People holding calculators - HSC Standard Maths Guide

Whether you are about to enter into your senior years or you are already in the midst of its chaos, we’ve put together an all-in-one guide for HSC Standard Maths for you to use! 

From ensuring that you have covered all your past topics before the next exam or you are anticipating what the next two years may bring. We have you covered.

Let’s dive right in! 

Prerequisites for Standard Maths
Introduction to Standard Maths
Algebra
Measurement
Financial Maths
Statistical Analysis
Networks

Prerequisites for HSC Standard Maths

Standard Maths is a 2-unit course that builds on mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills you have learned in Years 9 and 10. 

Thus, it is good to revise and ensure you have a good understanding of the following topics:

Introduction to HSC Standard Maths

Unlike Mathematics Advanced or Extension, the Standard course is not based on calculus and instead focuses on practical and applicable mathematical skills for students entering the workforce or pursuing tertiary education.

As the education board describes, Mathematics ‘improves numeracy by building student confidence and making mathematics meaningful’. 

Four topics are studied in Year 11: 

Five topics are studied in Year 12:

In studying the above topics, you will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in working and communicating mathematically. By studying how maths is used in a broad range of contemporary contexts, problem solving skills are taught to provide you with skills for the rest of your life! 

Algebra 

Algebra

Algebra involves the use of symbols (all those x and y that pop up in your math textbooks, including the occasional Greek alphabet) to represent numbers or quantities. This helps you to break down problems or utilise formulas, helping to develop logical and sequential thinking to help with problem-solving. 

Year 11 subtopics include:

Year 12 subtopics include: 

Measurement

Measurement and stationery tools - HSC Standard Maths

Measurement teaches you how to solve practical problems using numbers and geometry. From area to volume, to calculate the energy you receive from the food you eat — this topic demonstrates how measurement exists in all aspects of our lives. 

Year 11 subtopics include:

Year 12 subtopics include: 

Financial Maths

Financial Maths - HSC Standard Maths

For everything to do with money — financial maths focusses on earning, spending, investing, saving and borrowing money. These topics will help you to make independent and informed decisions about your finances and evaluate the financial information given to you. 

Year 11 subtopics include:

Year 12 subtopics include:

Statistical Analysis

Statistical Analysis

The statistical analysis looks at the collection, exploration, display, analysis and interpretation fo data to communicate information. It helps you to interpret and understand data to make your own decisions and draw your conclusions independently. 

Year 11 subtopics include: 

Year 12 subtopics:

Networks

Networks is a relatively new course and only studied in Year 12. Networks involve graphical representations of situations to help inform your decision-making by using logical sequences to understand the relationship between people or things.

Year 12 subtopics include: 

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Tiffany Fong is currently completing a double degree in Media and Communications with Law at Macquarie University. She currently contributes to the university zine, Grapeshot where she enjoys writing feature articles, commentary on current affairs or whatever weird interest that has taken over her mind during that month. During her spare time, Tiffany enjoys reading, writing, taking care of her plants or cuddling with her two dogs.