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AQA GCSE Further Maths Topic Areas

This document covers all the specific areas of the AQA GCSE Further Maths course, your job is to review all the topic areas, answering the questions if you feel you need
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Simplifying expressions *
(B)

(B)

(A)

(B)

Examples

Simplify the expression

62 3
3 4 3

5 + 2
4

3(3 17) = 2( 1)
1
1
( + 8) = 2 + (4 5)
2
3

(A)

(A)

The length, l metres, of a field is 80m greater than its width. The perimeter is 600m
(i)
Write the information in the form of an equation for l.
(ii)
Solve the equation and so find the area of the field.

Expanding brackets * (B)

( + 5)(2 3)

(A)

( 3 2 + 2) ( 2 + 2 1)

(A)

( 2 1)( + 1) ( 2 + 1)( 1)

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Manipulating surds *
Simplifying expressions
(A)

Examples

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32 18
(A*)

3 6
(4 + 3)(4 3)

2
3

Factorising * (A)

+ + +

(B)

2 + 6 + 8

(A)

2 16

(A)

4 2 9 2

(A)

2 2 11 + 15

= 2

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32
4 5

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= ( 2 + 2 )

(B)

*Simplifying algebraic
fractions
(A)

2 6
2 8 + 15

42 9 2 + 3
2
+1
1

2
5
+
+1 1

(A)

(A)

*Solving equations
involving fractions
(C)

Examples

+2
1 + 3

+2
6
=
6
2
2
1
1
+
=
3 1 + 8 2

(B)

(A*)

Work out the values of p and q such that 2 6 + 2 ( )2 +

(A*)

, , 3 2 + 5 1 ( + ) +

Function Notation

() = 2 1, (5)
() =

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+6
, () = 3 (2) = 1
2

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Domain and range of a
function

Examples

() = 6 4 2 3. ()

Write down the domain and range for f(x)

*Gradients of a straight
functions
(C)

(B)

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For the graph = 2 + 6 + 11, state:

(i)
The vertex (minimum or maximum point)
(ii)
The equation of the line of symmetry
(iii)
The co-ordinates of the point where the graph intersects the y-axis

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Graphs of functions in
parts
(A)

Examples

Draw the graph of y=g(x) where:

() = + 3; 3 < 0
() = 3 ; 0 3

Here is the graph of y=f(x). (i) Define f(x), stating clearly the
domain for each part
(ii) State the range of f(x) and (iii) Solve f(x)=5

(A)

equations - Two brackets
(B)
*Coefficients greater than
1

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2 + 3 18 = 0. .
3 2 + 8 3 = 0. .

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*Completing the Square
(A*)

Examples

2 8 + 3 = 0. .

2 2 + 8 = 0. .

*Simultaneous Equations
(B)

Vince has 2.20 to spend on fruit for a picnic and can buy either five apples and four pears or two apples and six
pairs.
Write this information as a pair of simultaneous equations
Solve your equations to find the cost of each type of fruit

Solve
(A)

+ 2 = 3
2 2 + 3 2 = 11

Factor theorem (A*)

Given that 3 + 3 2 3
Show that (x+1) is a factor of f(x)
Factorise f(x)

* Inequalities Linear (B)

Solve 2y + 6 < 5y + 12

5 < 3 1 17

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(B)

Examples

2 2 3 0

2 = 8

2 3 8

Sequences * - Linear (C)

Work out the nth term of the sequence: 4, 10, 16, 22, 26,

Work out the nth term of the sequence 4, 13, 26, 43, 64, .

The nth term of a sequence is

* Distance between 2
points (C)

What is the distance between the following two points (6, 5) and (3, 1)?

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21
.
3+2

2
3

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Midpoint of a line
segment (C)

Examples

What is the midpoint PQ with the two points P(6, 5) and Q(3, 1)?

Gradient of a line
between 2 points (C)
Equation of a straight line
* (C)

What is the gradient between the two points P(6, 5) and Q(3, 1)?

Perpendicular lines * (A)

Points P and Q have coordinates P(3, 1) and Q(5, 7) find the equation of the perpendicular bisector of this
straight line

Equation of a circle (A)

Write the equation of the circle with centre (1, -2) and radius 3

(A)

The line segment AB is the diameter of a circle. A is the point (1, -4) and B is the point (5, 2). Work out the
equation of the circle.

(A)

The circle ( 2)2 + ( + 3)2 = 50 intersects the line y = x 5 at the points P and Q. Work out the
coordinates of P and Q.

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Points P and Q have coordinates P(3, 1) and Q(5, 7) find the equation of the straight line

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Pythagoras Theorem * (C)

Trigonometry * (B)
Trig ratios

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Circle geometry and circle
theorems (A)

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A (12, 6) and B (14, 4) are two points on a circle, centre C (20, 12).
y

Not drawn
accurately

C (20, 12)
A (12, 6)
M
B (14, 4)

Work out the coordinates of the midpoint M, of AB.

Show that the length CM = 7 2

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Circle theorems * (B)

Examples

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Sine and cosine rule * (B)

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Find the side marked x

Find side marked x

B
xm
8m

61
7m

Special Triangles
(30, 60, 90)
(45, 45, 90) (A*)

(A*)
Lines and planes in three
dimensions (A)

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Find the lengths of the other two sides of a right triangle if the length of the hypotenuse is 42 cm and
one of the angles is 45.

Find the lengths of the other two sides of a right triangle if the length of the hypotenuse is 8 cm and
one of the angles is 30.

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Trigonometrical functions
for angles of any size (A*)

Examples

Graphs

Area of a triangle * (C)

Solutions of
trigonometrical equations

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(A*)

Examples

(A*)

Solve the equation 2 sin2 + 1 = 0 0 360 1

Trigonometrical identities
(A*)

(A*)

Differentiation
(A*)

= 5 + 12 3 + 3
= 3 5 + 2

(A*)

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(A*)

(A*)

(A*)

Examples

For the function = 5 2 on which there is the point P (3, 6). Find:

i)

ii)

iii)

iv)

Find

ii)

iii)

and the values of x for which

Matrices (A*)

0
Calculate [
2

(A*)

4 2
2
] = ( )
Work out the value of p [
1 1 3
4

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i)

1 2
][
3 3

4
]
2

=0

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Examples

i)

ii)

Enlargement, centre the origin, scale factor 3

1
Point P (3, -2) is transformed by the matrix (
0
0 2
(
).
1 0

1
) followed by a further transformation by matrix
1

i)

ii)

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