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NSW Syllabuses

Mathematics Extension 2 Stage 6 Course Description

Course No: TBC

1 unit Year 12 (HSC) Board Developed Course

Prerequisites:

The Mathematics Extension 2 Year 12 course has been developed on the assumption that students have studied the content and achieved the outcomes of the Mathematics Advanced Year 11 course and the Mathematics Extension 1 Year 11 course. The Mathematics Extension 2 Year 12 course has also been constructed on the assumption that students are concurrently studying the Mathematics Advanced course and the Mathematics Extension 1 Year 12 course.

Exclusions:

Students may not study the Mathematics Standard 1 Year 12 course or the Mathematics Standard 2 Year 12 course in conjunction with the Mathematics Extension 2 Year 12 course.

Course Description

  • All students studying the Mathematics Extension 2 course will sit for an HSC examination.
  • The Mathematics Extension 2 Year 12 course includes the Mathematics Extension 1 Year 12 course, and therefore also the Mathematics Advanced Year 12 course.
  • The Stage 6 Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 courses form a continuum.

The study of Mathematics Extension 2 in Stage 6:

  • enables students to develop strong knowledge, understanding and skills in working mathematically and in communicating concisely and precisely
  • provides opportunities to develop strong mathematical manipulative skills and a deep understanding of the fundamental ideas of algebra and calculus, as well as an awareness of mathematics as an activity with its own intrinsic value, involving invention, intuition and exploration
  • provides opportunities at progressively higher levels for students to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to concepts within areas of mathematics that have applications in an increasing number of contexts
  • provides a basis for the study of a wide range of useful applications of mathematics
  • provides a strong foundation for further study of mathematics.

Content

The Mathematics Extension 2 course is comprised of five Topics, with the Topics divided into Subtopics. The Topics and Subtopics are:

Year 12

Topic: Proof

  • The Nature of Proof
  • Further Proof by Mathematical Induction

Topic: Vectors

  • Further Work with Vectors

Topic: Complex Numbers

  • Introduction to Complex Numbers
  • Using Complex Numbers

Topic: Calculus

  • Further Integration

Topic: Mechanics

  • Applications of Calculus to Mechanics