Specialist Mathematics Units 1 and 2
In Specialist Mathematics Units 1 and 2, you will undertake an in-depth study of mathematics, with an emphasis on concepts, skills and processes related to mathematical structure, modelling, problem solving and reasoning.
In this study, you will investigate a broad range of mathematical applications, as well as develop a sound background for further studies in mathematics and mathematics-related fields.
Who is it for?
This is a good subject to take if you love the challenge of developing your mathematics skills and knowledge to a high level. This subject provides an excellent pathway to complete mathematics at the units 3 and 4 level, which can then lead to studies at the tertiary level.
What do you do?
In Unit 1, you will cover the following topics:
- number systems and recursion
- geometry in the plane and proof
- algebra and structure
In Unit 2, you will cover the following topics:
- graphs of linear and non-linear relations
- simulation, sampling and sampling distributions
What skills do you need?
You will have successfully completed Year 10 Mathematics.
What skills do you develop?
You will develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare you for Specialist Maths Unit 3 and 4.
Cambridge Senior Specialist Mathematics Units 1 & 2 Print/Interactive Text – Cambridge University Press, 2016. Please note: If purchasing this textbook second-hand, students MUST purchase the Interactive Reactivation code – Digital Senior Specialist Mathematics VCE 1 & 2 Reactivation (Access Code)
Digital Senior Specialist Mathematics VCE 1 & 2 Interactive Text (Access Code) – Digital access only
Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) technology
You will need access to a VCAA-approved CAS calculator or software. The Cambridge textbook contains instructions for both the TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad calculators. The DECV notes for these units provide instructions for TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad calculators, and Mathematica software. It is highly recommended that you use one of these technologies.
If you are not sure which technology to use or you have any questions, contact your teacher for advice.
Things to think about
Watch the videos below to find out why you should study maths.
Things you can do now
To prepare for Specialist Maths Units 1 and 2, you are encouraged to revise your Year 10 Mathematics topics.
You can purchase the textbook and begin studying the topics.
Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.