# mathematics faculty

## What is Mathematics and statistics?

Mathematics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space, and time. Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data. These two disciplines are related but different ways of thinking, and of solving problems. Both equip students with effective means for investigating, interpreting, explaining, and making sense of the world in which they live.

Mathematicians and statisticians use symbols, graphs, and diagrams to help them find and communicate patterns and relationships, and they create models to represent both real-life and hypothetical situations. These situations are drawn from a wide range of social, cultural, scientific, technological, health, environmental, and economic contexts. (*Mathematics in the New Zealand Curriculum*)

**To this end it is expected that students learning Mathematics at Waiheke High School will ….**

- equip themselves with skills, concepts and understandings which will enable them to cope confidently with the mathematics of everyday life,
- developing a variety of approaches to solving problems in mathematics and the wider world, by developing the ability to think and reason logically,
- improving mathematical and statistical literacy, increasingly required by a technological and information-rich society,
- gaining a foundation of knowledge useful for those who wish to continue their studies in mathematics or related studies,
- developing ability and enthusiasm for the subject,
- improving their personal development in contexts such as communication, social and co-operative skills, and information handling abilities.

**Click the link above to access information and resources for students and Whanau on the NZMATHS website **