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Here are some links to the actual VCE further maths exams taken in previous years. They make great practice for your exam to test your knowledge and to get used to the way they ask the questions.
Note: Don’t look at the 2010 exams! Your school will most likely use them as your practice exams and you’ll get the best understanding of what you need to revise if you take those exams without having seen them beforehand. Just like the real thing! If you want your best chance of passing further maths, don’t look at the 2010 past exams until well after your practice exam period in around September/October.
This is the VCAA study design for maths which includes info on the topics that the further maths course covers and what you could be potentially examined on at the end of the year.
VCE Notes and Forum
This site has some further notes for download, but the best bit is the student forum – current VCE students answering questions for other current VCE students. Worth a look.
Essential Further Maths Extras
The authors of the Essential Further maths textbook (Jones, Evans and Lipson) have created a series of quick presentations and activities on most of the topics covered in the book. They sum up the theory for each concept nicely, and watching a presentation on the screen makes for a nice change to reading all about it in your book.
You didn’t hear this from me, but… you don’t need to be using this textbook to be able to view these presentations. They’re on the web for all to see, so even if you’re using Maths Quest or one of the other textbooks, you can still access these activities for free!
MathsOnline is a sort of online classroom for the Australian maths curriculum. It was developed by maths teachers, and best of all it’s completely free. There are video lessons which are really clear with great explanations.
Not all of it relates to the VCE further maths topics, but there are a number of videos that do. I’ve run through a list of the ones that apply to the core (data analysis) section in a previous post to help you get started.
Haese & Harris textbook
The good folks at Haese & Harris publications make excerpts of the further maths textbook written by Christine McRae available online in PDF format. The first two chapters of this textbook on Univariate and Bivariate data are available in their entirety as a PDF, plus the chapter on Module 6 – Matrices is also available to view and download.
This books explains calculator steps using the TI-83, so they’ve also published calculator instructions for both the TI-Nspire CAS and the Casio Classpad CAS which you can download and print, with clear instructions and screenshots.
Merspi is a free question and answer site for the VCE community. You post a question about further maths, or any of your other VCE subjects for that matter, and other students/teachers/tutors will answer them for you. Simple! And free, which we love around here.
There are a few further maths textbooks with partial previews available on google books – scanned copies of the books available legally online for you to read and enjoy. The whole book isn’t available in the preview, but the core section is in each of these, so you can get some more revision notes without spending a dime. The three I found were the MathsWorld textbook, the Excel revise in a month study guide and Cambridge’s further maths checkpoints (2009 edition).
Patrick’s Maths Tutorials
Here’s another maths tutor putting free videos on the web for everyone to learn from. Most of the topics he covers are part of the Maths Methods and Specialist courses, but there are few in there that cover topics from the further maths material, and his explanations are fantastic!