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General mathematics

Level: 12 Stage 2
School code: 12MGM
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 2MGM20
SACE credits: 20

Prerequisites:

Consistent C+ grades or better required in Stage 1 General Mathematics A and B and Consistent C+ grades in the Semester Exams for Stage 1 General Mathematics A and B.

Subject descriptor:

General Mathematics is a full year (20 credit) subject that extends students’ mathematical skills in ways that apply to practical problem-solving. A problem-based approach is integral to the development of mathematical models and the associated key concepts in the topics.

These topics cover a diverse range of applications of mathematics, including personal financial management, the statistical investigation process, modelling using linear and non-linear functions, and discrete modelling using networks and matrices. Successful completion of this subject at Stage 2 prepares students for entry to tertiary courses requiring a non-specialised background in mathematics.

Stage 2 General Mathematics consists of the following six topics:

  • Topic 1: Modelling with Linear Relationships
  • Topic 2: Modelling with Matrices
  • Topic 3: Statistical Models
  • Topic 4: Financial Models
  • Topic 5: Discrete Models
  • Topic 6: Open Topic

Students study five topics from the list of six topics above. All students must study topics 1, 3, 4, and 5.

Assessment:

There are two main components that form the assessment:

Assessment Type Possible Number of Items in Semester 1 Approximate Weightings of Each Assessment Type
Skills & Applications Tasks (SATs) 5 40%
Investigations / Folio Tasks 2 30%
External Assessment 2 hour Examination 1 30%

External Assessment

2 hour examination at the end of the year, based on topics 1, 3, 4 and 5.

Special requirements:

Graphics Calculator - Casio 9860G – AU plus OR CG20AU.

Estimated subject fees:

Item Cost
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(if previously unowned)
$200
Revision Guide $25