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Mathematics

 

Junior school

Course overview:

In the Junior school there are two mathematical pathways available: Mathematics for the Future (MAT) and Extension or Advanced Mathematics (MAX). Students will enter the extension class via the Year 8 Academic Class of Excellence program or by teacher/HOD recommendation. All other students will study Mathematics for the future. Both courses will be linked to the National Curriculum (ACARA) and the Queensland equivalent units Curriculum to Classroom (C2C).

All Junior Mathematics courses will have Numeracy aspects of NAPLAN embedded and rich ICT use incorporated in learning activities and assessments.

Senior school

Pre-vocational mathematics:

Course overview:

Prevocational Mathematics is designed to help students improve their numeracy by building their confidence and success in making meaning of Mathematics. During this course of study, students will:

  • build confidence and experience success when using mathematics in everyday contexts.
  • improve their preparedness for entry to work, apprenticeships, traineeships, or further study by developing their numeracy.
  • develop skills such as using a calculator, identifying, measuring, locating, interpreting, estimating, applying, communicating, explaining, problem solving, making informed decisions, and working cooperatively with others and in teams.
  • be able to organise mathematical ideas and represent them in a number of ways such as objects and pictures, numbers and symbols, rules, diagrams and maps, graphs, tables and texts.
  • be able to present findings orally and in writing.
  • be able to use relevant technologies.

Course outline

Year 11/12:

The topics studied in this 2 year course include:
  • Buying/running a car.
  • Moving out: renting/buying a house.
  • Travelling interstate/overseas.
  • Health and exercise.
  • Organising events.
  • Earning money and paying tax.
  • Starting your own business.

Mathematics A

Course overview:

Mathematics is an integral part of a general education. Mathematics A aims to provide opportunity for students to participate more fully in life-long learning. It involves the study of Financial Mathematics, Applied Geometry, Statistics, and Operations Research.  These are used to develop:

  • Knowledge and skills of computation, estimation and measurement.
  • A capacity to interpret and analyse information presented in a variety of forms.
  • The ability to make judgments based on evidence and reasoning.
  • The capacity to communicate and justify in a variety of forms.

Course outline:

The topics studied in this 2 year course include:

  • Managing money.
  • Applied geometry.
  • Exploring, collecting, presenting and applying data.
  • Operations management - networks and queuing.
  • Navigation.
  • Linking 2 and 3 dimensions.

Mathematics B

Course overview:

Mathematics B provides opportunities for student development of:

  • Knowledge, procedures and skills in mathematics.
  • Mathematical modelling and problem-solving.
  • The capacity to communicate and justify in a variety of forms.

Course outline:

The topics studied in this 2 year course include:

  • Applied statistical analysis.
  • Polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and periodic functions.
  • Applying and modelling functions to real world events.
  • Rates of change - Calculus.
  • Optimisation.
  • Introduction to integration.

Mathematics C

Course overview:

Mathematics C provides opportunities for student development of:

  • Knowledge, procedures and skills in Mathematics.
  • Mathematical modelling and problem-solving.
  • The capacity to communicate and justify in a variety of forms.

Course outline:

The topics studied in this 2 year course include:

  • Group theory.
  • Real and complex number systems.
  • Matrices and applications.
  • Vectors and applications.
  • Structures and patterns.
  • Calculus (beyond Mathematics B).
  • Option A (Linear programming or conics).
  • Option B (Probability modelling or dynamics).