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Stage 1 General Mathematics

Course Length: 10-credit or 20-credit
Learning Area: Mathematics

Where does it lead?

General Mathematics is a subject suitable for those students who want an understanding of the practical uses of mathematics in the business world or in the social sciences. It is therefore ideal for those students who wish to pursue courses such as Health Science, Business, Architecture, Building and Design, Law and Legal studies.  Successful completion of this subject at Stage 2 prepares students for entry to tertiary courses requiring a non-specialised background in mathematics.


It is assumed that students will have successfully completed Year 10 Mathematics. 20 Credits of General Mathematics is the minimum prerequisite for Stage 2 General Mathematics.

What is in the course?

The course aims to introduce students to real life applications of mathematics in aspects of business and financial literacy.  In this subject there is an emphasis on consolidating students’ computational and algebraic skills and expanding their ability to reason and analyse mathematically.  Extensive use of the graphics calculator is made to provide numerical results or graphical representations.  Then, as in all mathematical courses, there is the need to understand the mathematical concepts, to organise information, solve problems and communicate outcomes using appropriate language and symbols.

General Mathematics extends students’ mathematical skills in ways that apply to practical problem solving.  A problem-based approach is integral to the development of mathematical models and the associated key ideas in the topics.  These topics cover a diverse range of applications of mathematics, including personal financial management, measurement and trigonometry, the statistical investigation process, modelling using linear and non-linear functions, and discrete modelling using networks and matrices.

Stage 1 General Mathematics consists of the following six topics: Investing and Borrowing, Statistical Investigation, Measurement, Matrices and Networks, Applications of Trigonometry, Linear Equations (Functions) and their Graphs.


  • Skills and Application Tasks
  • Mathematical Investigations
  • Examination


  • A 10 credit course of mathematics where a C grade or higher is achieved is compulsory to meet SACE numeracy requirements.
  • 20 Credits of Stage 1 General Mathematics or Stage 1 Mathematical Methods is assumed knowledge for Stage 2 General Mathematics.


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