MathsIsFun wrote:

You also have to think how well you might do, because you want good entrance scores, right?

And that is also true.

]]>So if you're unsure of what to study, I would go with the mathematics.

]]>But it would be a shame to miss out on some of the Specialist Maths subjects.

Tough call. Predicting your future would help.

You also have to think how well you might do, because you want good entrance scores, right?

]]>I don't know how Australian education works or what any of those subjects are about though, so other people may be better qualified to give advice.

]]>Identity, when you say General A, what do you mean? General Specialist? And what's Olympiad Physics ... is that a subject at your school?

Thanks.

]]>I picked Methods A 1&2, General A 1&2 and Olympiad Physics for next year.

Some info from my guide book:

**Units 1 and 2: General Mathematics**

General Mathematics provides courses for diverse groups of students and may be implemented in a number of ways. The areas of study are: Statistics and Probability, Arithmetic, Functions and Graph, Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry. General Mathematics (A) Units 1 and 2 topics: Algebra, Arithmetic, Functions, Graphs, Statistics, Probability, Geometry, Proof and Vectors. Students who intend to attempt Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4 are advised to choose this subject. General Mathematics (B) Units 1 and 2 topics: Algebra, Arithmetic, Functions, Graphs, Statistics, Probability and Geometry.

**Units 3 and 4: Specialist Mathematics**

Specialist Mathematics consists of the following areas of study: Coordinate Geometry, Circular (trigonometric) Functions, Algebra, Calculus, Vectors (in two and three-dimensions) and Mechanics.

The development of course content should highlight mathematical structure and proof. All of this material must be covered in a progression from Unit 3 to Unit 4 with an appropriate selection of content for each of Units 3 and 4.

The appropriate use of technology to support and develop the teaching and learning of mathematics is to be incorporated throughout each unit and course. This will include the use of some of the following technologies for various areas of study or topics: graphics calculators, spreadsheets, graphing packages, dynamic geometry systems, statistical analysis systems and computer algebra systems. In particular, students are encouraged to use graphics calculators, spreadsheets or statistical software for probability and statistics-related areas of study and graphics calculators, dynamic geometry systems, graphing packages or computer algebra systems, in the remaining areas of study systems, both in the learning of new material and the application of this material in a variety of contexts.

**Physics:**

Students develop skills of observation, research, analysis, interpretation and reporting by hands-on experiments, excursions and classroom discussion. Contextual knowledge and understanding are developed appropriately for a wide range of tertiary studies.

Unit 1: Wave-like properties of light, Nuclear and radioactivity Physics, and Energy from the nucleus.

Unit 2: Movement, Electricity, Alternative energy sources

Unit 3: Motion, Electronics and Photonics, Investigating materials and their use in structure

Unit 4: Electric Power Interaction of light and matter, and Sound.

One teacher has recommended I take both, as they will help each other. But unfortunately I can't do this. I know it really is up to me but I was wondering if I could possibly have some guidance or thoughts.

Some of the other subjects I will also be studying next year are Maths Methods 3&4 and Chemistry 1&2. Not sure if any of you are familiar with the Australian education system, so hopefully this makes sense.

Oh, one other thing to say is that I'm not sure where I want to head in the future as of yet.

So if anybody has any recommendations or suggestions it would be much appreciated.

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