# VCE Units 1 & 2 - Mathematical Methods

## VCE Units 1 & 2 - Mathematical Methods

### Overview

Units 1 & 2 Mathematical Methods comprises of a study of Functions and Graphs, Algebra, Probability and Calculus. These areas of study are explored in both units of Mathematical Methods, with a balanced and progressive development of skills from Unit 1 to Unit 2.

### Unit 1

Students study simple algebraic functions and their graphs, focusing mainly on polynomials and other common function types. Students develop skills and knowledge in creating, solving, and graphing various equations, and apply these skills to real world contexts.

*Areas of Study (for both units)*

- Functions and graphs
- Algebra
- Calculus
- Probability and statistics

### Unit 2

Students expand on their study of basic and common functions and graphs through the introduction of transcendental functions. They are introduced to more complex calculus and explore the study of probability. Students develop skills and knowledge in these topics by applying these skills to real world contexts.

### Forms of Assessment

Students will be assessed on their content knowledge, use of technology (CAS calculator) and ability to apply their knowledge and skills to modelling and problem-solving contexts, including real world applications.

Each topic studied will be assessed via either a topic test or investigation task and there will be two exams at the end of each unit (technology free and technology allowed).

### Prerequisites and Corequisites

Students intending to undertake Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2 require a very sound background in Mathematics from the Year 10 Advanced Mathematics program.