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# WACE Maths Methods Unit 2 Year 11 ATAR Course

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## Unit description of WACE Maths Methods Unit 2 Year 11 ATAR Course

The algebra section of WACE Maths Methods Unit 2 Year 11 ATAR Course focuses on exponentials. Their graphs are examined and their applications in a wide range of settings are explored.

Arithmetic and geometric sequences are introduced and their applications are studied.

Rates and average rates of change are introduced, and this is followed by the key concept of the derivative as an ‘instantaneous rate of change’. These concepts are reinforced numerically, by calculating difference quotients both geometrically as slopes of chords and tangents, and algebraically.

Calculus is developed to study the derivatives of polynomial functions, with simple application of the derivative to curve sketching, the calculation of slopes and equations of tangents, the determination of instantaneous velocities and the solution of optimisation problems. The unit concludes with a brief consideration of anti-differentiation.

## Learning outcomes of WACE Maths Methods Unit 2 Year 11 ATAR Course

By the end of this unit, students:

• understand the concepts and techniques used in algebra, sequences and series, functions, graphs and calculus
• solve problems in algebra, sequences and series, functions, graphs and calculus
• apply reasoning skills in algebra, sequences and series, functions, graphs and calculus
• interpret and evaluate mathematical and statistical information and ascertain the reasonableness of solutions to problems
• communicate arguments and strategies when solving problems.

referred from
Mathematics Methods ATAR Course
Year 11 Syllabus
Western Australia School Curriculum and Standards Authority
1 January 2015

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