11 February 2016
The Singapore Junior College mathematics syllabus has undergone a revamp, starting this year 2016. The syllabus has been re-designed to place a heavier emphasis on applications of mathematics to real-world problems.
In H1 Maths, for instance, there is a more comprehensive introduction to applying mathematics to business and social science contexts, as well as to niche topics like analysing population growth.
For H2 Maths, more applications to the physical sciences have been added to the syllabus content. For example, students now study the concepts of free fall under gravity, elastic and inelastic collision of objects, and use vector algebra to solve mechanics questions. Complex numbers and calculus are applied to the study of electrical circuits. Probability models and sampling distributions are employed in business decision making in the fields of banking and insurance.
Further Mathematics has also been reintroduced. It includes more advanced mathematical topics like conic sections, numerical analysis, and discrete mathematics.