Expressing recurring decimals as fractions and rounding numbers to specified numbers of significant figures. Year 10 maths will also introduce compound interest, depreciation and discounts. Algebraic expressions this year will involve fractions and negative indices. Similarly, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations and linear inequalities will be new. In coordinate geometry, simple parabolas and hyperbolas will be taught while in statistics, students can expect to learn box-and-whisker plots, find standard deviations and use terms such as ‘skew’ and ‘symmetry’. This year’s trigonometry problems will include three-figure bearings; congruent triangles will be studied extensively and the relationship between internal and external angles in polygons will be examined.
Year 10 maths introduces recurring decimals and significant figures. Compound interest calculations will also be handled as well as depreciations and successive discounts. The core content of this year’s algebra will include solving algebraic expressions involving fractions and negative indices, solving linear and quadratic equations as well as linear equalities and simultaneous equations. Coordinate geometry topics will include studying intercepts and gradients of straight lines as well as working with parabolas and hyperbolas. In statistics, plots of data sets will be studied with respect to the skew and symmetry of distribution curves as well as standard deviations of those data sets. Measurement will be a study in complex composite figures and solids, examples of which are cones, spheres and cylinders. The core of trigonometry in year 10 maths will involve using cosine and sine rules as well as trigonometric ratios. Construction of proofs will be required for deductions with special triangles, quadrilaterals and related angles.
A common challenge for students in this year is the use of deductive reasoning in constructing proofs for special angles in triangles and quadrilaterals. Trigonometric ratios will also be difficult for some, at least initially.The statistical plots and distribution curves to be studied this year can also be burdensome.
Students, at the end of year 10 maths, are expected to be able to convert recurring decimals to fractions and round up decimals to specified significant figures. They are also expected to be capable of solving consumer arithmetic problems involving discounts, depreciation and compound interest. They should be familiar with algebraic expressions of all types as well as linear inequalities and linear and quadratic equations. For coordinate geometry, students should be able to draw line, parabola and hyperbola plots as well as calculate distances, gradients and midpoints. For statistics, they should be able to calculate standard deviations. Solving for perimeters, areas, surface areas and volumes of composite figures and solids should be mastered by the end of this year. In trigonometry, sine rule, cosine rule, relationships between angles and the construction of deductive proofs are some of the concepts that should be well understood.
This year, your child should understand and be able to solve problems involving interest rates, complex algebraic expressions, linear and quadratic equations, standard deviations, composite solids and trigonometric rules as well as be able to construct trigonometric proofs.
Encourage a concentration in deductive reasoning this year. Every topic from algebra to statistic and geometry will benefit from this ability to think outside mere numbers. There is, of course, no substitute for practicing more and solving more problems.
Also, continue to stress a focus on algebra, especially harder and more technical problems. Although this may not seem absolutely necessary, if your child masters the language of algebra, rather than merely getting by, it will immensely help in all other areas of math.
Maintaining interest and concentration in the student is a main challenge in tutoring students in year 10 maths, especially as you delve deeper into geometry and trigonometry. The maths becomes a lot more technical and structured this year and this can often overwhelm students or serve to subdue their interest. This especially happens when students focus on memorising rules rather than comprehension which should be avoided.
Involve your child more; encourage active participation and independent thinking but above all, you and/or a tutor should rigorously go over the steps involved in arriving at conclusions and solutions. Ask your child to explain concepts back to you to ensure they are properly understood and not just memorised.
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