12 Mathematical Methods

SACE Stage 2:  20 Credits / 2 Semesters / Mathematics

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/mathematical-methods/stage-2

Pre-Requisite: This subject is intended for selection by students who have achieved a grade of 'C' or better in Year 11 Mathematical Methods 1, 2, and 3. An achievement level of 'B' or better in Year 11 Mathematical Methods 1, 2, and 3 is highly recommended.


Mathematical methods develops an increasingly complex and sophisticated understanding of calculus and statistics. By using functions and their derivatives and integrals, and by mathematically modelling physical processes, students develop a deep understanding of the physical world through a sound knowledge of relationships involving rates of change. Students use statistics to describe and analyse phenomena that involve uncertainty and variation. Mathematical Methods provides the foundation for further study in mathematics, economics, computer sciences, and the sciences. It prepares students for courses and careers that may involve the use of statistics, such as health or veterinary sciences.

Topics include

     working with statistics 
     working with differential and integral calculus

Each topic consists of a number of subtopics, which are presented as key questions and ideas.



A variety of tasks allow students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through
   •  teamwork and collaboration  
   •  innovation and creativity 
   •  critical thinking and problem solving 
   •  effective oral and written communication  
   •  knowledge and understanding 

Assessment tasks include: 
   •  skills and applications tasks (school-based tests) – 50%
   •  mathematical investigation – 20%
   •  examination (a 2-hour external assessment task) – 30%

Additional Information

Note that participation in this course requires the purchase of a graphics calculator - Heathfield High School uses the Casio fx-CG50 AU calculators.

To be successful in this subject a significant amount of study is required outside of the classroom.

Last updated: June 2023