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NSW Syllabuses

Mathematics Extension 2 Stage 6 - Year 12 Extension 2 - Vectors Topic: Vectors


A student:

  • MEX12-3

    uses vectors to model and solve problems in two and three dimensions

  • MEX12-7

    applies various mathematical techniques and concepts to model and solve structured, unstructured and multi-step problems

  • MEX12-8

    communicates and justifies abstract ideas and relationships using appropriate language, notation and logical argument

Topic Focus

Vectors involve mathematical representation of a quantity with magnitude and direction and its geometrical depiction. This topic provides a modern language and approach to explore and explain an array of object behaviours in a variety of contexts from purely mathematical or real-life scenarios.

Knowledge of vectors enables understanding of the behaviour of objects according to mathematical law.

Study of vectors is important in developing students’ understanding of an object’s behaviour in two and three dimensions through the use of vectors and/or a calculus-based approach.


MEX-V1: Further Work with Vectors