Bookings for Term 3 seminars open Monday July 23

Specialist Mathematics

To revise the whole Specialist Mathematics course, you should attend all the seminars for listed below. However, this is not compulsory and you may choose any combination of sessions.

Please bring a calculator to each session.

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Teacher in charge / Paul Urban
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Paul is a highly successful senior Mathematics teacher with more than 30 years’ experience including as a marker for SACE and, more recently, IB Diploma Maths. He will focus you quickly and clearly, with room for personal discussion.

Qualifications: B.Sc. (Hons.), B.Ec.

Session A

Functions and sketching graphs

  • Composition of functions including domain and range
  • One-to one functions, their inverses and graphs of each
  • Sketching graphs including absolute value functions, composition involving absolute value and reciprocal functions, rational functions and behaviour near asymptotes.

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Session B

Complex numbers with polynomials and induction

  • Principle of Mathematical Induction (PMI)
  • Proofs of complex number properties (including the use of PMI)
  • Polynomials; operations (division algorithm; roots, zeros and factors; remainder and factor theorems; real polynomials and irreducible quadratic factors associated with conjugate pair zeros.
  • Application of De Moivre’s Theorem to finding roots of complex numbers and geometric description of these roots.

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Session C

Vector geometry in 2 & 3 dimensions

  • Basic concept of scalars and 2D and 3D vectors together with the geometry and algebra of vectors
  • Operations with vectors including addition, subtraction scalar multiplication and the product of vectors in two different ways
  • Parallel and perpendicular vectors
  • Problem solving with 2D and 3D vectors
  • Finding areas of triangles and parallelograms using vectors.

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Session D

Applications of vectors

  • Equations of lines and planes
  • Finding angles between lines, line and plane, planes
  • Vector proof of geometric properties
  • Problem solving in 2D and 3D geometry including the use of row operations on a system of linear equations.

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Session E

Integration techniques and applications

  • Basic rules derived from the fundamental theorem of calculus
  • Integration by substitution and by parts
  • Using partial fractions
  • The use of inverse trigonometric functions for integration (need for one-to-one functions)
  • Applications involving finding areas and volumes.

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