Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4
Further Mathematics Unit 3 covers the core Data analysis and Recursion and financial modelling Modules. In Unit 4 we offer the Geometry and measurement and Matrices options. The focus of the study as a whole is on enabling students to understand the application of mathematical techniques to various common aspects of daily life in a high-tech society.
Students who successfully complete Further Maths demonstrate that they can analyse and organise numerical information from real-world situations and apply mathematical reasoning in order to come to well-supported conclusions.
Who is it for?
Further Maths Units 3 and 4 is a final year VCE sequence for students who are interested in developing their ability to apply mathematical techniques in day-to-day situations. While some tertiary courses require no more than Further Maths, students who are intending to specialise in Mathematics, or to pursue studies in maths-heavy disciplines such as engineering, medicine or the sciences, may need to take the more rigorous Methods, or even Specialist Maths units at final year VCE level.
What do you do?
Each week you are expected to study lessons or watch videos on new content, complete practice exercises, checking your answers as you go, then complete work for submission. There are four School-assessed Coursework tasks (SACs) to be completed during the year.
What skills do you need?
Students should have successfully completed General Maths Units 1 and 2 (or equivalent). Familiarity with mathematical software, such as a CAS calculator or Excel, is also recommended.
What skills do you develop?
This subject will give students a basic understanding of the use of mathematical terminology and techniques in some common real-world settings. Students are supported to develop methodical approaches to problem solving and to become competent in the use a CAS calculator.
Cambridge Senior Further Maths VCE 3 & 4 Print/Interactive Text (revised ed.) – Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9781316616222. Students must obtain this edition. Please note: If purchasing this textbook second-hand, students MUST purchase the Interactive Reactivation code – Digital Senior Further Maths VCE 3 & 4 Reactivation (Access Code)
Digital Senior Further Maths VCE 3 & 4 Interactive Text (Access Code) – Digital access only. Please note: Students must have access to the online version of this text to complete the course. The digital version is included in the print plus edition above.
Recommended: VCE Cambridge Checkpoints Further Maths 2018 + QuizMeMore, Cambridge University Press, 2018
Students need access to a VCAA-approved CAS calculator. DECV course notes are written using the TI-Nspire CAS and, if buying a new calculator, the TI-Nspire CAS calculator is recommended. However, any of the listed VCAA-approved CAS calculators can be used.
The DECV course notes provide instructions only for TI-Nspire CAS. However, the Cambridge textbooks contain instructions for both TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad calculators.
Students should contact their Mathematics teacher if they need advice before purchasing a new calculator.
Things to think about
In order to successfully complete Further Maths Units 3 and 4, students need to have basic competence in Year 7 – 10 Mathematics topics. If you are unsure if your maths skills are at a standard sufficient to allow you to successfully complete the Further Maths sequence you should contact a DECV Further Maths teacher to discuss your situation.
Things you can do now
The sooner you buy the Cambridge text, the sooner you can begin looking through the text and preparing yourself for the year of study ahead.
In particular, you can revise the material on Data analysis (Chapters 1, 2 and 3).
You can also establish some basic maths skills and practicse using your CAS calculator by following the links below.
Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.
Things to have a look at
Revise your rounding to significant figure skills by watching these movies and completing activites on the Khan Academy website.
For movies on using the TI-Nspirehand held try atomiclearning.com.
For movies on Casio Classpad try classpad.com.au.