What is it and why should I do it?
General Mathematics has a focus on more practical mathematical topics. The Core of the subject involves working with Statistics and Data Analysis, and there is also a major component of Financial Mathematics. Other topics covered include Linear Relations and Equations, Number Patterns and Recursions, Linear Programming, Shape and Measurement, and Applications of Trigonometry. General Maths prepares students for Further Maths Units 3 & 4.
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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 time to work on practice problems in class while asking your teacher for assistance.
How much homework will I have?
Much of the essential practice exercise work will need to be completed for homework. You would have at least 30 minutes of homework on each night you have maths class, with more leading up to tests and exams.
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 General Maths, 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 (roughly 4 topic tests per Unit, one about every 4 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.