Mathematics

All students study Mathematics as a core subject from Year 7 to Year 10.

Course cover a number of general mathematical areas that lead to a variety of careers and further studies.

Skill development areas include consumer mathematics, algebra and graphing (linear and quadratic), geometry, trigonometry and probability.

Students will experience a mix of problem solving approaches, routine applications and will further develop their ability to work mathematically in a variety of situations.

All students are expected to have access to their own scientific calculator.  Using a graphics calculator will be an advantage for those students wishing to study mathematics at Year 11 or 12.

VCE MATHEMATICS

There are three Mathematics courses at Unit 1- 2 level and three at Unit 3-4 level.

Students can do no more than two studies at any level for a total of 8 Mathematics units.

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General Mathematics Units 1 & 2

This course is for students who intend to undertake at least  Further Mathematics at Unit 3 & 4 Level. General Mathematics may be taken alone or in conjunction with Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 1 & 2. They contain assumed knowledge and skills for related material in Further Mathematics Units 3 & 4. They are strongly recommended, in addition to Mathematical Methods Units (CAS) Units 1 & 2, as preparation for Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4.

Assessment

Units 1 & 2

Assignments; tests; summary or review notes; projects; short written responses; problem-solving tasks; modelling tasks; End of unit examinations.

Areas of Study:

Statistics; Arithmetic calculations involving approximation and estimation, ratio, use of calculators and computers; Functions and Graphs; Algebra (linear relationships); Geometry; Trigonometry

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Further Mathematices Units 3 & 4

This course follows on from any Unit 1& 2 Mathematics course. It extends the topics commenced in General Mathematics Unit 1& 2.  It may be taken alone, or in conjunction with Mathematical Methods 3 & 4.
Unit 3 has a prescribed core (Data analysis) and one selected module. Unit 4 has two selected modules.

Areas of Study:

Data Analysis and 3 Modules selected from: Number Patterns & Applications; Geometry & Trigonometry; Graphs & Relations; Business Related Maths; Networks and Decision Maths; and Matrices.

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Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 1 &2

Students attempting Mathematical Methods (CAS) are expected to have a sound background in number, algebra, function, and probability and will require year 10 maths teachers signature.

Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 1 and 2 are designed as preparation for Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 3 and 4. They also provide a suitable preparation for Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4.

The appropriate use of CAS technology to support and develop the teaching and learning of mathematics, and in related assessments, will be incorporated throughout the unit. Other technologies such as spreadsheets, dynamic geometry or statistical analysis software will also be used, as appropriate, for various topics from within the areas of study for the course.

Assessment

Units 1 & 2

Assignments; tests; summary or review notes; projects; short written responses; problem-solving tasks; modelling tasks; End of unit examinations.

Areas of Study:

Functions & Graphs Functions; Algebra; Rates of Change & Calculus; Probability.

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Mathematical Methods Units 3 & 4

Mathematical Methods (CAS) 1 & 2 is prerequisite to Units 3 & 4. Mathematical Methods Units 3 & 4 may be taken alone or in conjunction with either Further Mathematics Units 3 & 4 or Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4.

Areas of Study:

Coordinate Geometry; Trigonometric Functions; Calculus; Algebra; Statistics and Probability.

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Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 3 & 4

Mathematical Methods (CAS) 1 & 2 is prerequisite to CAS Units 3 & 4. Mathematical Methods Units 3 & 4 may be taken alone or in conjunction with either Further Mathematics Units 3 & 4 or Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4.

Areas of Study:

Functions & Graphs; Calculus; Algebra; Probability.