When choosing mathematics subjects, it is also important to bear in mind the following:

- Consider the advice of your current mathematics teacher.
- Previous difficulties encountered with mathematics. The learning and understanding of mathematics is cumulative. It is therefore necessary to be realistic in subject choices especially if difficulty has been experienced with mathematics in the past.
- Carefully note the mathematics prerequisites for tertiary courses, especially information given in fine print about the possible need for bridging subjects. There is evidence to suggest that students who do a bridging course instead of studying the subject in Year 12 tend to struggle with the course.
- Earlier ‘success’ in mathematics due to rote learning does not provide a firm foundation for future studies in this subject. Mathematics is a language requiring an increased knowledge, understanding, awareness and appreciation of its vocabulary and syntax for higher-level studies.
- Mathematics and statistics are included in many university courses.
- The growing popularity of mathematics in double degrees, for example, maths and finance, maths and law as well as in commerce and engineering.

Mathematics Pathways

*PLC offers the following options for mathematics: *

**WACE ATAR options:**

- Double mathematics for university entry to specialist courses such as Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics
- Year 11 – Mathematics Methods Unit 1 & 2 and Mathematics Specialist Units 1 & 2
- Year 12 – Mathematics Methods Unit 3 & 4 and Mathematics Specialist Units 3 & 4

- Single mathematics for university courses where further mathematics is likely to be needed such as Medicine, Commerce, Law and Physiotherapy.
- Year 11 – Mathematics Methods Unit 1 & 2
- Year 12 – Mathematics Methods Unit 3 & 4

- Single mathematics for further education and training or university entry where further mathematics is unlikely to be needed such as Counselling and Journalism.
- Year 11 – Mathematics Applications Unit 1 & 2
- Year 12 – Mathematics Applications Unit 3 & 4

**WACE General options:**

- Single mathematics for students to develop general mathematical skills for further training or employment such as TAFE and Hospitality
- Year 11 – Mathematics Essentials Unit 1 & 2
- Year 12 – Mathematics Essentials Unit 3 & 4

Mathematics Methods – Year 11 ATAR

This course focuses on the use of calculus and statistical analysis. The study of calculus provides the basis for understanding rates of change in the physical world, and includes the use of functions, their derivatives and integrals, in modelling physical processes. The study of statistics develops students’ ability to describe and analyse phenomena that involve uncertainty and variation.

**Unit 1 and 2**

By the end of these units, students:

- understand the concepts and techniques in algebra, functions, graphs, trigonometric functions, counting , probability, sequences and series and calculus
- solve problems in algebra, functions, graphs, trigonometric functions, counting , probability, sequences and series and calculus
- apply reasoning skills in algebra, functions, graphs, trigonometric functions, counting , probability, sequences and series and calculus
- interpret and evaluate mathematical and statistical information and ascertain the reasonableness of their solutions to problems
- communicate their arguments and strategies when solving problems.

Mathematics Methods – Year 12 ATAR

**Unit 3 and 4**

By the end of these units, students:

- understand the concepts and techniques in calculus, probability, statistics
- solve problems in calculus, probability, statistics
- apply reasoning skills in calculus, probability, statistics
- nterpret and evaluate mathematical and statistical information and ascertain the reasonableness of their solutions to problems
- communicate their arguments and strategies when solving problems.