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Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics

Course Length: 20-credit
Learning Area: Mathematics

Where does it lead?

This subject focuses on mathematics for mathematically capable students who enjoy problem solving and wish to further their studies related to Mathematics at the tertiary level. These students are often pursuing careers relating to engineering, computer science, physical science, mathematical sciences or surveying. It is envisaged that a significant number of tertiary courses will list Specialist Mathematics, Stage 2 as either a prerequisite or assume knowledge.
Stage 1 Specialist Mathematics provides the foundation for further study in Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics.


It will be assumed that students will have successfully completed 20-credits of Stage 1 Specialist Mathematics. It is assumed that those taking Specialist Mathematics are also studying Mathematical Studies or have already completed it.

What is in the course?

This course introduces a number of abstract concepts and develops abilities in mathematical problem solving. Algebraic processes form a significant part of this course. Conceptual thinking is developed through problem solving. Extensive use of the graphics calculator is made to provide numerical results or graphical representations. Then, as in all mathematical courses, there is the need to understand the mathematical concepts, to organise information, solve problems and communicate outcomes using appropriate language and symbols. The specific topics studied in the course are arithmetic and geometric sequences, and series, geometry, vectors in the plane, further trigonometry, matrices and real and complex numbers.


  • Skills and Applications Tasks (tests)
  • Directed Investigation
  • Examination


  • Please note that 10-credits of mathematics are compulsory. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in mathematics to meet SACE numeracy requirements
  • Successful completion of 20 credits of Stage 1 Specialist Mathematics is a prerequisite for Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics
  • Stage 1 Specialist Mathematics is taken concurrently with Stage 1 Mathematical Methods




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