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  • Subject: Mathematics
  • AS: 91261
  • Level: 2
  • Credits: 4
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Mathematics 2.6 Apply algebraic methods in solving problems

Key tips

  • Revise basic algebra skills used in Level 1 and L1 equations.
  • Learn to solve equations by setting out logical steps rather than using guess and check.
  • Be careful to copy terms correctly from step to step.
  • Practise basic algebra skills thoroughly.
  • Show all working as credit can sometimes be given when the error is minor or a term has been incorrectly transferred.
  • Answer all questions as answers can be used as evidence for awarding Achievement.
  • Practise choosing variables and writing equations to solve word problems.
  • Be certain that you can use and apply the quadratic formula correctly.
  • When solving a quadratic equation to answer a question in context, check that you have selected or used the correct solution. Both answers may not be relevant in the context given.
  • The Achievement with Excellence question could be set in a mathematical context.
  • You should know how to model a situation using an equation.
  • Any equations you form must be stated in solving a problem.

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