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Mathematical methods

Level: 12 Stage 2
School code: 12MHS
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 2MHS20
SACE credits: 20


Consistent C+ grades or better in Stage 1 Mathematics 1, 2 and 3 and Consistent C+ grade in the Semester Exams in Stage 1 Mathematics 1, 2 and 3.

Subject descriptor:

Mathematical Methods is a full year (20 credits) subject. This course is part of the new Stage 2 Australian Curriculum.

Stage 2 Mathematical Methods consists of the following six topics:

  • Topic 1: Further Differentiation and Applications
  • Topic 2: Discrete Random Variables
  • Topic 3: Integral Calculus
  • Topic 4: Logarithmic Functions
  • Topic 5: Continuous Random Variables and the Normal Distribution
  • Topic 6: Sampling and Confidence Intervals.

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 sciences. When studied together with Specialist Mathematics, this subject can be a pathway to engineering, physical science, and laser physics.


There are two main components that form the assessment:

School Assessment

for this there are two components:

  • Skills and Assessment Tasks
  • Folio Investigations

External Assessment

  • 3 hour examination
Assessment Type Possible Number of Items in Semester 1 Approximate Weightings of Each Assessment Type
Skills and Assessment Tasks (Tests) 6 50%
Folio Tasks 1 20%
External Assessment:
3 hour examination
1 30%

Special requirements:

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

Estimated subject fees:


Item Price
Graphics Calculator
(if previously unowned)
Revision Guide $25
Worked Solutions $45