Mathematics and Statistics

The study of Mathematics and Statistics satisfies a wide range of interest and abilities; it develops the imagination, and trains students to think clearly and logically.  Students learn to create models, to conjecture, to justify and verify, to find patterns, to generalise and to predict.  They learn to estimate with reasonableness and calculate with precision.  Mathematics and Statistics is used in widely different areas of science and technology, is integral to our everyday lives and contributes to the wealth of the country.

Mathematics is about exploring pattern and structure; it is about logical analysis, deduction and calculation within these patterns and structures.  The mathematics of these patterns is used to explain and control natural happenings and situations. 

Statistics is about exploring and understanding data in order to prove differences between groups and to predict outcomes.  By using statistics and probability tools we are able to gain a better understanding of the world around us.