Specialist Mathematics (T)

Course information

Specialist Mathematics can only be studied in conjunction with the Specialist Methods course to form a Major-minor or Double Major course. Specialist Mathematics contains topics in functions and calculus that build on and deepen the ideas presented in Specialist Methods as well as demonstrate their application in many areas. It also introduces the topics of vectors, complex numbers and matrices. High achievement in Australian Curriculum 10A is necessary for this course.

Post-school pathways

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This course is designed to prepare students for study in University courses where a high degree of mathematical knowledge is needed, such as courses in Engineering or Actuarial Studies.

Workload expectation

Specialist Mathematics is a difficult and challenging course that requires a very high level of commitment and work ethic. Students are expected to be completing at least four hours of study per week in addition to their study for Specialist Methods. More study is expected in preparation for examinations.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major

Suggested Major-Minor Course

Semester

Unit

1

Unit 1: Specialist Methods

Unit 1: Specialist Mathematics

2

Unit 2: Specialist Methods

Unit 2: Specialist Mathematics

3

Unit 3: Specialist Methods

4

Unit 4: Specialist Methods

Suggested Double Major Course

Semester

Unit

1

Unit 1: Specialist Methods

Unit 1: Specialist Mathematics

2

Unit 2: Specialist Methods

Unit 2: Specialist Mathematics

3

Unit 3: Specialist Methods

Unit 3: Specialist Mathematics

4

Unit 4: Specialist Methods

Unit 4: Specialist Mathematics

Unit descriptions

Unit 1: Specialist Mathematics

Combinatorics, Vectors in the Plane and Geometry

Unit 2: Specialist Methods

Trigonometry, Real and Complex Numbers and Matrices

Unit 3: Specialist Methods

Vectors in Three Dimensions, Complex Numbers and Functions and Sketching Graphs

Unit 4: Specialist Methods

Integration and Application of Integration, Rates of Change and Differential Equations and Statistical Inference