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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**-

**QCE POINTS: 4**

*Authority**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**-

**QCE POINTS: 4**

*Authority**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**-

**QCE POINTS: 4**

*Authority**Pre-requisite a*

*t 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.