General Mathematics is designed for students to develop a broad range of quantitative skills to support them in fields such as business, commerce or the trades. The course introduces students to a personal financial management, the statistical investigation process, and modelling of the real world using lines, networks and matrices.
Recommended background: Students at IBMYP level 4 or higher in Year 10 Mathematics should consider General Mathematics.
A scientific calculator is required.
The following topics provide the framework for learning in Stage 1 General Mathematics.
Investing and Borrowing
Applications of Trigonometry
Linear and Exponential Functions
Matrices and Networks
Assessment at Stage 1 is school based.
There are two assessment types:
Four assessment pieces are completed in each semester of Stage 1 General Mathematics.
Measurement topic test (SAT)
Investing and Borrowing topic test (SAT)
Bank Interest investigation (IF)
Statistical investigation (IF)
Applications of Trigonometry topic test (SAT)
Matrices and Network topic test (SAT)
Networks investigation (IF)
Linear and Exponential Functions topic test (SAT)
Stage 1 General Mathematics is assessed using two criteria:
Concepts and Techniques
Reasoning and Communication
Successful completion of this subject leads to: Stage 2 General Mathematical
Students who intend to study General Mathematics at Stage 2: must complete 20 credits of Stage 1 General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods.
SACE requires all students to achieve a C grade or higher in one semester of any Mathematics course in Stage 1. Students who are successful have the option to choose to select an alternative elective in semester 2 or continue with a second semester of Mathematics. Students who are not successful must study a second semester of Mathematics.
CARE • COMMITMENT • CO-OPERATION • RESPECT