# Mathematics

**Mathematics **underpins everyday life and is the tool which helps us make sense of what is around us, from everyday commerce through to the high tech gadgets we use each day. Without it trade could not have developed and the industrial revolution would not have happened. It helps support many career pathways particularly in Commerce, Science and Technology areas.

Through the study of Mathematics, students develop their logical thinking, problem solving skills and analytical thinking.

Mathematics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space, and time. Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data. These two disciplines are related but different ways of thinking and of solving problems. Both equip students with effective means for investigating, interpreting, explaining, and making sense of the world in which they live. Mathematicians and statisticians use symbols, graphs, and diagrams to help them find and communicate patterns and relationships, and they create models to represent both real-life and hypothetical situations.

These situations are drawn from a wide range of social, cultural, scientific, technological, health, environmental, and economic contexts.

Why study mathematics and statistics?

By studying mathematics and statistics, students develop the ability to think creatively, critically, strategically, and logically. They learn to structure and to organise, to carry out procedures flexibly and accurately, to process and communicate information,

and to enjoy intellectual challenge. By learning mathematics and statistics, students

develop other important thinking skills. They learn to create models and predict outcomes, to conjecture, to justify and verify, and to seek patterns and generalisations. They learn to estimate with reasonableness, calculate with precision, and understand when results are precise and when they must be interpreted with uncertainty. Mathematics and

statistics have a broad range of practical applications in everyday life, in other learning areas, and in workplaces.

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