General Mathematics Units 1 and 2 is the VCAA General Mathematics course, it is designed to be widely accessible for students and may lead on to Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4. Students learn to practice and apply mathematical algorithms, routines and techniques by undertaking investigative projects involving the use of mathematics; solve problems set in unfamiliar situations and in real-life situations; find solutions to standard problems.
CAS technology and reference material are used throughout the course to support learning and are used for each assessment.
The Mathematics learning area will choose topics from the areas of study listed below. This will be done according to VCAA regulations.
Algebra and Structure
Arithmetic and Number
Geometry, Measurement and Trigonometry
Graphs of Linear and Non-Linear Relations
OutcomesAssessment Tasks(school-assessed coursework)Define and explain the key concepts and be able to apply a range of related mathematical routines and procedures.
Apply mathematical procedures in non-routine contexts and to analyse and discuss these applications of mathematics.
Use numerical, graphical, symbolic and statistical technology to produce results and carry out analysis in situations involving problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques.
Based on performance in a selection of tasks completed in achieving the outcomes above which incorporate the effective and appropriate use of technology.
End of Semester Examination – 1.5 hours.
Information can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/curriculum/vce/vce-study-designs/generalmathematics/Pages/Index.aspx
Students complete a Headstart program of study in Statistics and Linear graphs during the summer holidays to give them a solid foundation in these mathematical skills and a practice SAC so as to prepare them for their first assessment SAC which are in the form of topic tests.
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