Year 11
Year 11
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Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2

Unit 1

Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2 provide an introductory study of simple elementary functions of a single real variable, algebra, calculus, probability and statistics and their applications in a variety of practical and theoretical contexts. They are designed as preparation for Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 and contain assumed knowledge and skills for these units. The focus of Unit 1 is the study of simple algebraic functions, and the areas of study are ‘Functions and graphs’, ‘Algebra’, ‘Calculus’ and ‘Probability and statistics’. At the end of Unit 1, students are expected to have covered the content outlined in each area of study, with the exception of ‘Algebra’ which extends across Units 1 and 2. This content should be presented so that there is a balanced and progressive development of skills and knowledge from each of the four areas of study with connections between and across the areas of study being developed consistently throughout both Units 1 and 2.

In undertaking this unit, students are expected to be able to apply techniques, routines and processes involving rational and real arithmetic, sets, lists and tables, diagrams and geometric constructions, algebraic manipulation, equations, graphs and differentiation with and without the use of technology. They should have facility with relevant mental and by-hand approaches to estimation and computation. The use of numerical, graphical, geometric, symbolic and statistical functionality of technology for teaching and learning mathematics, for working mathematically, and in related assessment, is to be incorporated throughout the unit as applicable.

Entry

It is expected that students will have successfully completed ‘Advanced Mathematics’ in year 10 and study Specialist Mathematics  Units 1 & 2 concurrently with Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2 in preparation for Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4

AREAS OF STUDY

Area of study 1 Functions and graphs

In this area of study students cover the graphical representation of simple algebraic functions (polynomial and power functions) of a single real variable and the key features of functions and their graphs such as axis intercepts, domain (including the concept of maximal, natural or implied domain), co-domain and range, stationary points, asymptotic behaviour and symmetry. The behaviour of functions and their graphs is explored in a variety of modelling contexts and theoretical investigations.


Area of study 2: Algebra

This area of study supports students’ work in the ‘Functions and graphs’, ‘Calculus’ and ‘Probability and statistics’ areas of study, and content is to be distributed between Units 1 and 2. In Unit 1 the focus is on the algebra of polynomial functions of low degree and transformations of the plane.

Area of study 3: Calculus

In this area of study students cover constant and average rates of change and an introduction to instantaneous rate of change of a function in familiar contexts, including graphical and numerical approaches to estimating and approximating these rates of change.

Area of study 4: Probability and statistics

In this area of study students cover the concepts of event, frequency, probability and representation of finite sample spaces and events using various forms such as lists, grids, venn diagrams, karnaugh maps, tables and tree diagrams. This includes consideration of impossible, certain, complementary, mutually exclusive, conditional and independent events involving one, two or three events (as applicable), including rules for computation of probabilities for compound events.

OUTCOMES

For this unit the student is required to demonstrate achievement of three outcomes. As a set these outcomes encompass all of the areas of study for the unit.

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to define and explain key concepts as specified in the content from the areas of study, and apply a range of related mathematical routines and procedures.


Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply mathematical processes in non-routine contexts, including situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches, and analyse and discuss these applications of mathematics.

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to use numerical, graphical, symbolic and statistical functionalities of technology to develop mathematical ideas, produce results and carry out analysis in situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches.


Unit 2

In Unit 2 students focus on the study of simple transcendental functions and the calculus of simple algebraic functions. The areas of study are ‘Functions and graphs’, ‘Algebra’, ‘Calculus’, and ‘Probability and statistics’. At the end of Unit 2, students are expected to have covered the material outlined in each area of study. Material from the ‘Functions and graphs’, ‘Algebra’, ‘Calculus’, and ‘Probability and statistics’ areas of study should be organised so that there is a clear progression of skills and knowledge from Unit 1 to Unit 2 in each area of study.

In undertaking this unit, students are expected to be able to apply techniques, routines and processes involving rational and real arithmetic, sets, lists and tables, diagrams and geometric constructions, algebraic manipulation, equations, graphs, differentiation and anti-differentiation with and without the use of technology. They should have facility with relevant mental and by-hand approaches to estimation and computation. The use of numerical, graphical, geometric, symbolic and statistical functionality of technology for teaching and learning mathematics, for working mathematically, and in related assessment, is to be incorporated throughout the unit as applicable.

AREAS OF STUDY

Area of study 1: Functions and graphs

In this area of study students cover graphical representation of functions of a single real variable and the key features of graphs of functions such as axis intercepts, domain (including maximal, natural or implied domain), co-domain and range, asymptotic behaviour, periodicity and symmetry.

Area of study 2: Algebra

This area of study supports students’ work in the ‘Functions and graphs’, ‘Calculus’ and ‘Probability and statistics’ areas of study. In Unit 2 the focus is on the algebra of some simple transcendental functions and transformations of the plane. This area of study provides an opportunity for the revision, further development and application of content prescribed in Unit 1, as well as the study of additional algebra material.

Area of study 3: Calculus

In this area of study students cover first principles approach to differentiation, differentiation and anti-differentiation of polynomial functions and power functions by rule, and related applications including the analysis of graphs.

Area of study 4: Probability and statistics

In this area of study students cover introductory counting principles and techniques and their application to probability and the law of total probability in the case of two events.

OUTCOMES

For this unit the student is required to demonstrate achievement of three outcomes. As a set these outcomes encompass all of the areas of study for the unit.

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to define and explain key concepts as specified in the content from the areas of study, and apply a range of related mathematical routines and procedures

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply mathematical processes in non-routine contexts, including situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches, and analyse and discuss these applications of mathematics

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to select and use numerical, graphical, symbolic and statistical functionalities of technology to develop mathematical ideas, produce results and carry out analysis in situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches

ASSESSMENT

The award of satisfactory completion for a unit is based on whether the student has demonstrated the set of outcomes specified for the unit. Teachers should use a variety of learning activities and assessment tasks that provide a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate the key knowledge and key skills in the outcomes.
Assessment is part of the regular teaching and learning program and should be completed mainly in class and within a limited timeframe.


Assessment tasks include components completed with and without the use of technology as applicable to the outcomes.

Demonstration of achievement can be based on the student's performance on a selection of the following assessment tasks:
• Assignments
• Tests
• Summary  or review notes
• Modeling tasks
• Problem solving
• Mathematical investigation

Pathways

  • VCE Further Mathematics (Units 3 and 4)
  • VCE Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4)

Students successfully completing both year 11 Specialist Mathematics  and Mathematical Methods are recommended to study any one of the following combinations:

  • Further Mathematics & Mathematical Methods
  • Mathematical Methods only
  • Mathematical Methods & Specialist Mathematics