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YEAR 9 MATHEMATICS

Mathematics has the power to shape the future of a society. It is the basis of many activities related to everyday living — from shopping to advances in space travel. Mathematics assists us to develop strategies for managing time and money, interpreting data, estimating and taking measurements, giving and following directions, making calculations and determining the probabilities of events.

#### The aims for students at Loganlea State High School are:

• to become resilient, confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens

• to develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes, and are able to pose and solve problems and reason in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability

• to recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study.

#### Course Outline:

In Mathematics, the key ideas are the proficiency strands of understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning. The proficiency strands describe the actions in which students can engage when learning and using the content. While not all proficiency strands apply to every content description, they indicate the breadth of

mathematical actions that teachers can emphasise. The content strands are number and algebra, measurement and geometry and statistics and probability. They describe what will be taught and learnt.

#### Assessment:

Students will be assessed each semester using a Problem Solving and Modelling Task (PSMT), end of term exam and end of semester Exam.

#### Calculator:

A scientific calculator is required as it is an essential tool for every maths student – a two-line display calculator is preferred (recommended CASIO FX82AU PLUS II Scientific Calculator).

#### Future Pathways:

This subject is compulsory at all year levels. Students in year 10 can choose to study 10 Maths or 10 Advanced Maths. Students planning to pursue university study should aim to achieve a B or higher in 9 Maths to be eligible

for 10 Advanced Maths.

# SENIOR MATHEMATICS

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