Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians. Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.
Mathematics is a Compulsory Subject for Years 7-10
During these years, students need to be able to represent numbers in a variety of ways; to develop an understanding of the benefits of algebra, through building algebraic models and applications and the various applications of geometry; to estimate and select appropriate units of measure; to explore ways of working with data to allow a variety of representations; and to make predictions about events based on their observations.
The intent of the curriculum is to encourage the development of important ideas in more depth, and to promote the interconnectedness of mathematical concepts. An obvious concern is the preparation of students intending to continue studying mathematics in the senior secondary years. Teachers will, in implementing the curriculum, extend the more mathematically able students by using appropriate challenges and extensions within available topics. A deeper understanding of mathematics in the curriculum enhances a student’s potential to use this knowledge to solve non-routine problems, both at this level of study and at later stages.
Optional Mathematics Subject choice for Senior Grades
MATHEMATICS EXTENDED (Grade 9 only)
In this course a framework for thinking, problem solving and acquisition of powerful, logical and concise communication skills are developed. Apart from enhancing students’ achievement in their normal Grade 9 mathematics program, it sets a solid foundation for the Mathematics Methods Foundation course in Grade 10 or 11.
MATHEMATICS ADVANCED (Year 10 only)
Students study the areas of algebra, functions and their graphs, calculus and probability. These are necessary prerequisites for the study of Mathematics Methods, TQA level 3 course in Grades 11 and 12 and provides a foundation for those courses and disciplines in which mathematics has an important role, for example, engineering, the sciences, economics, health and social sciences.