Why Study Mathematics?

Mathematics is the study of function and pattern in number, logic, space and structure, and of randomness, chance, variability and uncertainty in data and events. It provides both a framework for thinking and a means of symbolic communication that is powerful, logical, concise and precise. Mathematics also provides a means by which people can understand and manage human and natural aspects of the world and inter-relationships between these. Essential mathematical activities include calculating and computing, abstracting, proving, refuting and inferring; applying, investigating, modelling and problem solving.

This study is designed to provide access to worthwhile and challenging mathematical learning in a way which takes into account the interests, needs and aspirations of a wide range of students, and introduces them to key aspects of the discipline. It is also designed to promote students' awareness of the importance of mathematics in everyday life in a technological society, and to develop confidence in making effective use of mathematical concepts, processes and skills in practical and theoretical contexts.

In VCE Mathematics it is expected that students will have an approved CAS calculator. The College recommends the Casio Classpad 400.

Students intending to undertake Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics at Year 12 (Units 3 and 4) level must take Mathematical Methods (Units 1 and 2) and Specialist Mathematics (Units 1 and 2) at Year 11 level.

The Mathematics courses at Year 12 may form pre-requisites for entry into a range of tertiary courses. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT ADVICE IS OBTAINED FROM THE CAREERS COUNSELLOR BEFORE SELECTION.


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The following subjects are offered in Mathematics at Years 11 and 12.

General Mathematics - Units 1 & 2
Mathematical Methods - Units 1 - 4
Further Mathematics Units 3 & 4
Specialist Mathematics - Units 1 - 4