General Maths


General Mathematics is a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject at Stage 1 and a 20‑credit subject at Stage 2.

About this subject

General Mathematics extends students’ mathematical skills in ways that apply to practical problem-solving. A problem-based approach is integral to the development of mathematical models and the associated key concepts in the topics. These topics cover a diverse range of applications of mathematics, including personal financial management, the statistical investigation process, modelling using linear and non-linear functions, and discrete modelling using networks and matrices.

Successful completion of this subject at Stage 2 prepares students for entry to tertiary courses requiring a non-specialised background in mathematics.

Course content

  • ATAR
  • NTCET 20 points
  • Prerequisites; Stage 1 General Maths 2nd Semester

Stage 2 General Mathematics consists of the following six topics:

  • Topic 1: Modelling with linear relationships
  • Topic 2: Modelling with matrices
  • Topic 3: Statistical models
  • Topic 4: Financial models
  • Topic 5: Discrete models
  • Topic 6: Open topic.

Students study five topics from the list of six topics above. All students must study Topics 1, 3, 4, and 5.

Assessment

The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 2 General Mathematics:

School assessment (70%)

  • Assessment Type 1: Skills and Applications Tasks (40%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Mathematical Investigations (30%)

External assessment (30%)

  • Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%)

Students provide evidence of their learning through eight assessments, including the external assessment component. Students undertake:

  • five skills and applications tasks(tests)
  • two mathematical investigations
  • one examination.
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