General Mathematics provides courses of study for a broad range of students and may be implemented in a number of ways. Some students will not study Mathematics beyond Units 1 and 2, while others will intend to study Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4. Others will also be studying Mathematics Methods Units 1 and 2 or Mathematics Methods Computer Algebra System (CAS) Units 1 and 2 and intend to study Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4, or Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 3 and 4 and, in some cases, Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4 as well.
The areas of study for Unit 1 and Unit 2 of General Mathematics are ‘Arithmetic’, ‘Data analysis and simulation’, ‘Algebra’, ‘Graphs of linear and non-linear relations’, ‘Decision and business mathematics’ and ‘Geometry and trigonometry’.
Units 1 and 2 are to be constructed to suit the range of students entering the study by selecting material from the six areas of study using the following rules:
• for each unit, material covers four or more topics selected from at least three different areas of study;
• courses intended to provide preparation for study at the Units 3 and 4 level should include selection of material from areas of study which provide a suitable background for these studies;
• selected material from an area of study provide a clear progression in key knowledge and key skills from Unit 1 to Unit 2.
The appropriate use of technology to support and develop the teaching and learning of mathematics is to be incorporated throughout the course. This will include the use of some of the following technologies for various areas of study or topics: graphics calculators, spreadsheets, graphing packages, dynamic geometry systems, statistical analysis systems, and computer algebra systems.