Edexcel International A Level

Mathematics

Mechanics M2

About This Unit

When studying pure mathematics at AS and A2 level you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus. While many of the ideas you will meet in pure mathematics are interesting in their own right, they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of mathematics, especially mechanics and statistics.

Unit Content

  1. Chapter 1 Kinematics of a Particle Moving in a Straight Line (M2) In this session, you will learn about Kinematics of a Particle Moving in a Straight Line, one of the 5 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M2 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to solve problems involving the motion of projectiles, solve problems involving the motion in a straight line when acceleration varies with time, as well as use calculus and vectors to solve problems involving motion in two dimensions.
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  2. Chapter 2 Centres of Mass (M2) In this session, you will learn about Centres of Mass, one of the 5 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M2 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to find the centre of mass of a system of particles distributed in one dimension, find the centre of mass of a system of particles distributed in two dimensions, use the knowledge of standard results to find the centre of mass of a plane figure, as well as consider the equilibrium of a lamina which is suspended from a fixed point or placed on an inclined plane.
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  3. Chapter 3 Work and Energy (M2) In this session, you will learn about Work and Energy, one of the 5 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M2 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to use the principle of conservation of mechanical energy and the work-energy principle to solve problems about a moving particle and solve problems about a moving vehicle including calculating the power developed by its engine.
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  4. Chapter 4 Collisions (M2) In this session, you will learn about Collisions, one of the 5 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M2 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to use the impulse-momentum principle and the principle of conservation of linear momentum in vector form, apply conservation of linear momentum and Newton's Law of Restitution to solve problems involving direct impact, as well as model and solve problems involving successive impacts.
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  5. Chapter 5 Statics of Rigid Bodies (M2) In this session, you will learn about Statics of Rigid Bodies, one of the 5 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M2 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to find the sum of the moments of the forces acting on a rigid body and solve problems about the equilibrium of a rigid body.
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Prerequisites and Requirements

Students who have achieved a grade of 'C' or higher in their IGCSE, GCSE, or any other equivalent 'O' Level Mathematics.

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