Year 12 - Specialist Maths Unit 3-4

VCE Units 3 and 4 Specialist Mathematics

Specialist Mathematics builds on the queries that are developed in Mathematical Methods 3 & 4.  It also builds on what is learnt in Specialist Mathematics and Mathematical Methods 1 & 2.

  • How do I design a better mobile phone?
  • Does the tow bar on my car support my jet-ski or horse float?
  • What is the volume/capacity of the abstract crystal glass I have just designed?
  • How do I navigate my yacht to win the America’s Cup?
  • Will my hot air balloon land where I want it to?

The content learnt in Specialist Mathematics will enable you to address the above questions and more.

Students will use the CAS (Computer Algebra Systems) calculator as a learning tool to enhance their understanding of the 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 ideas, techniques and processes.


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

  • Application task
  • Modelling or problem-solving tasks
  • Two externally assessed exams

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

  • Vectors
  • Complex Numbers
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Kinematics
  • Mechanics
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Mechanics


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

Specialist Mathematics has Mathematical Methods 3 & 4 as a co-requisite (That is to study Specialist Mathematics you must have studied or are studying Mathematical Methods 3 & 4). You should also have studied Specialist Mathematics 1 & 2. You need to be sure you have the algebra skills to support the content covered in Specialist Mathematics.