MATHEMATICS AND MATHEMATICS LITERACY
In an ever-changing society, it is essential for all students to acquire a functioning knowledge of Mathematics in order to empower them in the work force and in their personal lives. It also ensures access to further study of Mathematical Sciences and a variety of career paths. Thus, in a new FET phase, Mathematics is compulsory. There are two options: Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy. Mathematics should be taken by those students intending to study further in disciplines which are mathematically based such as the Natural, Physical and Life Sciences, Engineering and Accounting and most business fields.
Mathematical Literacy is suitable for those studying social sciences and the arts.
Mathematics is a compulsory subject for all pupils.
The four learning outcomes for Mathematics are:
- Number and Number relationships: Students work with numbers and their relationships to estimate, calculate and check solutions (with and without calculators) to problems of finance, simple and compound increase and decrease, sequences and series, hire purchase, bond repayments and annuities.
- Functions and Algebras: Students will learn to understand patterns and functions, investigate graphs of functions and use mathematical models of real life situations. They will also manipulate algebraic expressions, solve equations, find functions rules, learn about rates of change, gradient, derivatives and maxima and minima (differential calculus).
- - Space, Shape and Measurement: Learners will be able to describe, analyse and explain properties of 2-D and 3-D space and solve problems with justification (geometry). They will also link algebraic and geometry concepts through analytical geometry. They will learn trigonometry and geometry properties through construction, measurement and transformations and through the use of geometry software on computer.
- Data handling and Probability: Learners will learn to collect, organize, analyse and interpret data to establish statistical and probability models to solve problems. They will carry out practical research projects and experiments and do at least one project per year.
Wherever possible, there will be a strong emphasis on real-life situations, mathematical modeling and solving problems related to relevant topics (human rights issues, current affairs, economic affairs, environmental and health issues). Also wherever possible, the use of available technology, will be encouraged.
If a learner does not perceive Mathematics to be necessary for a career path or study direction, the learner can have the option of taking Mathematical Literacy in Grades 10, 11 and 12.
This subject will be offered to Grades 10, 11 and 12 at Eden College. This course is aimed at improving the low levels of numeracy in South Africa. It will provide learners with an awareness and understanding of the role of Mathematics in the modern world and develop the ability to think numerically and spatially and solve everyday problems through the use of basic mathematical skills.
Students will also cover the four learning outcomes that are in the Mathematics course but the emphasis will be more on practical application to real-life situations than on theory.
Assessment for both Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy will be continuous with students producing a portfolio of work which will consist of a variety of instruments such as small class tests, tutorials, assignments, investigations, homework pieces, presentations, projects and examinations.
Students who are struggling with Mathematics are encouraged to take Mathematics Literacy which is accepted for many degrees and diplomas at University Level.