What is it and why should I do it?
Maths Methods is a fast paced and rigorous maths subject. Topics covered include Quadratics, Polynomials, Functions and Relations, Calculus, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logs, and Probability. The maths is a more formal and abstract than junior maths and your teachers will be a bit more pedantic and fussy about all the details. Precision matters in maths! In many cases we are looking at areas we have covered before, but in Year 11 we will go into more depth. This is a subject for students who like maths, feel it is one of their strengths and want to develop their skills in this area.
Click here to watch Ms Tilley discuss Maths Methods with Beth Jackson and Ari Milke.
What will I do in class?
In most classes a new mathematical concept will be introduced and you will have time to discuss this and work through examples with your teacher and class mates. You will have some time to work on practise problems in class while asking your teacher for assistance.
How much homework will I have?
Most of the essential practise exercise work will need to be completed for homework. You would have at least 45 minutes of homework on each night you have maths class, with more over the weekend and leading up to assessments.
How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?
To gain an S for any VCE subject you need to demonstrate that you have met the Outcomes. In Maths Methods, the Outcomes all involve being able to apply the mathematics studied in the course; in routine situations, in more complex application problems and using technology (your CAS calculator).
You will meet the Outcomes through your results on topic tests for each topic (6 – 7 topic tests per Unit, one about every 2-3 weeks), participation in class discussions, and completion of coursework.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to define and explain key concepts as specified in the content from the areas of study, and apply a range of related mathematical routines and procedures.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply mathematical processes in non-routine contexts, including situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches, and analyse and discuss these applications of mathematics.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to use numerical, graphical, symbolic and statistical functionalities of technology to develop mathematical ideas, produce results and carry out analysis in situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches.