The Years Seven and Eight Mathematics course is designed to meet two objectives. Firstly, it reviews and consolidates students’ understandings of fundamental concepts in areas including numeracy skills and geometric conceptions, thus laying solid foundations for future mathematical studies. Secondly, it provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics and issues in which mathematics plays a part.
The development of clear mathematical communication skills (both written and spoken) and the fostering of a growing appreciation of our Creator as a result of mathematical inquiries are also key aims of this course. Through a study of Mathematics, students shall see that God is a rational God, who delights in order, and thus has created physical and mathematical rules that the students can discover, learn about, and apply to the world He created.
Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.
Through a study of Mathematics, students shall see that God is a rational God, who delights in order, and thus has created physical and mathematical rules that the students can discover, learn about, and apply to the world He created.
Mathematics is useful in a wide variety of jobs. Specifically, Mathematics can lead to jobs in the medical, engineering, financial, or aviation sectors, in the area of the four sciences, computer science and in the area of statistics.
Mathematics Extension is offered in addition to Mathematics to students in Year Ten only. Year Ten Mathematics Extension is designed for students who have demonstrated either an above-average mathematical ability in Year Nine or who have a keen interest in the subject. It is recommended that students who would like to study Mathematics B in Years Eleven and Twelve study Mathematics Extension in Year Ten. It is recommended that students considering studying Mathematics Extension achieve a minimum ‘B’ grade in Year Nine Mathematics.
The basic rationale of Mathematics A is to develop mathematical competence required for intelligent citizenship and to foster positive attitudes towards involvement in mathematical inquiry. To achieve this, the study of Mathematics A focuses on three strands: Financial Maths, Applied Geometry and Probability and Statistics. The Mathematics A course offered at Toowoomba Christian College also includes a basic algebra unit to further assist students in their preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
Mathematics A emphasises group work, mathematical modelling and problem solving through the application of mathematical concepts and strategies to real-life scenarios. The development of communication skills, both about and with mathematics, and the fostering of a growing appreciation of our Creator as a result of mathematical inquiries are key aims of this course.
Mathematics B builds on and develops foundations that have been laid in Junior High Mathematics, especially in algebraic manipulation, functions and their applications and financial mathematics. New to students in this subject are topics such as calculus and periodic functions. It is important to note that Mathematics B is a prerequisite for some university courses including engineering and several science degrees.
Mathematics B is suited to students who have studied Year 10 Mathematics Extension.