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 Mathematical Methods 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 Essential Mathematics 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 Essential Mathematics focuses on the key domains of: number, data, location and time, measurement and finance.
General Mathematics develops mathematical competence required for intelligent citizenship and to foster positive attitudes towards involvement in mathematical inquiry. To achieve this, the study of General Mathematics focuses on the topics of: number and algebra, geometry and trigonometry, graphs and networks, and statistics. The General Mathematics course offered at Toowoomba Christian College also aims to assist students in their preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and is able to satisfy the mathematical prerequisite for a number of university courses.
Mathematical Methods builds on and develops foundations that have been laid in Junior High Mathematics, especially in algebraic manipulation and functions and their applications. Additional topics include calculus and periodic functions amongst others. It is important to note that this advanced level mathematics subject is a prerequisite for some university courses including engineering and several science degrees.
All Mathematics courses emphasise 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.