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Mathematics

 
Welcome to the Mathematics faculty at William Ross State High School.
 
Studying Mathematics provides students with the skills to be confident and creative in their use of mathematical procedures to solve everyday problems. They will be able to investigate, interpret and represent situations both at school and in their everyday lives.
 
JUNIOR SECONDARY
 
Mathematics is a core subject in year 7, 8 & 9 and is studied by all students. Each student receives a unit starter at the beginning of every unit which outlines what they are going to be taught (topics/skills), when and what their assessment will be and a rubric to track their progress throughout the unit.
 
The curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated mathematical understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning as they move through the junior secondary program.
 
SENIOR SECONDARY
 
Year 10
Mathematics and Mathematics Extension is available to students in Year 10. Mathematics provides students with the skills to be confident users and communicators of mathematics. Able to investigate, represent and interpret situations both at school and in their lives outside school.  The curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving skills.
 
Senior Subjects and Pre-Requisites
Mathematics A (AUTHORITY) 'C' Achievement in Year 10 Mathematics
Mathematics B (AUTHORITY) — ‘B' Achievement in Year 10 Mathematics for one Semester
Mathematics C (AUTHORITY) — 'B' Achievement in Year 10 Mathematics for one Semester
Pre Vocational Mathematics (AUTHORITY REGISTERED) – Has no prerequisites
 
Career Pathways
Mathematics is a prerequisite subject for most TAFE and University courses.
It is also required for many Traineeships and Apprenticeships.
 
Year 11/12
PREVOCATIONAL MATHS - Authority Registered QCE POINTS: 4
This subject is not a prerequisite for university.
 
This subject aims to provide students with relevant and practical mathematical skills required for life after school. This program of study provides a suitable challenge for those students who prefer and enjoy learning activities with practical and real-life application. It aims to provide students with the necessary mathematical skills to enhance employability. It aims to foster an attitude of success for students who may have experienced difficulty with mathematics of a more theoretical nature.
 
All learning experiences are practical based and life related situations using technology as well as collecting data in the field.
 
MATHEMATICS A - Authority QCE POINTS: 4
Pre-requisite at least a “C” Achievement in Year 10 Mathematics
 
Mathematics is an integral part of a general education. It is important in making informed decisions on everyday issues.
 
In Mathematics A, the skills needed to make decisions which affect students’ everyday lives are provided. These skills are also called on in other subjects and provide a good general background for many areas of vocational study. The study of Mathematics A will emphasise the development of positive attitudes towards mathematics. This development is encouraged by an approach involving problem solving and applications, working systematically and logically, and communication with and about mathematics.
 
Possible Careers
Mathematics A is a prerequisite for a multitude of tertiary courses that do not involve hard science.
Mathematics A is also suitable prerequisite for most TAFE courses and apprenticeships.
 
MATHEMATICS B - Authority QCE POINTS: 4
Pre-requisite at least a “B” Achievement in Year 10 Mathematics or Mathematics Extension. Mathematics B can be studied as a subject on its own OR in conjunction with Mathematics C.
 
Mathematics is an integral part of a general education. It underpins science and technology, most industry, trade and commerce, social and economic planning and communication systems and is an essential component for effective participation in a rapidly changing society.
 
In Mathematics B, mathematical skills are developed which form the basis for further study in mathematics. These skills are needed not only in the traditional careers of engineering or the physical sciences, but also as tools in fields as diverse as agriculture, food technology, geography, biology, economics and management. The modes of thinking developed in Mathematics B provide ways of modelling and problem solving in situations in order to explore, describe and understand the world’s social, biological and physical environment.
 
Mathematics B is designed to raise students’ competence in and confidence with the mathematics needed to make informed decisions to ensure scientific literacy and to function effectively in a technologically skilled work force. Students are given the opportunity to appreciate and experience the dynamic nature of mathematics. They are encouraged to study the power of mathematics through problem solving and applications in life-related contexts.
 
Possible Careers
Mathematics B is a suitable prerequisite for most university courses which require some Mathematical background, e.g. Business, Engineering, Education (Maths), Applied Science, Accounting, Science, Commerce, Computing, Economics, Architecture.
 
MATHEMATICS C - Authority QCE POINTS: 4
Pre-requisite at least a “B” Achievement in Year 10 Mathematics or Mathematics Extension. Mathematics C can only be studied in conjunction with Mathematics B.
 
Mathematics C plays an important role in many developments and decisions made in industry, commerce, government policy and planning and has been central to nearly all major scientific and technological advances. In Mathematics C, students are given the opportunity to develop their full mathematical potential and extend the knowledge acquired in Mathematics B. They will be encouraged to recognise the dynamic nature of mathematics through problem solving and applications in life-related situations.
 
Opportunities are provided for students to appreciate and experience the power of mathematics and to see the role it plays as a tool in modelling and understanding many aspects of the world’s environment. The additional rigour and structure of the mathematics required in Mathematics C will equip students with valuable skills which will service them in more general contexts and provide an excellent preparation for further study of mathematics and other tertiary courses, for example, Engineering, Information Technology, Economics and Finance. Mathematics C is a highly desirable preparatory course for students who intend pursuing a career involving the study of mathematics at a tertiary level.
 
Possible Careers
Mathematics C is a prerequisite or highly recommended for those students wishing to study any of the following at university:  Education (Maths), Engineering, Science with Advanced Studies, Computer Science, Information Technology, Building and Applied Science.
 
MATHSPACE
William Ross State High School has invested in new technology to effectively differentiate for all students in our classes. Mathspace not only provides students with extra resources and homework, but also provides teachers with data about their classes, in order to effectively plan and teach lessons. For more information about Mathspace, please read the supporting documents.