Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2
There are four broad Areas of Study in this course: functions and graphs, algebra, calculus, probability and statistics. You will progressively develop skills and knowledge from each of these four areas, and the connections between them.
Who is it for?
This subject is for students who would like to do further study with a view of a career in computer science, physics, chemistry and engineering.
It is also for students with an interest in how aspects of our world can be explained by mathematical processes, for example, Mathematics underlies the modelling of weather patterns.
What do you do?
Throughout the course, you will be completing weekly assignments, practice exercises, activities, modelling and problem-solving tasks, and do a test at the end of each semester.
What skills do you need?
Students need to have good algebraic skills. Those who have not studied mathematics for some time are advised to revise the algebraic component of the Year 10 Mathematics course.
What skills do you develop?
On completion of this course students should be able to:
- apply mathematical processes in non-routine contexts and discuss these applications
- use technology to produce results and carry out analysis in situations that require problem solving, or investigative techniques.
Cambridge Senior Mathematics Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2
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For this study, students need access to a VCAA-approved CAS calculator. DECV course notes are written using the TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad. Students are highly recommended to get one of these, if they are going to buy a new calculator. However, any of the listed VCAA approved CAS calculators can be used.
Further information on VCAA-approved calculators is available on their website.
The textbooks required by DECV for the Mathematics courses contain instructions for both TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad calculators.
Students are encouraged to contact their Mathematics teachers, for advice, before purchasing a calculator.
Things to think about
You will be expected to spend approximately 7 hours per week on Mathematical Methods.
You should have a good knowledge of the Year 10 Mathematics curriculum.
You can contact your teacher for help via phone, email, messaging through your online course or in person (come to visit us at DECV).
Things you can do now
If you have struggled with algebra in Year 10, then we advise you to revise the following topics:
- linear equations
- linear graphs
- rearranging formulas
- algebraic fractions
You can work through the Chapter 1 of your Cambridge textbook. Your online textbook also provides access to Year 10 resources.
Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.