Year 11 - Maths Methods Unit 1-2


VCE Units 1 and 2 Mathematical Methods

Mathematical Methods is specifically designed to build on the Algebra, Functions & Probability concepts delivered in previous Mathematics studies. Students then learn to apply skills gained from this subject to solve problems like “Is that skateboard ramp safe?” or “How can materials be minimised when making a package for a product?”

Students must have studied Year 10 Mathematical Methods Semester 2 prior to beginning Unit 1.

Students will use the CAS (Computer Algebra Systems) calculator as a learning tool to enhance their understanding of the above concepts.

This subject is designed to provide access to worthwhile and challenging mathematical learning in a way that takes into account the needs and aspirations of a wide range of students. It is also designed to promote students’ awareness of the importance of mathematics in everyday life in a technological society, and confidence in making effective use of mathematical concepts, processes and skills in practical and theoretical contexts.


Students will engage in the following mathematical activities within the areas of study:

  • Apply knowledge and skills: Learning and practising mathematical algorithms, routines and techniques, and using them to find solutions to standard problems.
  • Model, investigate and solve problems: The application of mathematical knowledge and skills in situations that range from well-defined and familiar to open-ended and unfamiliar, including situations that require investigative, modelling or problem solving approaches.
  • Use technology: The effective and appropriate use of technology to produce results, which support learning mathematics and its application in different contexts.


Main Assessment Tasks: Tasks will include components to be completed with and without the use of technology

  • Skills based tasks (for example, tests)
  • Modelling, problem-solving and mathematical investigations
  • End of Unit Examination

Students will develop knowledge based around the following areas of study:

  • Functions & Graphs, which includes activities such as modelling real life data to investigate the relationship that exists between the two variables.
  • Algebra where students are able to build on skills learnt in previous years and then apply these to different real scenarios.
  • Rates of Change and Calculus, which will involve solving problems such as finding the maximum volume of a closed box with a set amount of cardboard.
  • Probability and Statistics where students conduct simulations of different situations and analyse the outcomes.


  • Text book – see the booklist for the correct title and edition
  • CAS calculator – TI-nspire CX CAS
  • Folder or exercise books
  • Digital device
  • Ruler


Unit 1 and 2 Mathematical Methods leads directly into the VCE Mathematics units of:

  • Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 in conjunction with Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4 or,
  • Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4, or,

If struggling with Units 1 and 2 Mathematical Methods the students can do Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4

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