This is the most difficult Mathematics subject offered in the SACE. It includes the topics Trigonometry (including Trig Calculus), Complex Numbers, Polynomials, Vectors, Geometry, Calculus of 2 Varying Quantities and Differential Equations. It is designed to suit the needs of students who are aiming for a career in Mathematics, Engineering or some other profession requiring proficiency in higher mathematics.
Specialist Mathematics is a prerequisite for students wanting to study Engineering at the University of Adelaide. While it is not absolutely required for students attending UniSA or Flinders, from conversations with students who studied engineering at those universities, it is highly desirable to have successfully completed Specialist Mathematics before beginning those courses.
Finally, Specialist Mathematics gains 2 Bonus Points at all three Universities in South Australia and from past experience you could reasonably expect that the school achievement grade will be scaled up when calculating the ATAR.