Subject Details - Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics

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SACE StageSACE Stage 2
SACE Credits20 credits
Curriculum AreaMathematics
Subject Length2 semesters
Contact PersonMr. Bill Demertzis
DescriptionSpecialist Mathematics draws on and deepens students’ mathematical knowledge, skills, and understanding, and provides opportunities for students to develop their skills in using rigorous mathematical arguments and proofs, and using mathematical models. It includes the study of functions and calculus.

Specialist Mathematics is designed to be studied in conjunction with Mathematical Methods.
TopicsSpecialist Mathematics consists of the following six topics:
Topic 1: Mathematical Induction
Topic 2: Complex Numbers
Topic 3: Functions and Sketching Graphs
Topic 4: Vectors in Three Dimensions
Topic 5: Integration Techniques and Applications
Topic 6: Rates of Change and Differential Equations.
AssessmentStage 2 Specialist Mathematics.
School Assessment (70%)
• Assessment Type 1: Skills and Applications Tasks (50%)
• Assessment Type 2: Mathematical Investigation (20%)
External Assessment (30%)
• Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%)
Students provide evidence of their learning through eight assessments, including the external assessment component. Students complete:
• six skills and applications tasks
• one mathematical investigation
• one examination.

Relationship To Further StudyThe subject leads to study in a range of tertiary courses such as mathematical sciences, engineering, computer science, and physical sciences. Students envisaging careers in related fields will benefit from studying this subject.
PrerequisitesIt is imperative that students have had a high degree of success in the four units of Stage 1 Mathematics.
Special ConditionsAccess to a graphics calculator is essential for this course. This subject may be offered by Open Access.