# 12 VCE Further Mathematics (12MFM1)

#### The Course

Mathematics is the study of function and pattern in number, logic, space and structure. It provides both a framework for thinking and a means of symbolic communication that is powerful, logical, concise and precise. It also provides a means by which you can understand and manage your environment.
Essential mathematical activities include calculating and computing, abstracting, conjecturing, proving, applying, investigating, modelling, and problem posing and solving.
This study is designed to provide access to worthwhile and challenging mathematical learning in a way which takes into account the needs and aspirations of a wide range of students. It is also designed to promote students awareness of the importance of mathematics in everyday life in a technological society, and confidence in making effective use of mathematical ideas, techniques and processes.
Units 3 & 4 Further Maths consists of two areas of study. The first is a compulsory core unit which looks at data analysis and recursion and financial modelling. The second unit is Applications. Two applications topics are chosen- Matrices, Networks and Decision Mathematics.

#### Unit 3 Topics

•  Data Analysis
•  Recursion & Financial Modelling

#### Unit 4 Topics

Students will complete two modules from the following topics:

• Matrices
• Networks and Decision Mathematics

#### Learning and Assessment Activities

• School assessed coursework (SAC's) x4: Application and modelling style tasks
• End of Year Exams x2: Multiple choice and short answer style questios
• School-assessed Coursework for Unit 3 and Unit 4 will contribute 20% and 14% respectively to the study score.
• The examinations will each contribute 33% to the study score

Further Mathematics is a pre-requisite for many university courses. The course content is also very useful for those who are planning to enter a TAFE course or the workforce.

#### Special considerations

Before undertaking VCE Further Maths, you should have satisfactorily completed Year 11 General Mathematics, Year 11 Math Methods or Year 11 Pre-Specialist and demonstrated sufficient competency in all skill areas. You must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.

#### Costs involved

• CAS Calculator Approx \$220 (available second hand from \$70)
• Edrolo Online Access and Textbook \$110
• Exercise Book (x2)
• Stationery including a ruler

#### Materials required

• Edrolo Online Access & Textbook
• CAS Calculator
• Exercise Book x2 (summary theory and questions book)
• Stationery including a ruler

#### For further information see...

Please speak to Ms Werner, Ms Marx or Mr Sandhu