Students in Years 8 to 10 will study content specified by the Mathematics syllabus of the Australian Curriculum. Students are exposed to units in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability.
As the course is primarily sequential, students will need to know and remember definitions, formulae and standard results as well as practise routine procedures and applications. Close attention must be given to class work and homework in both learning and in practice.
Mathematics is a core subject in 8,9 and 10. Year 8 and 9 students study the same content in each class. In year 10 students select either 10 or 10A (extension) Mathematics. 10A is an essential course of study for those students wishing to study Maths B or C in senior.
In Mathematics A (OP), 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 tertiary study. The study of Mathematics A will emphasise the development of positive attitudes towards a student's involvement in mathematics. This development is encouraged by an approach involving problem solving and applications, working systematically and logically, and communicating with and about mathematics.
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 of effective participation in a rapidly changing society.
In Mathematics B (OP), advanced 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 situations in order to explore, describe and understand the world's social, biological and physical environment.
Mathematics B is designed to raise the students' competence in and confidence with the mathematics needed to make informed decisions about society, 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.
In Mathematics C (OP), 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. They will also have a taste of an abstract mathematical thinking in certain topics, e.g. number study. 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 serve them in more general contexts and provide an excellent preparation for further study of mathematics. Mathematics C is a highly desirable preparatory course for students who intend pursuing a career involving the study of mathematics at a tertiary level. It enables students to develop sequential and logical thinking methods which are invaluable in any type of advanced study.
Prevocational Mathematics (non-OP) is designed to help students improve their numeracy by building their confidence and success in making meaning of mathematics. It aims to assist students to overcome any past difficulties with, or negative attitudes towards, mathematics, so that they can use mathematics efficiently and critically to make informed decisions in their daily lives.