Prerequisites
A minimum C result for Year 10 Mathematics Methods (class code MAX).
Corequisites
Mathematical Methods
Subject Description
Specialist Mathematics is designed for students who develop confidence in their mathematical knowledge and ability, and gain a positive view of themselves as mathematics learners. They will gain an appreciation of the true nature of mathematics, its beauty and its power.
Students learn topics that are developed systematically, with increasing levels of sophistication, complexity and connection, building on functions, calculus, statistics from Mathematical Methods, while vectors, complex numbers and matrices are introduced.
Functions and calculus are essential for creating models of the physical world. Statistics are used to describe and analyse phenomena involving probability, uncertainty and variation. Matrices, complex numbers and vectors are essential tools for explaining abstract or complex relationships that occur in scientific and technological endeavours.
Weekly workload in hours
4+ hours
Structure
Combinatorics, vectors and proof
 Complex numbers, trigonometry, functions and matrices
 Mathematical induction, and further vectors, matrices and complex numbers
 Further statistical and calculus inference

Combinatorics
 Complex numbers 1
 Proof by mathematical induction
 Integration and applications of integration

Vectors in the plane
 Trigonometry and functions
 Vectors and matrices
 Rates of change and differential equations

Introduction to proof  Matrices
 Complex numbers 2
 Statistical inference

Assessment
In Units 1 and 2 students complete 4 formative assessments with an overall subject result (AE). In Units 3 and 4 students complete four summative assessments. The results from each of the assessments are added together to provide a subject score out of 100. Students will also receive an overall subject result (A–E).
Summative assessment
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): Problemsolving and modelling task  20%  Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): Examination  15% 
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): Examination  15% 
Summative external assessment (EA): 50%
Examination 