Calculus Bohemian Rhapsody

Anyone studying A level Maths will recognise the lyrics of this amazing calculus version of the classic Queen song – integration, areas under curves, differentiation, chain rule, product rule, quotient rule – they all feature!

Maybe singing along at 3 minutes 20 seconds will help you to remember that elusive plus c when you’re integrating…

Your A level Maths exam will have a lot of questions involving calculus so you must be super confident with the differentiation & integration of polynomial, trig and exponential functions including the product, quotient and chain rules and integration by parts & substitution.

Calculus is the study of the way functions change. It’s a huge subject that you could study for your whole life! What elements of calculus are in A Level Maths?  

You’ll learn how to differentiate and how to integrate all sorts of functions, how to differentiate from first principles, how to use integration by parts, how to use integration by substitution and – very exciting – how to solve differential equations (equations involving rates of change).  

Students sometimes think this topic from the A level Maths syllabus is difficult but actually, most students drop marks not because they can’t do calculus, but because they make mistakes with the A level maths basics…. algebra and minus signs!

Calculus is one of my favourite things to teach from the A level maths course. The maths notation is beautiful and the topic reinforces the important relationship between algebra and graphs. Revision for this maths topic is the same as revision for all A level Maths topics – practice papers practice papers and more practice papers.  

The new spec means there aren’t many past papers available but you could use the old spec Core 3 and Core 4 papers from Edexcel, AQA or OCR to find differentiation and integration questions.

In addition, the Tailored Tutors Revision Kit contains a whole heap of activities and support for all of your Maths A level revision.

KEY POINTS: A level Maths + Product Rule + Quotient Rule + Chain Rule + Integration by Parts + Integration by Substitution