2023 Specialist Maths 3 & 4 Weekly Coaching - Term 1

Gain an advantage over your peers by having a head start on the material.

This term, including the head-start program, focuses on preparation for parts of Area of Study 1: Discrete mathematics, Area of Study 2: Functions and graphs, and Area of Study 5: Space and measurement.

Content includes:
  • Revision of previous year's content
  • Sequences and Series
  • Logic and Proof
  • Circular Functions
  •  Vectors
  • Type of Class

    Group Session
  • Locations

    Box Hill: Face-to-face
    Glen Waverley: Face-to-face
    Online: Livestream / Recorded

Term 1 Course Guide

1. Preparatory Work
2. Logic and Proof
3. Circular Functions
4. Vectors

1. Preparatory Work

  • Trigonometry - Circular Functions
  • The Modulus Function
  • Trigonometry - Sine and Cosine Rules
  • Conics - Circles, Ellipses and Hyperbolas
  • Parametric Equations
WEEK STARTING : 28 / 11 / 22 (PLANNED) & 05 /12/ 22
  • Sequences and Series
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2. Logic and Proof

  • Direct Proof
  • Proof by Contrapositive
  • Proof by Contradiction
  • Equivalent Statements
  • Disproving Statements
  • Quantifiers and Disproving Statements by Counter example
  • Solving Quadratic Inequalities
  • Proving Inequalities
  • Infinite Geometric Series
  • Recurrance Relations

3. Circular Functions

WEEK STARTING : 16 / 01 / 23 (PLANNED)
  • Compound &  Double Angle Formulas
WEEK STARTING : 23 / 01 / 23 (PLANNED)
  • Sums and Products of Sines & Cosines
  • Reciprocal Circular Functions
WEEK STARTING : 30 / 01 / 23 (PLANNED)
  • Inverse Circular Functions
  • Miscellaneous Equation Solving

4. Vectors

WEEK STARTING : 06 / 02 / 23 (PLANNED)
  • Polynomial Remainder Theorem
  • Polynomial Rational-Root Theorem
WEEK STARTING : 13 / 02 / 23 (PLANNED)
  • Review of Set Notation
  • Surds

WEEK STARTING : 20 / 02 / 23 (PLANNED)
  • Applications of Polynomials & Algebraic Exercises
  • The Bisection Method

WEEK STARTING : 27 / 02 / 23 (PLANNED)
  • Applications of Vector Lines & Equations

Frequently asked questions

What textbooks are used in this course?

The recommended textbook is by Cambridge University Press, Senior Mathematics:
These books can be purchased at many bookshops that supply VCE textbooks, for example, Campion Education (or directly via the links below).

Some schools use Jacaranda MathsQuest or Nelson. These can be provided upon request however we recommend the Cambridge text as it has more difficult questions. The other texts are beneficial for supplemental reading only.

What are the tutorial dates and times?

You can download a PDF copy of the tutorial dates and times below.

Glen Waverley - Saturday

Maths Methods 3 & 4 9:00 AM - 11: 00 AM
Specialist Maths 1 & 2 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Specialist Maths 3 & 4 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Maths Methods 1 & 2 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Box Hill - Sunday

Maths Methods 3 & 4 9:00 AM - 11: 00 AM
Specialist Maths 1 & 2 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Specialist Maths 3 & 4 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Maths Methods 1 & 2 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

What CAS Calculator is used in this course?

The recommended CAS calculator is the Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX CAS (Series 1 or 2). This calculator has the best functionality for VCE Mathematics. Support for the CASIO ClassPad is provided, but we highly recommend students using the Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX CAS where possible.

They can be purchased brand new from Officeworks here.

There are two versions of the calculator:
  • TI-Nspire CX, and
  • TI-Nspire CX CAS
Do NOT confuse the two - please ensure you purchase the "TI-Nspire CX CAS" model.

Second hand models are also suitable. Please also note that you may need to replace the battery if you buy an older model.
Batteries can be purchased from Calculator King.

Support for Casio ClassPad will also be provided if required. It is highly recommended that students use the TI-Nspire CX CAS as its functionality and performance are generally superior to that of the ClassPad.

For students undertaking the Computer Based Exam course, we will be using Wolfram Mathematica.

What software is used in this course?

Artin Education utilises a variety of software for Education, both during class and outside of class. Software operating costs are included with fees, there is no separate charge for technology. Below is a list of the core software that we use.

  • Artin Online - our Learning Management System
  • Zoom - for online lessons, all lessons will be delivered in a hybrid mode for 2023 - this means both in-person and online options are available

We also use a variety of other software to facilitate learning. These range from online quizzing, notes to results tracking software.

What do I need to know about fees and payments? 

Artin Education accepts payments using Credit Card via Stripe - you will receive an invoice once payment has been made.

We missed a lesson, and forgot to tell you, can we get a refund?

COVID-19 - What happens if there is a lockdown?

In the event that the Government imposes a lockdown, classes will either be, as determined by the tutor(s)
  • canceled and rescheduled OR
  • temporarily held online only.

There may be short notice if this happens, and students will be contacted via appropriate methods (usually by SMS / text message or email).
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Ming Lian

Ming Lian is the co-founder of Artin Education and its head Mathematics tutor for over 8 years.

Having completed his VCE in 2014 with raw scores of 48 in Mathematical Methods and 50 in Specialist Mathematics, he went on to study Commerce at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Actuarial Studies.

Previously, Ming had worked extensively in the educational industry, working on projects and consulting at Cambridge University Press, Edrolo, Texas Instruments, and more.

At Cambridge University Press, he is one of their presenters for latest Senior Maths and Junior Maths textbooks, with his name published on the interactive book for Specialist Mathematics. In addition, he consults with authors and has written and reviewed material prior to the publication of many new Mathematics textbooks.