Mathematics

Essential Mathematics (A/M)

This course focuses on using mathematics effectively, efficiently and critically to make informed decisions. It provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to solve problems in real contexts for a range of workplace, personal, further learning and community settings. This subject provides the opportunity for students to prepare for post-school options of employment and further training.

Essential Mathematics will enable students to develop the skills to use maths confidently in their daily lives. For example, familiarity with the concept of a rate enables students to solve a wide range of practical problems, such as fuel consumption, travel times, interest payments, taxation, and population growth.

Mathematical Applications (T)

This course is designed for those students who want to extend their mathematical skills beyond Year 10
level but whose future studies or employment pathways do not require knowledge of calculus. The subject is designed for students who have a wide range of educational and employment aspirations, including continuing their studies at university or CIT.

Mathematical Applications focuses on the use of mathematics to solve problems in contexts that involve financial modelling, geometric and trigonometric analysis, graphical and network analysis, and growth and decay in sequences. It also provides opportunities for students to develop systematic strategies based on the statistical investigation process for answering statistical questions that involve analysing univariate and bivariate data, including time series data.

Mathematical Methods (T)

The major themes of this course are calculus and statistics. Mathematical Methods is designed for students whose future pathways may involve mathematics and statistics and their applications in a range of disciplines at the tertiary level.

This course provides a foundation for further studies in disciplines in which the mathematics of calculus and statistics have important roles.

Specialist Methods (T)

This course extends and develops the Mathematical Methods T course. The major themes of Specialist Methods are calculus and statistics. They include as necessary prerequisites studies of algebra, functions and their graphs, and probability. They are developed systematically, with increasing levels of sophistication and complexity.

Specialist Methods is designed for students whose future pathways involve mathematical and statistical
applications in a range of disciplines at the tertiary level. In addition, this course is designed for students who wish to pursue the study of mathematics itself.

Specialist Mathematics (T)

This course should be taken in conjunction with Specialist Methods. It is designed for students with a strong interest in mathematics, including those intending to study mathematics, statistics, all sciences and associated fields, economics or engineering at university.

Students will be able to appreciate the true nature of mathematics, its beauty and its functionality. There is a sound logical basis to this course, and in mastering the subject students will develop logical reasoning skills to a high level.