Mathematics

Overview

The Mathematics programs offered to Year 10 students are:

  • Foundation Mathematics
  • General/Further Maths Preparation
  • Math Methods Preparation

Each of these units contains parallel versions of content to address the spread of students’ previous achievement, their general mathematics capabilities and their VCE mathematics expectations.

Please note:

  • Foundation Mathematics is recommended for students who are not intending to continue with maths in year 12. This maths will prepare students for a career that requires basic skills in mathematics.
  • Further Mathematics Preparation is recommended for those students who want to pursue maths in year 12 with the possibility of further studies requiring mathematics.
  • Math Methods Preparation is for Year 10 students who have shown competence at Year 9 and who are considering a career in mathematical sciences or a related discipline that requires a high level of quantitative thinking, for instance in science, engineering or economics.

Students must choose two units to satisfy the minimum curriculum requirement.


Foundation Mathematics

(Unit One VCE Foundation Maths is taken as a yearlong subject)

In foundation maths, there is a strong emphasis on the use of mathematics in practical contexts encountered in everyday life in the community, at work and at study. In undertaking these units, students are expected to be able to apply techniques, routines and processes involving rational and real arithmetic, sets, lists and tables, diagrams and geometric constructions, equations and graphs with and without the use of technology.

Area of study 1: Space, shape and design Area of study 2: Patterns and number

Assessment:

  • Classwork and application
  • Tests, Common assessment tasks
  • Structured problem solving
  • Use of technology
  • Semester Exam


Further Mathematics Preparation

This course incorporates a range of mathematical dimensions with specific focus on Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Probability and Statistics. Practical contexts are drawn upon wherever possible as a means of making the mathematics relevant to students with a view of developing applicable skills form the selected components of the Victorian Curriculum. Appropriate use of technology is used to support and develop concepts and skills and is incorporated throughout the course. This will include: graphic calculators, graphing packages, statistical analysis systems and spread sheets.

Students studying Further Mathematics preparation are eligible to continue studying General Maths 1 & 2 or VCE Foundation Maths.

Assessment:

  • Classwork and application
  • Tests, Common assessment tasks
  • Structured problem solving
  • Use of technology
  • Semester Exam


Math Methods Preparation

This course incorporates a range of mathematical dimensions at an advanced level. It includes a variety of practical and theoretical applications, including: mathematical techniques and consumer maths; measurement of length, area, volume and time; exponentials notation and surds; trigonometry; and probability and statistics; algebra including expanding and factorising; geometry; linear relationships, equations and graphs; and quadratic relationships. Developing answers with convincing mathematical arguments is required. Appropriate use of technology is used to support and develop concepts and skills incorporated throughout the course.

This subject is designed to prepare students for further studies in Mathematics through to Year 12 in Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics or combinations thereof.

Students who intend to do VCE Mathematical Methods are encouraged to choose this year 10 Maths subject.

Assessment:

  • Classwork and application
  • Tests, Common assessment tasks
  • Structured problem solving
  • Use of technology
  • Semester Exam

Important Info

Please see the booklist for the required technology tool (calculator) in year 10, that will see students through to year 12.