This unit describes the skills and knowledge to use a range of specialist techniques and concepts to solve mathematical problems.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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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 required skills: - numeracy skills to perform a range of calculations including: fractions and mixed numbers, and; decimals and directed numbers; - problem solving skills to: round a decimal to a given number of decimal places; use geometry to determine angles in triangles (including non-right angled); convert unit quantities to units with a different prefix; write a number correct to a given number of significant figures; calculate systematic, random and percentage errors; describe the general shape of a given or plotted scatter diagram; identify and determine dimensions of general shapes; estimate to check calculations and reasonableness of outcomes, and; use a range of mathematical symbolism, charts, diagrams and graphs to represent mathematical thinking and processing; - literacy skills to: read and interpret values in a table, chart or graph, and; locate embedded information necessary to solve a problem or analyse quantitative information; - technology skills to use scientific calculator functions including statistical functions, and; - planning and organising skills to collect and organise mathematical data.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - use of Pythagoras Theorem in trigonometry; - principles of algebra; - techniques to solve algebraic problems; - major characteristics of linear and simple non-linear graphs, and; - graphical techniques to draw graphs.

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