Mathematics Standard students use mathematics to make informed decisions in their daily lives. Students develop understanding and competence in mathematics through real-world applications. These skills can be used in a range of concurrent HSC subjects.
In Mathematics Standard 2 students extend their mathematical skills beyond Stage 5 without the in-depth knowledge of higher mathematics that the study of calculus would provide. This course prepares students for a wide range of educational and employment aspirations, including continuing their studies at a tertiary level.
Topics studied in Year 11
- Algebra : [Formulae & Equations / Linear Relationships]
- Measurement : [Applications of Measurement / Working with time]
- Financial Mathematics : [Money Matters]
- Statistical Analysis : [Data analysis / Relative frequency / Probability
Topics studied in Year 12
- Algebra : [Types of relationships]
- Measurement : [Non-Right Trigonometry / Rates and Ratios]
- Financial Mathematics : [Investments and Loans / Annuities]
- Statistical Analysis : [Normal Distribution / Bivariate Data]
- Networks : [Network concepts / Critical Path Analysis]
What do you do in this course?
The Mathematics Standard course allows students to engage their mathematics with commonly occurring real-life situations (such as budgeting, money-skills and the responsibility of driving and public awareness) as well as gaining a broad understanding of concepts required for a number of trades and professions (including surveying, nursing and trade-based skills in geometry and the use of formulas).
How can this course help you in the future?
The importance placed on having a strong grasp of Mathematics by employers is often misunderstood by students. Skills in handling money and finances, as well as being able to record accurate measurements and make sense of data are crucial elements in many fields, trades and jobs. Standard Mathematics will not satisfy many university level degrees and students must carefully weigh-up future requirements or specifications if this is a possibility.