Stage 2 – Year 12

SACE Credits


Does this subject include an exam?



Minimum of B grade in Stage 1 Mathematical Methods recommended.

Course Content

Mathematical Methods develops an increasingly complex and sophisticated understanding of calculus and statistics. By using functions and their derivatives and integrals, and by mathematically modelling physical processes, students develop a deep understanding of the physical world through a sound knowledge of relationships involving rates of change. Students use statistics to describe and analyse phenomena that involve uncertainty and variation.

Stage 2 Mathematical Methods consists of the following six topics:

  • Further Differentiation and Applications
  • Discrete Random Variables
  • Integral Calculus
  • Logarithmic Functions
  • Continuous Random Variables and the Normal Distribution
  • Sampling and Confidence Intervals

Learning Requirements

Students will learn to:

  • understand mathematical concepts, demonstrate mathematical skills, and apply mathematical techniques
  • investigate and analyse mathematical information in a variety of contexts
  • think mathematically by posing questions, solving problems, applying models, and making, testing, and proving conjectures
  • interpret results, draw conclusions, and determine the reasonableness of solutions in context
  • make discerning use of electronic technology to solve problems and to refine and extend mathematical knowledge
  • communicate mathematically and present mathematical information in a variety of ways.


Mathematical Methods provides the foundation for further study in mathematics, economics, computer sciences, and the sciences. It prepares students for courses and careers that may involve the use of statistics, such as health or social sciences.