Mathematics

Mathematics is a powerful tool which can be used to understand relationships and patterns.  It is the study of patterns in number and space in both specific and general cases. In VCE Mathematics students have the opportunity to extend the skills already learnt with challenging mathematical learning activities. Students will learn, practice and apply these routines in investigative projects, analysis tasks and in real situations.

All courses involve the use of technology with CAS calculators.

Swan Hill College offers a range of Mathematics courses to suit different abilities and pathways. It is important to consider your past performance and type of mathematics already studied when making choices. Carefully read the pathway choices and discuss with your current mathematics teacher as well as your parents before making a decision.

It is important to choose the right type of mathematics as many tertiary institutions have pre-requisites for courses.

The Australian Mathematics Competition is run every year and all students are encouraged to participate. It has a nominal fee.

 

VCE General Mathematics 1 & 2
Unit 1

Course Outline

This unit covers four modules of work.  Questions are often based on real life situations and rely on investigations with a CAS calculator.  Work is covered and assessed in modules which reflect how the work is assessed in Further Mathematics 3&4.  Work is assessed in three areas, understanding, calculations and use of technology.

 

Areas of Study

· Comparative Data

· Investigative Data

· Measurement

· Sequences and Series

Unit 2

Course Outline

This unit also covers four more modules of work, again with a relevance to real life situations.  The same emphasis is placed in assessment with students having to still demonstrate understanding, calculations and use of technology in each assessment.

 

Areas of Study

· Finance

· Trigonometry

· Matrices

· Networks and Graphs

Special requirement: Students must have a CAS calculator to study this subject.  Cost: approximately $210.
Preparation Subjects Subjects to do Next
Year 10 Mathematics VCE Further Mathematics 3&4
For further advice:  Tania Merritt
VCE Mathematical Methods 1 & 2

This subject builds on previous algebraic skills and covers the areas of graphs, functions, calculus and probability. The course is designed as a preparation for Units 3 & 4 of Mathematical Methods.

 

Unit 1

Areas of Study

· Functions and Graphs

· Algebra

Unit 2

Areas of Study

· Rates of Change and Calculus

· Probability

Special requirement: Students must have a CAS calculator to study this subject.

 

Cost: approximately $205.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further advice: Bridget Dedini

VCE Specialist Mathematics 1 & 2
Subject description

Specialist Mathematics Units 1 and 2 provide a course of study for students who wish to undertake an in-depth study of mathematics, with an emphasis on concepts, skills and processes related to mathematical structure, modelling, problem solving and reasoning.

 

Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2 and Specialist Mathematics Units 1 and 2, taken in conjunction, provide a comprehensive preparation for Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4.

 

Unit 1

Areas of Study

· Graphs of non-linear relations

· Kinematics

· Geometry

· Principles of counting

Unit 2

Areas of Study

· Vectors

· Graph theory

· Number systems and recursion

· Statistics

Special requirement: Students must have a CAS calculator to study this subject.

 

Cost: approximately $205.

 

 

 

 
For further advice: Hayden Hogan, Sara Hall, Bridget Dedini