**Length:** Single Semester (Semester 1 or Semester 2)**Contact:** Maths Leader**Recommended Background**

Successful completion of Year 9 Mathematics.**Course Description**

This course is designed for students who plan to study Stage 2 Mathematics. The course will focus on the development of skills in mathematical problem-solving, reasoning and proof, communication and representation. The content through which these valuable, contemporary skills are developed will vary according to both student need and interest. This course will teach students not only to solve problems but also to learn about mathematics through problem-solving*, supporting them to develop the deeper conceptual understanding necessary to make connections between mathematical ideas.

Students will work independently and collaboratively, learning to explain their ideas and respond to the ideas of others. They will be challenged to develop their tolerance of difficulty as this is an essential in a problem-solving disposition, because being “stuck” is an inevitable stage in resolving just about any problem.

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*A problem in mathematics is any situation that must be resolved using mathematical tools but for which there is no immediately obvious strategy. If the way forward is obvious, it’s not a problem—it is a straightforward application.*

**Assessment**

Assessment types include assignments, investigations and audio and/or video presentations. Assessment modes will include both individual and collaborative approaches.

**Note:**All students will require a scientific calculator and it could be advantageous for students to have access to a graphics calculator. Teachers will make recommendations as appropriate, considering students future mathematics pathway.

**Leads To**

Stage 1 Mathematics – General

Stage 1 Mathematics – Methods

Stage 1 Mathematics – Specialist