# Course Title: Use a range of techniques to solve mathematical problems

## Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3209 Certificate III in Science

Course Title: Use a range of techniques to solve mathematical problems

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 110

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### Teaching Period(s)

MATH5309

City Campus

TAFE

155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2011,
Term2 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term2 2012,
Term1 2013

Course Contact: Judith McCann

Course Contact Phone: 99258366

Course Contact Email: judith.mccann@rmit.edu.au

Course Description

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

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this course.

National Competency Codes and Titles

 National Element Code & Title: VPAU073 Use a range of techniques to solve mathematical problems Elements: 1. Use ratio, proportion and percent to solve problems 2. Use trigonometry to determine lengths and angles 3. Use basic indices to solve problems 4. Use measurements to solve mensuration problems in two and three dimensions 5. Substitute into and transpose simple equations and formulae 6. Solve problems by plotting points 7. Present and evaluate statistical information 8. Identify connections between formulae and graphical representations 9. Use algebraic techniques to analyse and solve problems

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, the student must be able to:
• apply a wide range of strategies and techniques to solve mathematical problems including:
− 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
• use mathematical symbolism, charts, diagrams and graphs as appropriate to convey mathematical thinking and processing.
• use calculators, computers for word processing or spreadsheets as appropriate

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course will include: