Mechanics is the branch of mathematics concerned with the study of forces that act on bodies and any resultant motion that they experience, and is widely used in physics and technology. Mechanics uses mathematics to enable us to model real-life situations and equip us with the skills we need to interpret and understand how things work, simplify and solve problems, identify limitations and draw conclusions.
You will learn of the range and power of mathematics and the importance of mathematical applications to society in general. This course encourages independent thinking and demands an enquiring approach, developing your questioning skills, logical reasoning, analysis, problem solving skills, creativity and the ability to communicate explanations concisely.
This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:
The course comprises three areas of study.
Linear and Parabolic Motion
The general aim of the unit is to develop advanced knowledge and skills in algebra and calculus to be applied to the mechanics of linear and parabolic motion.
Force Energy and Periodic Motion
The general aim of the unit is to develop advanced mathematical knowledge and skills to be applied to the mechanics of force, energy and periodic motion.
Mathematical Techniques for Mechanics
The course assessment consists of one component totalling 90 marks:
The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
SQA Past Papers Mathematics of Mechanics Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Mathematics of Mechanics Advanced Higher Question Paper
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