Beginner’s Guide to Year 11 Maths Advanced

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Confused about all the new changes in the HSC Syllabus? Trying to wrap your head around all the difficult concepts explored? Well, you’ve come to the right place! This Beginner’s Guide to Year 11 Maths Advanced will break down these tricky concepts and create clarity around all the grey areas!

All about the Beginner’s Guide to Year 11 Maths Advanced

Now that the new syllabus for the HSC has commenced, it’s essential that students build on their foundational knowledge from Years 7-10 and grow that knowledge moving forwards in Year 11. This will become an indispensable base for students as they progress into Year 12.

This Guide identifies the skills required to develop mastery over the Year 11 HSC content, whilst also breaking down each concept down into clear and concise theory.

Our purpose for writing this guide is to create clarity around the new syllabus changes surrounding the Year 11 Mathematics Advanced topic and help students prepare for their Year 11 exams.


What’s in this Guide?

1. Further Functions and Relations

  1. Polynomials
  2. Absolute Values
  3. Functional Mapping
  4. Piecewise Functions

2. Trigonometric Functions

  1. Radian Measure
  2. Arcs and Sectors
  3. Solving Trigonometric equations with radians

3. Calculus

  1. Introduction to differentiation
  2. Utilising the Chain Rule, Product Rule and Quotient Rule
  3. Finding the stationary point(s) and determining the nature using the first derivative
  4. Finding the displacement, velocity and acceleration

4. Exponentials and Logarithms

  1. Differentiating Exponentials and solving equations
  2. Differentiating Logarithms and solving equations

5. Statistics

  1. Discrete random variables
  2. Expected value and mean
  3. Variance and standard deviation


How will this Guide help me?

2020 is the first year which contains the new syllabus materials and content. Our goal in this article is to create clarity around the new areas of the new syllabus topics like Statistics and to curate challenging questions which will help prepare you for the HSC.

Ultimately, your goal is to perform well in the HSC. So, this article will have information which will adequately equip you to prepare for the HSC.

We examine the concepts behind the questions rather than pure calculations as we believe this will be beneficial to understanding mathematics rather than just a list of steps. This is the philosophy behind our Matrix method for Maths.

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What are some common student learning difficulties?

In Year 11 Maths, students encounter the following Mathematical weaknesses:

  • A poor understanding of Algebra. Students who have a poor understanding of Algebra will severely struggle with the topics explored in Year 11 mathematics.

For example: Find the solutions of \(x\) for the following quadratic equation:


Students would struggle with this question as many are familiar with factorising but are unfamiliar with the other methods like completing the square or quadratic formula which need to be applied in order to successfully solve the question.

  • Inability to link concepts together. A lack of conceptual understanding in the various topics explored in Advanced Mathematics will eliminate a students ability to tackle questions involving multiple concepts.

For example: Find the values of \(m\) for which the graph of the parabola \(y=x^2+5mx+m\) is always above the \(x\) – axis.

In this question, it’s important a student has a good conceptual understanding on the link between the discriminant and the parabola and solving quadratic inequalities. Without a good conceptual understanding students would assume that “above the \(x\) – axis” translates to solving the discriminant greater than zero rather than below zero.

  • Students struggle to communicate properly the topics learnt, which is a reflection of rote learning and lack of conceptual understanding
  • Unable to do difficult questions. Many students see a difficult question and give up without considering how to approach it. This doesn’t grow confidence and certainly won’t enable students to do later questions in the HSC paper!


What do Band 6 students do differently?

  • Have a good algebraic understanding. Rather than pushing through the Year 11 and 12 topics, band 6 students tend to have an awareness of their weaknesses and go back to previous years and practice their algebraic skills.
  • Keep a logbook of mistakes. Many students enjoy practising questions, but when they reach a question too difficult to solve they skip it and do a question they can solve.
    Outside of exam conditions, you have the freedom to do this but within an exam, it would be unwise to simply skip a question. To combat this, keep a logbook of all questions you are unable to do, and make the time to figure out how to answer it.





  • Consistently give yourself feedback. How can you expect to improve if you don’t check your answers and don’t know where you went wrong? Keep a logbook of all questions you get incorrect, and make clear to yourself how you can correct it. Remember this is year 11. You have plenty of time to formulate new and healthy habits which will ensure less mistakes.





  • Be inquisitive. Ask questions about things you don’t understand! Remember, the better you understand a concept in mathematics, the easier it is to solve questions and remember the steps.
  • Be disciplined. Consistently set aside time to understand one concept. Make it your mission to chip away at it.
  • Communicate what you understand. Learn to explain to your peers how to do a question. It will help you remember and understand as well. It will also reveal to you things you don’t completely understand.

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