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7 Maths Extension 1 Questions To Test Your HSC Readiness

In this post, Head Maths Teacher Oak Ukrit has set 7 Maths Extension 1 head-scratchers you need to be able to solve if you think you're HSC ready.

Think you’re all sorted for your HSC? Well, let’s find out. Head Maths Teacher, Oak Ukrit, has put together this post to test your knowledge. He knows that you must be able to solve these 7 Maths Extension 1 problems to ace your HSC Exam. So, strap on your thinking cap and get to work!

Question 1 – Parametric / Locus


P(2at,at2) and Q(2as,as2) are two points on the parabola x2 = 4ay. The chord PQ subtends a right angle at the origin O. If R is the fourth vertex of the rectangle POQR, show that

a. \(st = -4\)

b. R is specified parametrically by

\(x=\frac{2a(t^{2}-4)}{t},  y= \frac{a(t^{4} +16)}{t^{2}}\)

c. The cartesian equation of the locus of R is




Question 2 – Rates of Change


A circular cylinder with height 6cm and base radius 4cm sits on a table with its axis vertical. A point source of light moves vertically up at a speed of 3cm/s above the central axis of the cylinder, thus casting a circular shadow on the table. Find the rate at which the radius of the shadow is decreasing when the light is 4cm above the top of the cylinder.


-4.5 cms-1


Question 3 – Projectile Motion

A projectile is fired from the origin with velocity and with angle of elevation θ, where \( θ < \frac {π}{2}\).

You may assume that \( x =Vt cos θ\) and \( y = -\frac {1}{2}gt^{2} + Vt sin θ \) where x and y are the horizontal and vertical displacements of the projectile in metres from 0 at the time seconds after firing.

a. Show that

 \( y = x \ tan θ \ – \frac {x^2(1 + tan ^2 θ)}{4h}\)


\(\frac{V^2}{2g} = h\)

Is the equation of the flight of the projectile.


b. Show that the point (X, Y), where X ≠ 0 can be hit by firing at two different angles θand θ2, provided \(X^{2} < 4h(h -Y)\)


c. Show that no point above the x-axis can be hit by firing at two different angles θand θ2, satisfying \( θ_{1} < \frac {\pi}{4}\) and \(θ_{2} < \frac{\pi}{4}\).


Question 4 – Inverse Trigonometry


a. Find



(i) 0

b. Hence sketch

\( y = tan ^{-1}x + tan^{-1}(\frac{1}{x})\)


For \( – 2 \leq x \leq 2\)


Question 5 – Simple Harmonic Motion


A particle is moving in simple harmonic motion of period T about a centre 0. Its displacement at any time t is given by \(x = a \ sin (nt)\), where a is the amplitude.

a. Show that

\(\dot{x}=\frac{2 \pi a}{T} cos (\frac{2 \pi t}{T})\)


b. The point P lies D units on the positive side of 0. Let V be the velocity of the particle when it first passes through P.

Show that the time between the first two occasions when the particle passes through P is

\(\frac{T}{\pi}tan^{-1} \frac{2 \pi D}{VT}\)


Question 6 – Integration


\(\int_{0}^{\frac{2}{3}} \frac{1}{4 + 9x^2} \ dx\)





Question 7 – Binomial

Find the greatest coefficient in the expansion of \( (5+2x)^{12}\)





How did you do? Did you get them all correct?


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Written by Oak Ukrit

Oak is the Head of Mathematics at Matrix Education and has been teaching for over 12 years and has been helping students at Matrix since 2016. He has 1st class honours in Aeronautical Engineering from UNSW where he taught for over 4 years while he was undertaking a PhD. When not plane spotting he enjoys landscape photography.


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