The core content of year 12 maths revolves around calculus. Apart from this, there is the application of the principles of plane geometry to theoretical problems as well as the use of tree diagrams to expound on the laws of probability. Very important too are arithmetic and geometric series as well as their applications in consumer mathematics (compound interest, hire purchase and repayment plans).
From then, the bulk of year 12 maths lies with calculus. Starting with applications of differentiation learnt the previous year and introduction to the second derivative. This will include primitive functions, concepts such as maxima, minima, tangents and normals to curves. Thereafter, integration is introduced. This year, students will learn about the Simpson’s rule, the Trapezoidal rule and the application of integration to areas and volumes of solids. Real world application of calculus is also important to this year especially in phenomena involving growth and decay, velocity and acceleration where calculus as a measure of rate of change will be central. Also tied to calculus will be studies in trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions and their applications.
Calculus. Calculus. Calculus. Year 12 is the year of calculus in maths. Therefore, it can be difficult for students who haven’t grasped the fundamentals to move on to the applications. This, in the final year of High School when preparation for final assessment is in full gear, can be daunting to students.
To be more particular, students often find it hard to unify their knowledge, especially around calculus. There are so many rules and concepts which are inter-related. It can be challenging to understand how exactly the rules and concepts are connected and how to apply them in a specific context. The only way to really deal with this is to focus on true understanding of the material, without which knowledge cannot be cross contextualised.
At the end of this year, students must show a complete understanding of the principles and use of calculus. They must be able to integrate and differentiate functions as well as apply these to higher concepts and real world problems. Apart from this, students are expected to have mastered every area in algebra, probability and high school geometry. They must also be able to solve trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions and show the sound reasoning capability of borrowing from different areas of year 12 maths to solving problems where applications of principles are required.
Studying for final assessments in year 12 will prove daunting. When getting a tutor, be ready to allow your child extra hours for study. This is absolutely necessary. It is even advisable to get a tutor early so your child can learn ahead of the class. This will not only afford him/her more time for other preparations but also give the child an all-important confidence to approach the maths in year 12 without fear and undue anxiety.
The sheer volume of work to cover may overwhelm a year 12 maths student and make him/her difficult to tutor. Making sure that your child covers all the necessary content with spare time for revision can be challenging. It requires effective planning and time management which is impossible without the full co-operation of a student and commitment to completing all set homework.
You and/or the tutor should quickly pinpoint your child’s areas of weakness in year 12 maths and even the previous years’ maths. This will make it easy to fill those gaps and build on a better foundation. Furthermore, give your child more time for study and lots of encouragement to see them through the last year of High School.
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