ERIC Number: EJ1116257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
How Well Does A-Level Mathematics Prepare Students for the Mathematical Demands of Chemistry Degrees?
Darlington, Ellie; Bowyer, Jessica
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v17 n4 p1190-1202 Oct 2016
332 undergraduate chemistry students were surveyed in order to establish whether they had found A-level Mathematics and/or Further Mathematics to be good preparation for their degree. Perceptions of both subjects were found to be positive, with more than 80% of participants describing Mathematics or Further Mathematics as good preparation. In particular, pure mathematics and mechanics topics were found to be the most useful. Additionally, over 90% of participants who had studied at least AS-level Further Mathematics reported that there was an overlap between the material they encountered at A-level and in the first year of undergraduate study. This indicates that prospective undergraduate chemists would significantly benefit from studying A-level Mathematics, and in particular may benefit from specialising in the study of mechanics, something which will only be possible through the study of Further Mathematics after qualifications are reformed in September 2017. Universities should consequently consider revising their entry requirements or recommendations to applicants.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Student Surveys, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, College Science, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, Educational Change
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