Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4 Notes and Worksheets
A complete guide to mastering VCE Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4.
Notes include explanations of course content, worked examples of commonly examined questions and exam style questions for students to practice.
Worksheets may be used to revise course content.
Worked solutions included.
Notes include explanations of course content, worked examples of commonly examined questions and exam style questions for students to practice.
Worksheets may be used to revise course content.
Worked solutions included.
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◉ Notes : 180+ pages
◉ Worksheets : 150+ practice questions
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◉ Notes : 180+ pages
◉ Worksheets : 150+ practice questions
◉ Click here for free samples of our Specialist Mathematics Notes and Worksheets, and our range of other free materials
Subject Outline
6 areas of study AOS 1: Functions and Graphs AOS 2: Algebra AOS 3: Calculus AOS 4: Vectors AOS 5: Mechanics AOS 6: Probability and Statistics When compared to Mathematical Methods which has 4 areas of study, Specialist Mathematics has approximately 4050% more content to learn and therefore significantly more varied exam questions. School SACs

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Units 3 and 4?
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Secrets, tips and tricks to mastering VCE Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4
By Dr. Christopher Chew
By Dr. Christopher Chew
 The key to succeeding in Specialist Mathematics is staying up to date with the course content and being apply to apply this knowledge to an extensive range of exam questions
 If you fall behind in Specialist Mathematics it is the most difficult subject to catch up on quite simply due to the volume of information you must know how to apply
 There are 3 key components to successfully answering a Specialist Mathematics question:
 Interpretation
 Process, method and execution
 Accuracy
 The following tips and tricks aim to provide advice to improve your performance in these 3 components.
 Ever get stuck on a homework question, try to do the question for a while, find it too difficult, then just move on?
 It is critical in Specialist Mathematics to understand every type of question you encounter at school and at home and not skip over it to “figure it out later”
 If you get stuck on a question, use your school examples/textbook examples to try to work out how to do the question and understand the process over completing the question
 Generally the steps are the same, so once you know how to do it once, you will just have to repeat it for future similar questions
 Don’t give up just because a question is difficult! Not learning how to do the question the first time you encounter it will only come back to haunt you later
 If you still don’t understand the question even after consulting written materials, ask your teacher or tutor as soon as possible to get clarification
 Private tutors can be very helpful in targeting your specific areas of need, and breaking down complex topics into easy to understand chunks of information
 Do not fall for the trap of attributing errors to ”careless mistakes”
 Your teachers, examiners and study score don’t care if your mistake was due to a simple algebra or calculation error, or whether or not you don’t understand the question at all
 Each error has a consequence, so your goal must be to eliminate your errors
 Tips that can help do this:
 If you make careless mistakes frequently, make sure you practice checking your answers at home. Checking answers doesn’t mean looking at the solutions or making sure your working out appears correct. It involves going through each step one by one to determine if your calculations are right, and also where possible using an alternative method to find the answer or back substituting your answer back into the question
 The best time to practice checking your answers to your homework question is at least 1 hour after finishing them. This gives your brain a bit of time to rest, so that when you revisit your homework you are more likely to find your inaccuracies.
 For all questions you do not understand, once you learn how to do the question, record it down into a separate book – I call this a log book or error book. Before the next time you do your homework, sit a test, SAC or exam, take a brief look through this book to remind yourself of the question you previously could not answer, and how the correct method to complete the question should look.
 The only way to improve question interpretation and accuracy is practice
 The most useful types of questions to practice on are practice exams and SACs because they questions model your end of year exam questions
 Some textbook questions are very repetitive and do not always have much benefit in helping you improve your ability to do hard exam questions. It is still important that you know how to do these questions, however it is less important to invest large portions of time to doing textbook questions you can already successfully answer
 Students who performed well in Specialist Mathematics in the past typically finished the course early and then used the rest of the year to do practice questions for exams
 If you are interested in finishing the curriculum early and practicing for your exams, Conquest Education has a team of experienced private tutors, as well as weekly classes tailored towards exam performance which covers the entire curriculum by the end of term 2. Conquest Education also runs weekly exam training sessions after finish the course to give you 45 months of intensive practice exams skills and experience which can be used in your end of year exam
 Find a private tutor here, join a weekly class here, learn about our exam training program here
 You are permitted to use a bound reference in your end of year technology active examination
 Many students prepare their bound reference too late in the year and are inefficient at using this resource on the day of their exam
 Prepare your bound reference throughout the year as you learn the content and use it regularly (if you need it) during your technology active SACs and practice exams
 A wellmade, structured and comprehensive bound reference, regardless of whether it is made by yourself, exstudent or private tutor, are all equally effective as long as you practice using the bound reference
 Conquest Education's Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4 Notes have been used by hundreds of students in their end of year exams and technology active SACs as a clear and effective bound reference