# VCE Unit 3 & 4 - General Mathematics

## VCE Unit 3 & 4 - General Mathematics

### Overview

General Mathematics Units 3 and 4 consists of two areas of study per unit which combine and extend the topics covered in Units 1 and 2 General Mathematics. Students will develop their knowledge of data analysis, financial mathematics, and some applications of both matrices and networks.

### Unit 3: General Mathematics

Students study content that includes investigating data distributions, association between two variables, investigating and modelling linear associations and time series data, as well as depreciation of assets, compound interest investments and loans, reducing balance loans, annuities and perpetuities and annuity investments.

*Areas of Study*

- Data analysis
- Recursion and financial modelling

### Unit 4: General Mathematics

Students study content that includes matrices and their applications, transition matrices, graphs and networks, exploring and travelling problems, trees and minimum connector problems, flow, shortest path and matching problems.

*Areas of Study*

- Matrices
- Networks and decision mathematics

*Outcomes (for both units)*

- Students can define and explain key concepts as specified in the content from the areas of study, and apply a range of related mathematical routines and procedures
- Students can apply mathematical processes in non-routine practical contexts, including situations with some open-ended aspects requiring investigative, modelling, or problem-solving techniques or approaches, and analyse and discuss these applications of mathematics

- Students can apply computational thinking and use numerical, graphical, symbolic, and statistical functionalities of technology to develop mathematical ideas, produce results and carry out analysis in practical situations requiring investigative, modelling or problem-solving techniques or approaches

### Forms of Assessment

- Application task
- Modelling tasks
- Two end of year examinations

### Prerequisites and Corequisites

It is an advantage to have completed Units 1 and 2 General Mathematics