What is Mathematics?


Mathematics is the study of quantity, structure, space, and change. Mathematicians seek out patterns, formulate new theories, and establish truth by careful reasoning from definitions.


Mathematics is used throughout the world as an essential tool in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, and the social sciences. Applied mathematics, the branch of mathematics concerned with application of mathematical knowledge to other fields, inspires and makes use of new mathematical discoveries and sometimes leads to the development of entirely new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics and game theory.


Mathematicians also engage in pure mathematics, or mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind, although practical applications for what began as pure mathematics are often discovered.


Mathematics at Cullinane College


Mathematics is an essential tool for progress in the workplace and in most other subject areas. Most employers will be interested to know that you have completed at least level 2 mathematics. At Cullinane it is a compulsory subject until year eleven. At years 12 and 13, students are encouraged to continue with mathematics, and several different mathematics courses are offered to meet students’ varying needs.


Mathematics teachers at Cullinane are qualified and trained, and know the curriculum well. In most cases teachers have other specialist fields in addition to mathematics, and have an understanding of the mathematics required by other subjects and in various careers. To find out the mathematics you will cover in year 9, choose "junior programme" from the menu.


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