For a list of recommended books for young people interested in Mathematics, try this list from Nrich which is grouped into three different categories: History of Mathematics, Recreational and Thinking Mathematically.

From Cambridge University this list of interesting mathematics books and internet sites is mainly intended for sixth-formers planning to take a degree in mathematics. The list includes some items which are suitable for less experienced readers so may well appeal to a wider audience. The list was last updated in September 2020. I see it includes Kevin Houston’s “How to Think Like a Mathematician, see also from Kevin Houston his page on the book which includes some solutions to problems in the book, also available are sample chapters on writing mathematics.

From Imperial College, their STEM book list has many recommendations in several categories including Mathematics. Imperial College says that the list is aimed at A Level students but is suitable for anyone looking to develop their STEM knowledge and have a great read.

See the Reference page also which includes a useful list of reference materials.

If you have younger brothers and sisters, for Primary age children, these are all available as pdf files from White Rose Maths. The books are also available on Kindle.

If you like puzzles try Henry Ernest Dudeney’s – Amusements in Mathematics puzzle collection (with solutions). The first set of puzzles will offer a trip down memory lane for some of your parents who remember money – pre-decimal! There are several categories of puzzles available.

For notes and examples on polynomials, see the following resources: From the mathcentre which has an extensive collection of very clear notes and other resources, the Algebra collection includes Polynomial Division.

David Smith’s site ‘The Maths Teacher’ includes Algebraic Multiplication and Division under Algebra AS level.

In Paul’s Online Notes, Section 1-4 is on Polynomials; these start with a clear definition and include examples of polynomials and also expressions which are not polynomials .

It is really useful to have a look at the graphical representation as well as the algebraic solution. For example: Show that x = −1 is a root of x^{3}+11x^{2}+31x+21 = 0 and locate the other roots algebraically. The graph on Desmos is here. You can check your algebraic solution, by looking at the graph.

One of the pages in the series on Calculatorsis on Polynomials where you will find the following resources.

As we come to the end of an academic year and look to a new one, it will be a time of change for many students. Perhaps you have completed GCSEs or equivalent qualifications (UK age 15-16) and are about to start on your A Levels or perhaps you have completed those and are about to start studying Mathematics at university.

To be in a position to begin your new courses well you should be thoroughly familiar with the essentials of the work you have studied to date. At whichever level you are studying your Algebra should be at a standard where you can manipulate expressions with ease.

Some resources to help you prepare and will be useful reference material for you during your course…

Dr Frost Maths is used by millions of students round the world. Amongst the extensive library of resources are videos for students age 8-18 explaining topics from scratch. There are longer Exam-topic videos, average length 10 minutes and shorter Key Skill videos which are about 2-4 minutes in length.

Free lessons from Colin Hegarty recorded on YouTube are available to help GCSE students prepare for A Level Maths.

These Transition Takeaways from Mohammed Ladak have been specifically chosen to help with A Level Maths preparation.

You could also look at Step Up to A Level Maths from The Centre of Innovation in Mathematics Teaching which helpfully lists skills you should be confident with and provides resources to support your study of these skills.

As you study your A level (16-18) course you may find some of the material in the section below useful.

For many challenging questions to really get you thinking, try the brilliant Underground Mathematics site.

Make sure you have some useful apps on your phone if you don’t have them already. Mathscard app from Loughborough university is free and a handy reference guide of mathematical facts and formulae. Every student should have the Desmosapp (free) and you could also get the WolframAlpha app (low cost).

If you are preparing for university, then make sure your A Level knowledge is secure – perhaps check the Algebra Refresher from The Mathcentre which has many questions and the answers are at the end of the document. The Mathcentre has an extensive collection of helpful resources for students of Mathematics.

For a collection of forty mathematics activities bridging between A Level and University, try Carom Mathsfrom Jonny Griffiths.

Check the List of Activities, how much do you know about Inequalities for example? For a complete PowerPoint with information and questions on Inequalities, choose Carom 1-2: Inequalities.

If you have not come across the HELM Project before, the project was designed to support the mathematical education of engineering students and includes an extensive collection of notes which include very clear worked examples. For easy access to these resources, the HELM Project Workbooks are hosted by Loughborough University’s Mathematics Learning Support Centre. Alternatively, the complete set is hosted by the Open University. To access the Open University resources you will need to create an account (easy and free), this will also give you access to the numerous free online courses.

The Open University has several helpful publications for students of Mathematics. Many of these resources would be helpful for students still at school.

Note the exercise at the end so you can practice, fully worked answers are shown.

WolframAlpha can of course handle polynomials.

For further notes & examples on operations with polynomials, see the following resources: From the mathcentrewhich has an extensive collection of very clear notes and other resources the Algebra collection includes Polynomial Division.

For a list of recommended books for young people interested in Mathematics, try this list from Nrich which is grouped into three different categories: History of Mathematics, Recreational and Thinking Mathematically. From Cambridge University this list of interesting mathematics books and internet sites is mainly intended for sixth-formers planning to take a degree in mathematics. The list includes some items which are suitable for less experienced readers so may well appeal to a wider audience. The list was last updated in September 2020. I see it includes Kevin Houston’s “How to Think Like a Mathematician, see also from Kevin Houston his page on the book which includes some solutions to problems in the book, also available are sample chapters on writing mathematics.

Recommended Mathematics reading from the University of Oxford (scroll right down the page).

It seems appropriate to check some world records on books!Did you know that the first collection of crossword puzzles was published in the USA in 1924?

The following demonstrations show how to use a straight edge and a pair of compasses to do standard constructions.

On Corbett Maths you will find clear demonstrations and also practice questions on constructions. Look at this alphabetical list of contents, you will find several several items under Constructions. There are videos and also clearly worked answers to practice questions. Answers are all provided.

Note that all these Math Open Reference demonstrations are available as a printable atep by step instruction sheet, see for example the guide to bisecting an angle.

The AQA specification also includes a note that Constructing a 60° angleis required. This is shown here by constructing an equilateral triangle.

Students will be asked to use these constructions to construct given figures and solve loci problems. Students should also know that the perpendicular distance from a point to a line is the shortest distance to the line.

The constructions shown here are all from the excellent Math Open Reference by John Page. (There are many more constructions given on the site which are not a GCSE requirement). Another very useful source for demonstrations comes from BBC Bitesize on Loci and Constructions which gives step by step diagrams and instructions.

The BBC site also has clear examples of solving problems using constructions.

The excellentMaths Careerssite is managed and maintained by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. If your students wonder where Mathematics is used they will find plenty of answers here. See for example Who employs mathematicians?

Also from Maths Careers, see this post with instructions on how to make this wonderful pair of linked Möbius hearts.

If you wish to get creative and try this I advise watching the Numberphile video carefully; following the instructions worked as you can see from my creation here! I can verify that unless you follow the instruction to make sure the twist in each strip is in a different direction you will end up with a mess! Quite an interesting mess but certainly not two hearts!….

Note the Desmos graphs on my strips. I created a file in Word valentine-mobius-hearts (or pdf: valentine-mobius-hearts) with Desmos images in a table. Adding dotted borders to the table gives guidelines for cutting. I began each cut by using the end of a paperclip to pierce the paper.

To create my strips I printed the document and then printed again on the reverse. I then cut out and trimmed the strips so there was no white space at the end – the picture here has been made using strips 10 cells long.

From the MEI Archives, the February 2015 edition of the MEI Monthly Maths Magazine includes some connections between maths and Valentine’s Day. On page 7 note the article “A Happy Ending” which includes references to some Numberphile videos, Professor Ron Graham discusses the Happy Ending Problem and from Dr Emily Riehl, The Stable Marriage Problem. We also have a great Parametric Heart spreadsheetfrom Think Maths.

This edition of the magazine includes some lovely activities which link paper folding and proof.…………………………………………………..