Mathematics Specialist - Gilmore College
Mathematics Specialist – (ATAR) A1MAS/A2MAS
Prerequisite: B grade in Year 10 Mathematics and must enrol in Mathematical Methods Units 1 & 2.
(Recommended A grade in Year 10 Mathematics)
An ATAR course which must be selected in conjunction with Mathematical Methods. The Specialist course provides opportunities beyond those presented in Methods course, to develop rigorous mathematical arguments and proofs, and to use mathematical models more extensively. The course contains topics in functions and calculus that build on and deepen the ideas presented in Methods course. The Specialist course extends understanding of statistics and introduces the topics of vectors, complex numbers and matrices. Unit 1 involves developing mathematical arguments, Euclidean Geometry, vectors and complex numbers. The topic combinations provides techniques that are useful in many areas of mathematics, including probability and algebra. The topic Vectors in the Plane provides perspectives on working in two dimensions.
Unit 2, Matrices provide new perspectives in two dimensional space and Real and Complex Numbers provides a continuation of the study of numbers. The topic Trigonometry contains techniques used in Methods. All topics develop students’ abilities to construct mathematical arguments. The technique of proof by the principle of mathematical induction is introduced.
An ATAR course which provides opportunities, beyond those presented in the Mathematics Methods ATAR course, to develop rigorous mathematical arguments and proofs, and to use mathematical models more extensively. The Mathematics Specialist ATAR course contains topics in functions and calculus that build on and deepen the ideas presented in the Mathematics Methods ATAR course, as well as demonstrate their application in many areas. This course also extends understanding and knowledge of statistics and introduces the topics of vectors, complex numbers and matrices. The Mathematics Specialist ATAR course is the only ATAR mathematics course that should not be taken as a stand-alone course.