Smart_Dunce said:
at the average selective school, how many students do 4-unit maths?
At my school, an average selective school at MATHEMATICS ONLY, usually has about two classes for Mathematics Extension 2 every year. There are usually five Mathematics Extension 1 classses, one Mathematics 2 unit class and one General Mathematics class. There were a lot of applicants for Mathematics Extension 2 this year and hopefully we might have three classes this year, because I reckon that our year is pretty good at Mathematics. Even people who had fairly mediocre results in Mathematics Extension 1 at my school were allowed to go on to Mathematics Extension 2.
Last year, we had our best student at Mathematics, who came second in the state for Mathematics Extension 2. He came second to a guy from James Ruse Agricultural High School. Let's hope we can match that or come close to that in our grade.
Unfortunately, the principal decides how many classes there will be and she is a pretty mean principal who has this bad idea that people are better off doing less work and topping easier subjects than working hard in a more challenging subject. We even had a section in our newsletter titled "Is Your Child Trying Too Hard?" !LOL!
Smart_Dunce said:
what is the drop-out rate out of 4-unit maths?
Usually a small number of people drop out because they can't handle the workload. A friend predicted that there would be a lot of people dropping out this year when they realise they chose the course for the scaling and couldn't handle the difficulty and workload of the course. I hope that doesn't happen.
Smart_Dunce said:
how's it different to 3-unit maths in terms of content?
VERY DIFFERENT. I just had a go at Complex Numbers and boy, that was very different and very unfamiliar compared to the Real Numbers dealt in Mathematics Extension 1.
Smart_Dunce said:
Your problem. There goes 1 unit of work and 2 units of the HSC wasted. As KFunk mentioned, you can make back up in your Mathematics Extension 1 exam which will count for 2 units instead of one, which helps considering how well is scaled.
Most people's definition of failing is below 50%. My personal definition of failing is below class average. That's what happens when people get very competitive. This competition at my school only happens in Mathematics and Science for some reason. Tells you something about the teaching qualities between faculties doesn't it.......?
withoutaface said:
If you can't get through the course without spending $100 a week on tutoring, don't do it.
Interesting idea. I reckon the majority of people taking Mathematics Extension 2 would have tuition for it, but obviously not for such a high price per week! I would believe that most of the people taking the course would be from an Asian background and you know how many Asian parents sometimes force their children to attend tuition whether they like it or not.....