In Stage 2 General Mathematics, students continue to develop and extend their understanding of mathematical skills in ways that apply to practical problem solving. A problem-based approach is integral to the development of mathematical models and the associated key concepts in the topics. Topics cover a diverse range of applications of mathematics, including personal financial management, the statistical investigation process, modelling using linear and non-linear functions, and discrete modelling using networks and matrices. Successful completion of General Mathematics at Stage 2 prepares students for entry to tertiary courses requiring a non-specialised background in mathematics and for careers in the more technical trades.
20 credits of Stage 1 General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods at a C grade or better. A solid understanding of Stage 1 General Mathematics content is vital.
Stage 2 Physics is a 20-credit subject. The topics for Stage 2 Physics are:
Students study all five topics. The topics can be sequenced and structured to suit individual groups of students.
Assessment at Stage 2 is school based, but moderated by the SACE Board.
Students undertake two mathematical investigations and five skills and applications tasks.
Students undertake an online examination to assess mathematical understanding from Topics 3, 4 and 5. The examination requires students to demonstrate knowledge, routine skills and applications, analysis and interpretation. Students provide explanations and arguments, and use correct mathematical notation, terminology, and representations throughout the examination.
The weightings for the 8 assessment tasks is:
Successful completion of General Mathematics at Stage 2 prepares students for entry to tertiary courses requiring a non-specialised background in mathematics or a prerequisite for enrolment.
Careers linked with this course include accounting, architecture, commerce, economics, nursing, science, agricultural science, agri-business, business management, aviation, construction management, information technology, building trades, building design, amongst many others.
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