What to try and what to skip – VCE Maths Methods

If you want to use Methods Past Exams for study, but are worried about the different curriculum, read on!

The recent curriculum change has been a bit of a drama so far! By far, the biggest issue has probably been the revision of text books (HA!)

Bit of a joke really. There isn’t anything scarier than doing a bunch of practice questions, and thinking you got half of them wrong when you check the back of the book.

Good old reliable BOB wasn’t so reliable.

The second hardest part is probably the fact that past exams might not be 100% reliable as study material anymore, seeing as content has been added and removed from the curriculum of all three Maths subjects in VCE.

So, to make your life a bit easier, I have compiled

a list of all questions that should be either removed or altered in the VCAA Past Exams for Maths Methods.

Based on the these changes:

  • Modulus (absolute value) function has been moved into the Specialist Maths Curriculum
  • Related Rates has been moved in the Specialist Maths Curriculum
  • Calculation of normals is no longer required (although tangents still are)
  • Matrices are technically removed from curriculum, but may still be seen in the context of transformations
  • Markov Chains are not longer in the curriculum
  • Euler’s rule of approximation is removed
  • Statistical Inference (including population parameters, random sampling simulation and the common 95% confidence interval)  has been introduced as a final chapter in the curriculum.

The exams are definitely still a valuable tool for study, but now you can confidently go through them without having a melt down when you stumble across a question you can’t answer.

Visual representation of melt down

Click through the tabs below to see a summary of the effects of the curriculum changes. Points show with no explanation can be skipped. If there is an explanation after a dash, that question can be adjusted so as to still provide valuable practice.

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