Year 10 Mathematics

Rationale

Mathematics education is a core part of preparing students to operate successfully in society. We assist each student to better grasp the elegance and usefulness of Mathematics in every day life, and it can add to student’s appreciation of God and the wonders of His creation.

Three streams are available: a Specialist Stream, Mathematics, and a Further Stream.  Each is designed to prepare students for further study of Mathematics during the VCE years.  At the start of the year, each student is placed in a course based on their level of performance during the Year 9 Mathematics course.

Course Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Show understanding of the fundamental concepts involved in each topic.
  • Make appropriate use of technology, including scientific and computer algebra system (CAS) calculators.
  • Apply mathematical skills to practical situations.

Content – Specialist Stream

This course is for able students of Mathematics.  Students who are accelerating in VCE Mathematical Methods 1 & 2 are expected to take this concurrently with their VCE study.

The topics of Geometry, Rational and Irrational Numbers, Indices and Logarithms, Linear Relationships, Quadratic Relationships, Trigonometry, Probability, Statistics, Polynomials and Measurement are studied.  Students will also be shown how to use a CAS calculator and given extension work where appropriate.

Content – Mathematics

This course is for students who are of standard Year 10 ability in Mathematics.  It covers a broad range of topics necessary for preparation for Units 1 & 2 of VCE Mathematical Methods or VCE General Mathematics.

The topics of Geometry, Financial Mathematics, Algebra, Linear Relationships, Non-Linear Relationships, Trigonometry, Probability, Statistics, and Measurement are studied.  Students will also be shown how to use a CAS calculator.

Content – Further Stream

This course is for students who find Mathematics difficult.  It does not cover the breadth of the other two Year 10 Mathematics courses and students are not required to study topics to the same depth as in the other courses.  The course will sufficiently prepare students who are planning to study Units 1 & 2 VCE General Mathematics.

Topics covered are Linear Relationships, Measurement, Trigonometry, Algebra, Statistics, Geometry, Probability and Financial Mathematics.  Students will also be shown how to use a CAS calculator.

Assessment

Assessment tasks for each course include:

  • Maths Mate homework sheets and tests
  • Topic tests
  • Investigative projects
  • Problem solving tasks
  • Semester examination