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

WACE Maths Specialist Unit 2 of Year 11 ATAR Course contains three topics:

- Trigonometry,
- Matrices, and
- Real and complex numbers.

Trigonometry contains techniques that are used in other topics in both this unit and Unit 3. Real and complex numbers provides a continuation of students’ study of numbers, and the study of complex numbers is continued in Unit 3. This topic also contains a section on proof by mathematical induction. The study of Matrices is undertaken, including applications to linear transformations of the plane.

Access to technology to support the computational aspects of these topics is assumed.

The Mathematics Specialist ATAR course has been designed to be taken in conjunction with the Mathematical Methods ATAR course. The subject contains topics in functions, calculus, probability and statistics that build on and deepen the ideas presented in the Mathematical Methods ATAR course and demonstrate their application in many areas. Vectors, complex numbers and matrices are introduced. The Mathematics Specialist ATAR course is designed for students with a strong interest in mathematics, including those intending to study mathematics, statistics, all sciences and associated fields, economics or engineering at university.

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

By the end of this unit, students:

- understand the concepts and techniques in trigonometry, real and complex numbers, and matrices
- apply reasoning skills and solve problems in trigonometry, real and complex numbers, and matrices
- communicate their arguments and strategies when solving problems
- construct proofs of results
- interpret mathematical information and ascertain the reasonableness of their solutions to problems.

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