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Essential Mathematics

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​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? No (Applied subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4


What is  Essential Mathematics ?

Essential Mathematics’ major domains are Number, Data, Location and time, Measurement and Finance. 

Essential Mathematics benefits students because they develop skills that go beyond the traditional ideas of numeracy.

Students develop their conceptual understanding when they undertake tasks that require them to connect mathematical concepts, operations and relations. They learn to recognise definitions, rules and facts from everyday mathematics and data, and to calculate using appropriate mathematical   processes.

Students interpret and use mathematics to make informed predictions and decisions about personal and financial priorities. This is achieved through an emphasis on estimation, problem-solving and  reasoning, which develops students into thinking citizens. 

What makes a student suited to Essential Mathematics ?

  • Students who achieve success in Essential Mathematics are those who: 
  • Require numeracy development rather than formal mathematics for future pathways 
  • Find mathematics difficult and required support for success in Junior Mathematics 
  • Struggle with examinations 

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

Nil

What is the cost of this subject?

Nil - all costs covered by the Student Resource Scheme.

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • Scientific Calculator
  • A4 exercise book for class use 
  • A4 bound notebook for Cornell Note taking
  • A4 Box File with zip
  • Internet Access for digital textbook access

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Statistics
Mensuration (Measurement)
Pythagoras and trigonometry
Geometric proofs
Summative internal assessment 1
• Problem-solving and modelling task
Summative internal assessment 2:
• End of semester examination
 Semester 2
Financial mathematics
Probability
Number
Summative internal assessment 3
• Exam/Problem-solving and modelling task
Summative internal assessment 4:
• End of semester examination
Year 11Unit 1Number, data and graphs
• Fundamental topic: Calculations
• Number
• Representing data
• Graphs
Formative internal assessment 1:
• Problem-solving and modelling task
Formative internal assessment 2:
• Examination
Unit 2Money, travel and data
• Fundamental topic: Calculations
• Managing money
• Time and motion
• Data collection
Formative internal assessment 3:
• Problem-solving and modelling task
Formative internal assessment 4:
• Examination
Year 12Unit 3Measurement, scales and data
• Fundamental topic: Calculations
• Measurement
• Scales, plans and models
• Summarising and comparing data
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):
• Problem-solving and modelling task
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):
• Common internal assessment (CIA)
Unit 4Graphs, chance and loans
• Fundamental topic: Calculations
• Bivariate graphs
• Probability and relative frequencies
• Loans and compound interest
Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3):
• Problem-solving and modelling task
Summative internal assessment (IA4):
• Examination



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Last reviewed 13 September 2019
Last updated 13 September 2019