Specialist Mathematics Units 1 & 2

In this subject students will study concepts, skills and processes related to mathematical structure, modelling, problem solving and reasoning. Students will be able to apply techniques, routines and processes involving rational, real and complex arithmetic, sets, lists and tables, diagrams and geometric constructions, algebraic manipulation, equations and graphs with and without the use of a CAS calculator.

Area of Study

  • Algebra and structure
  • Arithmetic and number
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Geometry, measurement and trigonometry
  • Graphs of linear and non-linear equations
  • Statistics

Assessment

Internal assessments include assignments, tests, summary notes, modelling tasks, problem solving tasks and mathematical investigations.

Previous Experience/Prerequisites

A satisfactory completion of year 10 Mathematics, with a high regard for mathematical studies.

Future Pathways

Leads on to Unit 3 and 4 Specialist Maths. Careers involving this level of mathematical knowledge include mathematician, engineering, physicist, computer software engineers, economists, and roofers.

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Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4

This subject continues to extend the knowledge gained during Unit 1 and 2 Specialist Mathematics. The subject highlights mathematical structure, reasoning and applications across a range of modelling contexts. Students will continue to develop their ability to calculate different functions with the use of a CAS calculator.

Area of Study

  • Functions and graphs
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Vectors
  • Mechanics
  • Statistics and Probability

Assessment

  • Unit 3 assessments comprise 17% of the total specialist maths mark
  • Unit 4 assessments comprise 17% of the total specialist maths mark
  • Two external examinations comprises 66% of the total specialist maths mark.

Previous Experience/Prerequisites

A satisfactory completion of Specialist Mathematics Unit 1 & 2 is required. A satisfactory completion of Mathematical Methods Unit 1 & 2 is also strongly recommended.

Future Pathways

Careers involving higher levels of mathematics include engineering, sciences (both theoretical and social), economists and computer programmers

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