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Version 4.0a

LaTeX is a popular mathematical and scientific typesetting standard supported by the VLE as well as many programs particularly on Unix and Mac.

TeXaide is a standalone version of the popular MathType equation editing software that exports equations in the LaTex format, perfect for use within the VLE.

Download From School Servers 931.5KB
MD5 Sum: 0839ccf7420c68666d15473ab132271a

  1. Save the EXE file to your computer
  2. Execute it and follow the on-screen instructions to install.
  3. If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.

VLE Usage Example:

  1. Using the Equation Editor the following is produced on screen:

    TeXaide screenshot

  2. The copy mode is set to TeX -- Plain TeX under Edit -> Translators, unchecking both Include translator name and Include MathType data.

  3. The expression is selected and copied (Edit -> Copy)

  4. It can then be pasted into the VLE editor (displayed when adding a label for example) in your web browser (press Ctrl + V) where it appears as:

    $ $ih{{\partial \Psi } \over {\partial t}} = - {{h^2 } \over {2m}}{{\partial ^2 \Psi } \over {\partial x^2 }} + V(x)\Psi (x,t) \equiv {\rm H}\limits^\~ \Psi (x,t)$ $

    N.B: Ensure the two "dollar" characters and the markup are on one continuous line.

  5. When saved, the expression is rendered by the VLE as below:
    ih{{\partial \Psi } \over {\partial t}} =  - {{h^2 } \over {2m}}{{\partial ^2 \Psi } \over {\partial x^2 }} + V(x)\Psi (x,t) \equiv {\rm H}\limits^\~ \Psi (x,t)

    (The time-dependent one-dimensional Schrödinger equation as used in quantum mechanics)

  6. Equations can be inserted in this way into many editable areas within the VLE, including labels, descriptions, forum posts and submissions in interactive activities.
Version 6

DeriveDerive is a versatile computer algebra package that allows exploration and visualisation of GCSE and A-level maths solutions including algebra, calculus and 3D graphs, including worked solutions.

Download From School Servers 54 MB
MD5 Sum: a6c9eba91d76eec594068288b0e3e17c

  1. Save the ZIP file to your computer
  2. Extract it to a temporary location (you will need an Archive Manager)
  3. Execute Derive 6/setup.exe in the extracted folder and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. You will be prompted for a serial number; enter: 37Z2-M72P-DGME-X7L26
  5. If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.

An Archive manager or Compression Utility allows you to view and manipulate compressed archives such as a ZIP or GZIP file.


A good open-source archive manager is 7-Zip. Alternatively a trial edition of WinRAR can be downloaded. If you are running Windows XP, the built-in system supports ZIP files already.

All of these will run whenever a supported archive file is run (double-clicked) and will let you extract the contents to a location on your computer.


The default vanilla GNU command-line binaries provide full flexibility for manipulating archives; consult the man pages that came with your distribution (e.g. tar -z extracts a gzipped tarball). Alternatively there are several GUI frontends specific to your distro or Window Manager (e.g. Ark is a popular GUI frontend on KDE).

These will let you extract the contents of an archive to a location on your computer.

Apple Mac

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This site gives you access to the BBC Revision Guides and links to other useful links in the WEB.

This site is a useful source of revision resources. This link will take you to the 16+ pages, to find other pages in the site 'click' on the Schools Homepage 'button'.

You may also like to look at the BBC Learning Zone which gives you access to further teaching and learning resources.

Eduforge is an open access environment designed for the sharing of ideas, research outcomes, open content and open source software for education. It is a collaborative development environment, community and resource catalogue for software developers involved in community-driven educational software projects.

Similar to Schoolforge, it's a good place to look for interesting, useful and even revolutionary open-source projects and community-driven software.


Allows you to quickly search and access "crawled" portions of the Internet and World Wide Web, using a few words or Keyphrases.

Currently the most popular and well-known web page indexing and searching service, as well as boasting the highest "relevancy" thanks to advanced natural language and AI techniques, it also sports several relatively advanced search features that allow you to further refine your search by resource type and date, for example.

Interesting features of the web search itself include separate interfaces depending on the type of internet-held information you are searching (news, images, etc), an effective page ranking system, and even an in-built spell checker. Equally fascinating is the first result for "miserable failure".

Version 4.0.1

GraphCalc plotting a 3D helicoidal polar graphGraphCalc is a powerful OpenSource mathematical graphing calculator and equation manipulator.

"GraphCalc is an all-in-one solution to everything from everyday arithmetic to statistical analysis, from betas to Booleans, from cubes to calculus, from decimals to derivatives. GraphCalc combines all the features of a professional mathematics package with the simplicity of an easy to learn windows interface. It provides user-friendly help and tutorials to guide you through the easy and fun process of mastering GraphCalc."

Download from School Servers:

Graphcalc for Windows 841.8KB
MD5 Sum: c181a8014395702310313706705b0f66

  1. Save the EXE file to your computer
  2. Run it and follow the instructions on-screen to install.

Graphcalc for Linux 52.6KB
MD5 Sum: c772d76be921d6b78b4e3092ae48e594

  1. Save the BZIP tarball to your computer
  2. Extract it to a temporary location (you will need an Archive Manager)
  3. Follow the instrucions in the graphcalc/INSTALL and graphcalc/README textfiles.

Visit GraphCalc project website for latest version.

If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.


JDC is a coalition of local/regional groups and national organisations. Its focus is on changing UK government policy on debt, including to ensure that the maximum influence is brought to bear on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) - on whose governing bodies the UK is represented.


The MATTER project is a non-profit consortium of UK materials science departments working towards the development and integration of computer-based learning (CBL) materials into mainstream teaching. Liverpool University has been pioneering the production of free, open, online resources for physical sciences at GCSE and A-Level.

This site contains interactive resources (such as simulations, interactive exercises, experiments, tasks, etc.) designed to assist teachers and students of physical sciences at both 11-16 and A-level.


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