Three courses are offered to Year 10 students, they closely follow the Senior Mathematics curriculum.
Mathematics A covers arithmetic, trigonometry, statistics, co-ordinate geometry and some basic algebra; it concentrates on mathematics in real life situations, practical problem solving and communicating mathematically. Students completing this course will be go on to study Mathematics A or Prevocational Mathematics (if offered) in QSA. Mathematics A does not lead into Mathematics Studies (Standard Level) in the IB Diploma.
Mathematics B is designed to prepare students for the study of Mathematics B in Years 11 and 12, as well as Mathematical Studies (Standard level) in the IB Diploma Programme. Mathematics B covers topics such as advanced algebra, trigonometry and co-ordinate geometry with an emphasis on Mathematical applications.
Mathematics C is designed to extend the top Mathematics students. The course covers advanced algebra, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry and the study of functions as well as extension topics such as surds, matrices and vectors. The emphasis will also be on mathematical applications. Students in this course will go on to study Mathematics B (and Mathematics C) for QSA in senior years or Mathematics (Standard Level or Higher) in the IB Diploma.
Students in Years 11 & 12 at Townsville Grammar School can choose from the following Mathematics subjects:
Mathematics A is an Authority subject and develops the skills needed to make decisions which affect students' everyday lives, providing a good general background for many areas of tertiary study. Topics covered include Managing Money, Data Collection and Presentation, and Maps and Compasses.
Mathematics B is an Authority subject in which advanced mathematical skills are developed and is designed to raise the students' competence in and confidence with mathematics. The subject outline includes topics such as Rates of Change, Periodic Functions and Applications, and Logarithmic Functions and Applications and Statistics.
Mathematics C gives the students the opportunity to develop their full mathematical potential and is an Authority subject. Topics studied include Real and Complex Number Systems, Matrices and Applications of Calculus.
Prevocational Mathematics is an Authority Registered subject. It is designed to provide students with a relevant and practical mathematical base for life after school.
Years 11 and 12 - International Baccalaureate Mathematics
(For students studying the International Baccalaureate)
IB Mathematics SL
This course caters for students who already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts and who have the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly. The majority of these students will expect to need a sound mathematics background for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business administration. The Mathematics SL course covers the topics of algebra, functions, calculus, matrices, vectors and statistics. The level of calculus in this course includes basic rules for differentiation and integration with applications to finance, area, volume, optimisation, curve sketching and kinematics.
IB Mathematical Studies SL
This course caters for students with varied backgrounds and abilities in Mathematics; they are equipped with fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basic processes. It is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies. Students taking this course need to be already equipped with fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basic processes.
Note: All Year 10 Extension/Mathematics B and Years 11 and 12 Mathematics B students use a Casio Graphics Calculator as the technology requirement of their courses. Please consult the relevant booklist for the make and model numbers.
Further information on Mathematics subjects are contained in the Subject Selection Handbooks available here.
IB Mathematics HL
This course caters for students with a good background in mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills. Students embarking on this course will develop insight into mathematical form and structure, and should be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between concepts in different topic areas. The majority of these students will be expecting to include mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology. The nature of the subject is such that it focuses on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent and rigorous way. Students are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to solving problems set in a variety of meaningful contexts. Development of each topic will feature justification and proof of results.