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Problem solving is an integral part of all topics covered in Mathematics at Townsville Grammar School. This key learning area allows the students many opportunities to read, write and speak mathematically, thereby developing an enjoyment of Mathematics and the ability to explore and use mathematics in a variety of contexts and applications.
All Year 7 students are taught Mathematics in mixed ability groups and cover a wide range of foundation concepts from Maths Mate. Topics include: number, measurement, fractions, patterns, algebra and geometry, chance and data. Problem Solving features authentic problems which require creatively designed solutions, using a balance of written work and technology.
All Year 8 students are taught Mathematics in mixed ability groups for Term 1 and then grouped according to their Year 7 performance with the majority studying Extension Mathematics. Topics covered include decimals, percentages, fractions, probability and statistics, algebra and geometry.
Year 9 students are grouped according to their Year 8 performance with the majority studying Extension Mathematics. Areas studied include volumes and surface areas, algebra, trigonometry and percentages and applications. Some students will study Core Mathematics.
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 QCAA.
Mathematics B is designed to prepare students for the study of Mathematics B in Years 11 and 12. 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 some extension topics such as surds and inequities. The emphasis will also be on mathematical applications. Students in this course will go on to study Mathematics B (and Mathematics C) for QCAA in senior years or Mathematics (Standard Level) in the IB Diploma.
Year 11 and Year 12
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.
International Baccalaureate Mathematics
(For students studying the International Baccalaureate in Years 11 and 12)
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.
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.
- For Year 7–12 students the Australian Mathematics Competition is held in July
- Year 7–10 students can enter the Mathematics Challenge in Term 2
- Some students are involved in the Enrichment Stage of the Mathematics Challenge
- Townsville Grammar School enters a team in the Pacific Coal QAMT Year 8 Quiz
- Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend the QAMT Mathematics Camp in August
Further information on Mathematics subjects are contained in the Subject Selection Handbooks.