# VCE Units 3 & 4 - Specialist Mathematics

## VCE Units 3 & 4 - Specialist Mathematics

### Overview

Specialist Mathematics is a course designed to extend students’ mathematical knowledge and skills. This subject provides a pathway for students intending to pursue careers in Science, Mathematics or Engineering. Students who undertake Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4 will benefit from the consolidation of skills also required in Mathematical Methods Units 3 & 4.

### Unit 3

For Unit 3 a selection would typically include content from the ‘Discrete mathematics’, ‘Functions, relations and graphs’, ‘Algebra, number and structure’, ‘Space and measurement’ and ‘Calculus’ areas of study.

*Areas of Study*

- Discrete mathematics
- Functions, relations, and graphs
- Algebra, number, and structure
- Calculus
- Space and measurement
- Data analysis, probability, and statistics

### Unit 4

In Unit 4 the corresponding selection of content would typically consist of the remaining content from the ‘Discrete mathematics’, ‘Calculus’, and ‘Space and measurement’ areas of study and the content from the ‘Data analysis, probability and statistics’ area of study.

### Forms of Assessment

- Unit 3 Application Task
- Unit 4 Analysis Task (Calculus)
- Unit 4 Analysis Task (Data analysis, probability, and statistics)
- Examination 1 – November (1 hour) Technology Free: Short answer and extended-type questions
- Examination 2 – November (2 hours): Technology Allowed: Multiple choice and extended-type questions

### Prerequisites and Corequisites

- Prerequisite entry to Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4 is the satisfactory completion of Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2 and Specialist Mathematics Units 1 & 2.
- Enrolment in Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4 assumes a current enrolment in, or previous completion of, Mathematical Methods Units 3 & 4.