General Mathematics extends students’ mathematical skills in ways that apply to practical problem-solving. A problem-based approach is integral to developing 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.

Successful completion of this subject at Stage 2 prepares students for entry to tertiary courses requiring a non-specialised background in mathematics.

*Source – Subject Outline, South Australian Certificate of Education 2023*

1.1 Investing for Interest

1.2 Investing for Shares

1.3 Return on Investment

1.4 Costs of Borrowing

2.1 Application of Measuring Devices and Units of Measurement

2.2 Perimeter and Area of Plane Shapes

2.3 Volume and Surface area of Solids

2.4 Scale and Rates

3.1 The Statistical Investigation Process

3.2 Sampling and Collecting Data

3.3 Classifying and Organising Data

3.4 The Shape, Location and Spread of Distribution of Numerical Data

3.5 Forming and Supporting Conjectures across Two or More Groups

4.1 Similarity

4.2 Right Triangle Geometry

4.3 Area of Triangles

4.4 Solving Problems with Non-Right Triangles

5.1 Linear Functions and Graphs

5.2 Exponential Functions and Graphs

6.1 Matrix Arithmetic and Costing Applications

6.2 Networks