12 Mathematical Methods

SACE Stage 2:  20 Credits / 2 Semesters / Advanced Technologies

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

Pre-Requisite:  An achievement level of 'B' or better in Stage 1 Mathematics 1, Stage 1 Mathematics 2 and Stage 1 Mathematics 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 social.

Topics may 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.



Evidence of learning 

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)
   •  folio (school-based Investigations/Projects) 
   •  examination (a 3-hour external assessment task)

Students who complete this subject with a C- or better will meet the numeracy requirement of the SACE. 

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

Additional Information

Costs: $30 text book - – subject to change in 2020

An approved graphics calculator is required. A graphics calculator or Casio Fx-CG20AU.