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Mathematics - Essential Mathematics

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Applied senior subject

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.

Pathways

A course of study in Essential Mathematics can establish a basis for further education and employment in the fields of trade, industry, business and community services. Students learn within a practical context related to general employment and successful participation in society, drawing on the mathematics used by various professional and industry groups.

Objectives

By the conclusion of the course of study, students will:

  • select, recall and use facts, rules, definitions and procedures drawn from Number, Data, Location and time, Measurement and Finance
  • comprehend mathematical concepts and techniques drawn from Number, Data, Location and time, Measurement and Finance
  • communicate using mathematical, statistical and everyday language and conventions
  • evaluate the reasonableness of solutions
  • justify procedures and decisions by explaining mathematical reasoning
  • solve problems by applying mathematical concepts and techniques drawn from Number, Data, Location and time, Measurement and Finance.


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Last reviewed 24 June 2020
Last updated 24 June 2020