Stage 2

Mathematical Methods

Assumed Knowledge



‘B’ grade or better in 3 Stage 1 Pure Maths courses 1, 2, and 3 or 4 , including ‘B’ grades in the exams.​

Focus Capabilities

Communication, Citizenship, Personal Development, Work, Learning.

Related Subject
Subject Description

Mathematical Methods develops an increasingly complex and sophisticated understanding of calculus and statistics.  By using functions and their derivatives and integrals, and by mathematically modelling physical processes, students develop a deep understanding of the physical world through a sound knowledge of relationships involving rates of change.  Students use statistics to describe and analyse phenomena that involve uncertainty and variation.

Mathematical Methods provides the foundation for further study in mathematics, economics, computer sciences, and the sciences.  It prepares students for courses and careers that may involve the use of statistics, such as health or social sciences.  When studied together with Specialist Mathematics, this subject can be a pathway to engineering, physical science, and laser physics.


  • Topic 1:  Further differentiation

  • Topic 2:  Discreet Random Variables

  • Topic 3:  Integral Calculus

  • Topic 4:  Logarithmic Functions

  • Topic 5:  Continuous Random Variables and the Normal Distribution

  • Topic 6:  Sampling and Confidence Intervals                                 

​All topics require the effective and efficient use of a graphic calculator.

Course Fees


Additional Costs

Students are required to purchase the following: Revision Guide (Approximate cost $30.00) & a Graphics Calculator (Approximate cost $240.00) preferably a Casio fx-CG50AU, Casio fx-CG20 AU, or a Casio fx9860G AU PLUS.

Assessment Type 1:

Skills & Applications Tasks: 6 Tests.

Assessment Type 2:

Mathematical Investigations: 1 Folio.

Assessment Type 3:

External Assessment: 2 Hour External Examination.

Assessment Type 4:


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