General Mathematics Unit 1 and 2
General Mathematics is the study of order, relation and pattern. In these units of study, you will be provided with a general level of understanding in Units 1 and 2 Mathematics. The subject is for you if you have a wide range of educational and employment aspirations, including studies at university or TAFE.
Who is it for?
General Mathematics is for students who wish to go on to Further Mathematics at Year 12. This subject provides a good general introduction to the following areas of Mathematics:
- functions and graphs
- decision and business maths
- data analysis and simulation
- geometry and trigonometry
What do you do?
The structure of this course consists of weekly activities of set tasks, assignments and projects. Each week you are expected to read and practise exercises and complete work for submission. These tasks are aimed at helping you achieve outcomes in a number of key knowledge and skills related to the Areas of Study. There are also a number of School Assessment Coursework (SACs) required to be completed during the year.
What skills do you need?
You are expected to have successfully completed Year 10 Mathematics. You will need to have a working knowledge of using a graphics calculator and Excel.
What skills do you develop?
The skills that students will develop in this subject are:
- understanding of concepts and techniques drawn from the topic areas of number and algebra, geometry and trigonometry, graphs and networks, and statistics
- ability to solve problems using concepts and techniques drawn from the topic areas
- reasoning and interpretive skills in mathematical and statistical contexts
- capacity to communicate the results of a mathematical or statistical problem-solving activity in a concise and systematic manner using appropriate mathematical and statistical language
- capacity to choose and use technology appropriately and efficiently.
You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.
- For this study, you need access to a VCAA-approved CAS technology. VSV course notes are written using the TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad calculators. The textbook also contains instructions for both TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad calculators. However, any of the listed VCAA approved CAS technologies can be used.
- Further information on VCAA approved technologies is available on their website.
- If buying a new calculator, it is highly recommended to purchase a TI-Nspire CX CAS.
- You are encouraged to contact your Mathematics teacher for advice before purchasing a calculator.
- Cambridge Senior VCE General Mathematics Units 1 & 2 (2016 edition) [Peter Jones et al.]
- you have the option of either purchasing the textbook or the eBook.
Things to think about
For you to enrol in General Maths, you should bear in mind that you need a Year 10 satisfactory Maths result.
The expected workload is 5 to 6 hours per week and the assessment tasks / projects are a part of the Unit Study. You are expected to submit all required work according to the submission timetable.
Things you can do now
To prepare for General Maths Units 1 and 2 you are encouraged to revise Year 10 Mathematics topics. You are also advised to revise the topic of matrices if you have not previously covered the topic.
You can purchase the text stated in the VSV booklist and begin reading over the topics covered in General Maths Units 1 and 2.
Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.
Things to have a look at
General Maths Song
Try this for a bit of fun.
Year 11 Maths
Access this website, and then click on “Matrices” for revision activities. This also covers all other topics in General Maths that might interest you.