What is it and why should I do it?
Specialist Maths is more maths for people who like maths! In this subject you are introduced to some brand new mathematical concepts including Vectors and Complex Numbers (yes you can now have the square root of a negative number.....); as well as going into more depth with some of the content covered in Maths Methods such as Trigonometry and Calculus. Specialist Maths must be taken alongside Maths Methods 1&2, it cannot be taken on its own.
Click here to watch Ms Giampiccolo discuss Specialist Maths with her Year 11 Class.
What will I do in class?
In most classes a new mathematical concept will be introduced and you will have time to discuss this and work through examples with your teacher and class mates. You will have some time to work on practice problems in class while asking your teacher for assistance.
How much homework will I have?
Most of the essential practice exercise work will need to be completed for homework. You would have at least 45 minutes of homework on each night you have maths class, with more over the weekend and leading up to assessments.
How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?
To gain an S for any VCE subject you need to demonstrate that you have met the Outcomes. In Specialist Maths, the Outcomes all involve being able to apply the mathematics studied in the course; in routine situations, in more complex application problems and using technology (your CAS calculator).
You will meet the Outcomes through your results on topic tests for each topic (roughly 6 topic tests per Unit, one about every 3 weeks), participation in class discussions, and completion of coursework.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to define and explain key concepts as specified in the content from the areas of study, and apply a range of related mathematical routines and procedures.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply mathematical processes in non-routine contexts, including situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches, and analyse and discuss these applications of mathematics.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to use numerical, graphical, symbolic and statistical functionalities of technology to develop mathematical ideas, produce results and carry out analysis in situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches.