Mathematics takes many different forms when used in the “real world” one way of which being in the form of Mechanics. The thought of different areas of mathematics only really begins to develop at A-Level stage and this in my opinion is left quite late in our education system.
In my institute I am lucky to have an initiative called project based learning which is set up and designed to engage core subjects in practical applications. For example, we recently set up and designed a system using mathematical algorithms for our local council in order to reduce the amount of illnesses in the work place. A project further planned for this year is Nuclear fusion which will include plasma dynamics and particle physics in our learning. This also covering the core curriculum set.
Mechanics is the form of mathematics UK Students often associate with a lot more than others. Also mainly due to its appearance in GCSE and A-Level Physics and onwards to degree level. The most famous contributor to this field being Sir Isaac Newton with himself being honoured with his work being globally known wholly as Newtonian physics.
Mechanics is the study of motion and forces of matter. For example the formula ‘F = MA’ where the force is equal to the mass times the acceleration. Thus meaning a 10 kg mass accelerating downwards at 9.81 ms^-2 will result in a force of 98.1 Newtons.
More modernly, quantum mechanics has been more and more explored through work by Max Planck and Albert Einstein. This form of mechanics often takes into account a lot of probability distributions due to the idea of matter being in a superposition.
Mechanics is a fundamental application of Mathematics and Physics and really makes a difference in our world. Through vehicle safety or even the forces used to make you walk (Newtons 3rd Law).
In the coming day’s I will be releasing my handcrafted notes for Mechanics 1 of the Edexcel A-Level Mathematics Course.
Explore Mechanics – It’s Rocket Science!