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.
If you successfully complete Further Maths, you will be able to 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 the final year VCE sequence for you if you are interested in developing your ability to apply mathematical techniques in day-to-day situations. While some tertiary courses require no more than Further Maths, if you are a student who is intending to specialise in Mathematics, or to pursue studies in maths-heavy disciplines such as engineering, medicine or the sciences, you may need to take the more rigorous Mathematics units at final year VCE level (Mathematical Methods 3 & 4 or Specialist Maths 3 & 4).
What do you do?
Each week you are expected to study lessons or watch videos on new content, participate in online lessons, complete practice exercises, checking your answers as you go, and then complete work for submission. There are four School-assessed Coursework tasks (SACs) to be completed during the year.
What skills do you need?
You 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 you a basic understanding of the use of mathematical terminology and techniques in some common real-world settings. You will be supported to develop methodical approaches to problem solving and to become competent in the use a CAS calculator.
You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.
- For this study, you need a VCAA-approved CAS technology. VSV course notes generally refer to the TI-Nspire CAS calculator. The textbook also contains instructions for both TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad calculators.
- If buying a new calculator, it is highly recommended to purchase a TI-Nspire CX CAS.
- You are encouraged to contact your Mathematics teacher if you require further advice before purchasing a calculator.
- Cambridge Senior Further Maths VCE 3 & 4 Print/Interactive Text (revised ed.) – Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9781316616222.
- You have the option of either purchasing the textbook or the eBook.
- You are encouraged to contact your Mathematics teacher for advice before purchasing a textbook.
Things to think about
In order to successfully complete Further Maths Units 3 and 4, you 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 (units 3 and 4) you should contact a VSV 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.