UA3 Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Engineering – UA3 Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
This unit can be studied as a standalone TECOL unit in Engineering, or as part of an Edexcel accredited BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering.
One of the main responsibilities of engineers is to solve problems quickly and effectively. This unit will enable learners to solve mathematical, scientific and associated engineering problems at technician level. It will also act as a basis for progression to study other units, both in the qualification, such as Unit 6: Further Engineering Mathematics, and at BTEC Higher National level.
This unit enables learners to build on knowledge gained at GCSE and use it in a more practical context for their chosen discipline. Learning outcome 1 will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of algebraic methods, from a look at the use of indices in engineering to the use of the algebraic formula for solving quadratic equations. Learning outcome 2 involves the introduction of the radian as another method of angular measurement, the shape of the trigonometric ratios and the use of standard formulae to solve problems involving surface areas and volumes of regular solids. Learning outcome 3 requires learners to represent statistical data in a variety of ways and calculate the mean, median and mode.
Finally, learning outcome 4 is intended as a basic introduction to the arithmetic of elementary calculus.
Note that the use of ‘e.g.’ in the content is to give an indication and illustration of the breadth and depth of the area or topic. As such, not all content that follows an ‘e.g.’ needs to be taught or assessed.
On completion of this unit a learner should:
- Be able to use algebraic methods
- Be able to use trigonometric methods and standard formulae to determine areas and volumes
- Be able to use statistical methods to display data
- Be able to use elementary calculus