# VCE Mathematics

Mathematics is the study of function and pattern in number, logic, space and structure. It provides both a framework for thinking and a means of symbolic communication that is powerful, logical, concise and precise. It also provides a means by which people can understand and manage their environment. Essential mathematical activities include calculating and computing, abstracting, conjecturing, proving, applying, investigating, modelling, and problem posing and solving.

This study is designed to provide access to worthwhile and challenging mathematical learning in a way which takes into account the needs and aspirations of a wide range of students. It is also designed to promote students' awareness of the importance of mathematics in everyday life in a technological society, and confidence in making effective use of mathematical ideas, techniques and processes.

**Structure**

The study is made up of 12 units:

Units 1 and 2: Foundation Mathematics

General Mathematics

Mathematical Methods Computer Algebra System (CAS)

Units 3 and 4: Further Mathematics

Mathematical Methods (CAS)

Specialist Mathematics

Each unit contains between two and four areas of study.

**Entry**

There are no prerequisites for entry to Foundation Mathematics Units 1 and 2, General Mathematics Units 1 and 2 or Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 1 and 2. However, students attempting Mathematical Methods (CAS) are expected to have a sound background in number, algebra, function, and probability. Some additional preparatory work will be advisable for any student who is undertaking Mathematical Methods (CAS) Unit 2 without completing Mathematical Methods (CAS) Unit 1.

Students must undertake Unit 3 of a study before entering Unit 4 of that study.

Enrolment in Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4 assumes a current enrolment in, or previous completion of, Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 3 and 4.

Units 1 to 4 are designed to a standard equivalent to the final two years of secondary education.