Calculus Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs P. Jager

Recommended Prior Learning

At least merit level in the two external achievement standards in Level 2 Mathematics. 

Calculus Level 3

This is the course for people who want to take a high level of Mathematics to their tertiary study. The course is designed to meet the Engineering degree requirements of all universities in New Zealand. 

Students will formalise their understanding of Calculus and, combining this with their skills in Algebra, solve some complex and often abstract problems. They will also learn how to use the something that does not exist (the square root of -1) to solve problems in the Complex Numbers Achievement Standard. 

Student will be working in the real world by using trigonometric equations to model practical situations. 

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

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Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Workbooks $15.
Graphics Calculator is required. NZQA specifically states that students without a graphics calculator are at a disadvantage.

Pathway Tags

Calculus is very important in: Tertiary courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Structural Design, Economics, Architecture or any career that has a major mathematical component. Statistics leads to careers in: Business Studies, Commerce, Education, Geography, Health Studies, Marketing, Nursing, Politics, Psychology, Social Work, Journalism, Town Planning, any career involving prediction, sampling and probability., Construction and infrastructure, Manufacturing and technology, The Primary Industries, The Service Industries, Social and Community services, Accountant, Actuarial Science, Computer Analyst or programmer, Economist, Engineering Analyst, Information Scientist, Marketing Research Analyst, Mathematician, Meteorologist, Numerical Analyst, Operations Research, Statistician, Systems Analyst, Teacher, Architecture or any career that has a major mathematical co, Architecture or any career that has a major mathematical component. Statistics leads to careers in: Business Studies


Courses outlined will only be available if sufficient students wish to take them AND appropriate staff are available to teach them. Courses that do not run may be offered through distance learning and be supported by the Distance Learning Department.