The purpose of this unit is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to use a range of specialist techniques and concepts to solve mathematical problems.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:
VU21058

Assessment

Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following performance criteria: - perform calculations involving fractions and mixed numbers; - perform calculations involving decimals and directed numbers; - round a decimal to a given number of decimal places; - use simple geometry to determine angles in triangles (including non-right angled); - convert the unit of a quantity to a unit with a different prefix; - write a number correct to a given number of significant figures; - calculate systematic, random and percentage errors; - read off values in a table, chart or graph; - describe the general shape of a given or plotted scatter diagram; - identify general shapes and major characteristics of linear and simple non-linear graphs; - locate embedded information necessary to solve a problem or analyse quantitative information; - estimating skills to check calculations and reasonableness of outcomes; - use mathematical symbolism, charts, diagrams and graphs as appropriate to convey mathematical thinking and processing, and; - use specialised calculator functions relevant to mathematical needs.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - apply a wide range of strategies and techniques to solve mathematical problems; - using ratio, proportion and percent; - using trigonometry to determine lengths and angles; - using basic indices; - using measurements to solve mensuration problems in two and three dimensions; - substituting into and transposing simple equations and formulae; - solving problems by plotting points; - presenting and evaluating statistical information; - identifying connections between formulae and graphical representations; - using algebraic techniques to analyse and solve problems; - demonstrate estimating skills to check calculations and reasonableness of outcomes, and; - use mathematical symbolism, charts, diagrams and graphs as appropriate to convey mathematical thinking and processing.

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