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11-12 Mathematics syllabus

Mathematics General
Stage 6 syllabus - Preliminary and HSC courses - 2012
The purpose of the courses is to provide an appropriate mathematical background for students who wish to enter occupations that require the use of a variety of mathematical and statistical techniques. As well as introducing some new mathematical content, the various Focus Studies within the courses give students the opportunity to apply, and develop further, the knowledge, skills and understanding initially developed in the various Strands: Financial Mathematics, Data and Statistics, Measurement, Probability, and Algebra and Modelling. Through the Focus Studies, students develop the capacity to integrate their knowledge, skills and understanding across the Strands in contemporary contexts chosen for their ongoing relevance to the students’ everyday lives and likely vocational pathways. (Syllabus, page 6)

Link icon General mathematics syllabus on the Board of Studies website

Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1
Stage 6 syllabus - Preliminary and HSC courses - 1982
The Mathematics course (previously known as 2 Unit Mathematics) is intended to give students an understanding of and competence in some further aspects of mathematics which are applicable to the real world. It is sufficient basis for further studies in mathematics as a minor discipline at tertiary level in support of courses such as the life sciences or commerce.

The Mathematics Extension 1 course (previously known as 3 Unit Mathematics) includes the whole of the Mathematics course and extensions. This course is intended to give students a thorough understanding of and competence in aspects of mathematics including many which are applicable to the real world. Both courses contain fundamental ideas of algebra and calculus.

Link icon Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1 syllabus on the Board of Studies website

Mathematics Extension 2
Stage 6 syllabus - Preliminary and HSC courses - 1989
The Mathematics Extension 2 course (previously known as 4 Unit Mathematics) includes the whole of the Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1 courses and extension. It is designed for students with a special interest in mathematics who have shown a special aptitude for the subject. It represents a distinctly high level of school mathematics involving deep understanding of the fundamental ideas of algebra and calculus.

Link icon Mathematics Extension 2 syllabus on the Board of Studies website

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