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Achievement objective M7-8

In a range of meaningful contexts, students will be engaged in thinking mathematically and statistically. They will solve problems and model situations that require them to:

  • form and use pairs of simultaneous equations, one of which may be non-linear.


  • Solves problems that can be modelled by pairs of simultaneous equations where one is linear and the other equation can be:
    • a quadratic, y = ax^2 + bx + c
    • a hyperbola, y = a/(x+b) + c
    • a circle, (x-h)^2 + (y-k)^2 = r^2
  • Chooses appropriate methods and uses them to solve simultaneous equations.
  • Interprets the existence and type of solution(s) in the context of the situation.
  • Makes links to graphs M7-2 and manipulating expressions M7-6.
  • See key mathematical ideas on NZmaths.


M7-8 links from NA6-5 and to M8-4, M8-8.

Possible context elaborations

  • Using discriminant or otherwise find:
    • When is a line tangential to a hyperbola?
    • Under what circumstances does a given line cross a parabola once or twice or not at all?
  • For a given practical situation, discuss why some solutions are invalid in the context of the situation.
  • Activity: Skid marks

Assessment for qualifications

NCEA achievement standards at level 1, 2 and 3 have been aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum. Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

The following achievement standard(s) could assess learning outcomes from this AO:

Last updated September 16, 2018