CAS Technology at Mathematics Level 6
Introduction
This advice has been developed by the VCAA to assist teachers to incorporate computer algebra system (CAS) technology in curriculum planning for implementation based on Mathematics Level 6. The corresponding mathematics courses will typically be implemented across Years 9 and 10.
Application of technology with CAS functionality should be considered within the broader context of the use of technology to support the teaching and learning of mathematics in the Prep to Year 12 curriculum. In particular, it should be noted that handheld and computer based technologies that incorporate symbolic manipulation functionality (or computer algebra as it is also known), either built in, or by supplementary programs or applications, also variously support or incorporate text, numerical, statistical, graphical and geometry functionality. Therefore, while there has sometimes been a focus on the incorporation of symbolic manipulation as a particular type of functionality of interest on certain handheld devices, commonly called CAS calculators, the scope for working mathematically using such technology is, in practice, broader than this one aspect.
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This advice is presented in several sections:

1. Technology in the Mathematics domain of the VELS (PDF  88KB) (Number, Space, Measurement, chance and data, Structure and Working mathematically)
2. CAS technology – a brief background (PDF  143KB)
3. CASrelated activities for dimensions (PDF  382KB) CAS and Number, page 2
 CAS and Space, page 6
 CAS and Measurement, chance and data, page 10
 CAS and Structure, page 13
 CAS and Working mathematically, page 16
 Years 9 and 10 block summary, page 4
 Elaboration: A detailed course outline, page 5
 Year 9 Semester 1, page 5
 Year 9 Semester 2, page 15
 Year 10 Semester 1, page 23
 Year 10 Semester 2, page 34
 Fiveperiod lesson template, page 46
 Two sample lessons, page 48
 Broad topic block planner, page 3
 Year 9 program, page 5
 Year 10 program, page 42
 Overview Level 6 Year 9, page 4
 Rational numbers, page 17
 Linear relationship, page 19
 Exploring exponential relationships, page 27
 Pythagoras theorem, page 39
 Difference equations, page 42
 Trigonometry, page 52
 Broad topic block planner, page 3
 Year 9 program, page 4
 Year 10 program, page 37
 Disclaimer, page 2
 Part 2: CAS technology – a brief background, page 2
 Part 3: CASrelated activities for dimensions, page 2
 Part 4: Sample course planner, page 4
 Mathematical subject areas, page 6