multiple Calculations

Want to type multiple calculations at the same time? Use the Alpha : button…

(Above the x cubed on this model)

Press equal multiple times to reveal the multiple answers.

Why is this useful? Well…

5. Verify your Algebra (numerically)

Go to MODE then VERIFY…

Now type some algebra that you have manipulated and press equals. This works for all kinds of Identities up to A Level:

6. Recurring Decimals

Want to change from recurring decimals to fractions? The latest casios will do this for you (above the x squared), but remember you need to know the method! Start by proving this to amaze your friends…

7. Frequency Tables

To turn on the Frequency Column for Stats tables, go to ‘Setup’ (usually shift>mode) and scroll down to STAT – you should now have the option to switch the frequency on. Now, in STAT mode, you will see the following under 1-VAR:

Once you enter your data, press AC, then STAT (above the 1) and you can analyse to your heart’s content.

8. STAT MODE

In Mode>STAT don’t forget you have acces to more than just your run of the mill ‘Stats’. See below:

9. Percentages

Playing around with the percentage button for converting between % and Fractions / Decimals is probably the key button for non-mathematicians working in finance or business:

10. Surds

…and yes, whisper it, your calculator will do Surds for you.

(Thanks to Dr Heptinstall for his guidance and mad calc skills)