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The Mathematics course has been created to offer all senior secondary students the opportunity to advance their mathematical skills, to build and use mathematical models, to solve problems, to learn how to conjecture and to reason logically, and to gain an appreciation of the elegance, beauty and creative nature of mathematics. Students use numbers and symbols to represent many situations in the world around them. They examine how mathematical methods associated with number, algebra and calculus allow for precise, strong conclusions to be reached, providing a form of argument not available to other disciplines.

The Mathematics course allows for multiple entry points to accommodate the diversity of students’ mathematics development at the point of entry into senior school as well as the diversity of post school destinations.

Students can choose units based on their particular need: to develop their general mathematical skills for further training or employment, to enable university entry where further mathematics may not be essential, to prepare them for university courses where further mathematics studies is required or for preparation for higher level training in technical areas.

The Mathematics: Specialist course provides a solid foundation for the many students who will continue their study of mathematics beyond the compulsory years of schooling. It has an emphasis on mathematical reasoning, modelling, recursion and the use of technology, in keeping with recent trends in mathematics education, and in response to the growing impact of computers and the internet. Students engage in posing and solving problems within mathematics itself, and thus appreciate mathematics as a creative endeavour.

This course is for university entry to specialist courses such as engineering, physical sciences and mathematics and is usually studied in conjunction with the Mathematics course.


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