Maths Paper 1 (O) 2015: Very few topics came up in great detail

 

Comment/ analysis on Maths Paper 1 (ORDINARY Level): Jean Kelly, Maths teacher at The Institute of Education.

For a course with a wide range of topics that could be asked, very few came up in any great detail. Financial Maths, Functions and Graphs appeared in a number of questions. Overall students will be very pleased with the Ordinary Level Paper 1, and it will give them confidence going in to Paper 2.

SECTION A-

The first two questions were on Financial Maths and Arithmetic and would have posed no difficulty to students.

The Algebra Question 3, Part C, may have been slightly challenging if a students didn’t know how to Factorise a Quadratic Equation.

Question 4 and 5 had a lovely mixture of Functions and Graphs, Calculus and Algebra and were very manageable questions.

Question 6 was on Complex Numbers. The mention of an angle might have scared off a few of the weaker students, but if they kept their heads down they would have worked through it.

SECTION B-

Question 7, which is worth a total of 70 marks, was on Number Patterns and could have been worked out using very little knowledge of the topic.

Question 8 on Graphs and Calculus very like the sample papers and was very accessible, even for weaker students.

Question 9 mixed Graphs with Financial Maths and was very manageable.