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STUDENT TUTORIALS FOR specialist mathematics – TERM 3 PROGRAM

The term 3 Student ‘live’ tutorial programs for Specialist Mathematics has been posted on the Texas Instruments, Australia website. 

The aim of these FREE tutorial programs is to support teachers with student learning of term 3 concepts, whilst also demonstrating how TI-NspireTM CX CAS technology can assist in efficiently answering exam style questions. 

Prior to each event registered participants will be provided with the exam style questions that will be covered during the ‘live’ tutorial. In addition to demonstrating efficient ways to solve the exam style questions presenters will also provide tips and shortcuts.

All the presenters of these programs are experienced Mathematics Teachers who are also extremely knowledgeable with regards to using TI-Nspire CX CAS technology. It is a great opportunity for students to ask questions.

Teachers of course are welcome to attend too!

All ‘live’ events run for 30mins.

Encourage your students to register and take part in this valuable FREE tutorial series. CLICK HERE

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Program schedule: 5pm on selected Tuesdays (*except for 18 Aug tutorial which will be at 7pm)

Tuesday 4 Aug – Vector Functions with James Mott.

In this Student focused webinar we will analyse the behaviour of time-varying vectors using the TI-Nspire™ CX CAS Calculator. In addition to plotting the path of an object described by a vector function, we will also determine if, and where, the paths of two objects meet, and if and when they ever collide. Register for this live revision interactive webinar, work through sample problems and also get the opportunity to ask questions!

Tuesday 18 Aug – Vector Calculus with Bozenna Graham. (* start time 7pm instead of 5)

In this Student focused webinar we will combine vectors, differential and integral calculus, parametric equations and kinematics to describe the motion of particles in 3 dimensions. We will analyse how the velocity and acceleration vary with time given the position vector and also how to find the cartesian path starting with acceleration and initial conditions. Projectile motion and circular motion will be considered as particular examples. Register for this live revision interactive webinar, work through sample problems and also get the opportunity to ask questions!

Tuesday 1 Sep – Mechanics (Statics) with James Mott.

In this Student focused webinar we will identify forces acting upon an object on a flat surface, an inclined plane, and objects connected by string. We will resolve the forces to determine what, if any, net force is required to ensure the object is in equilibrium. Register for this live revision interactive webinar, work through sample problems and also get the opportunity to ask questions!

Tuesday 15 Sep – Mechanics (Dynamics) with Stephen Crouch.

In this Student focused webinar we will review Newton’s laws of motion and identify how calculus can be used to solve problems involving constant and variable forces. The speed and distance of objects will also be considered. Register for this live revision interactive webinar, work through sample problems and get the opportunity to ask questions!

Tuesday 13 Oct – Exam Revision Part 1 with Bozenna Graham.

In this exam focused student revision webinar we will work through carefully selected Specialist Mathematics exam style multiple choice questions, covering the five areas of study. We will demonstrate accurate and efficient strategies using graphical. algebraic and numeric features of TI-Nspire CX CAS Calculator. Useful examination and technology tips and tricks will also be offered. Register for this interactive webinar, download the sample problems and boost your exam revision

Tuesday 27 Oct – Exam Revision Part 2  with Stephen Crouch.

In this exam focused Student revision webinar we will use TI-Nspire™ CX CAS technology to work through carefully selected Specialist Mathematics exam style extended response questions, covering the five areas of study. We will demonstrate accurate and efficient strategies using functionalities of TI-Nspire™ CX CAS, appropriately chosen from its graphical, algebraic and numeric capabilities. Useful exam and technology tips and tricks will also be offered. Register for this interactive webinar, download the sample problems and boost your exam revision!

Register now to ensure your place in this very helpful tutorial series. CLICK HERE

Live Webinars

FREE Student Term 1 Revision Webinars

Students will have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions and will receive a revision worksheet to practice concepts covered in each webinar.

Specialist Mathematics Program

Thursday 9th April 2020

11am – Graph Sketching (Part 2)

We will show how reciprocal and rational functions can be sketched, including analysis of axes intercepts, asymptotes and stationary & inflection points. 

Watch On Demand

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YouTube video will be available 48 hours after the live event.

Inverse and Reciprocal Trigonometric Functions

Complex Numbers (Part 1)

Complex Numbers (Part 2)

Vectors (Part 1)

Vectors (Part 2)

Calculus (Part 1)

Calculus (Part 2)

Graph Sketching (Part 1)

Live Webinars

FREE Student Term 1 Revision Webinars

Students will have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions and will receive a revision worksheet to practice concepts covered in each webinar.

Specialist Mathematics Program

Wednesday 8th April

10am – Calculus (Part 2)

We will review how to analyse, interpret and approach Related Rates questions, including differentiating parametric equations using your TI Nspire CAS calculator. We will also explore how to efficiently use your calculator to perform implicit differentiation in Exam 2.

11am – Graph Sketching (Part 1)

We will explore the graphs of absolute value functions and various composite functions, where the modulus is involved. Further on, we will consider piecewise functions and how your CAS calculator can be used effectively for piecewise functions: to graph, solve equations and determine continuity and differentiability.

Thursday 9th April 2020

11am – Graph Sketching (Part 2)

We will show how reciprocal and rational functions can be sketched, including analysis of axes intercepts, asymptotes and stationary & inflection points. 

Watch On Demand

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YouTube video will be available 48 hours after the live event.

Inverse and Reciprocal Trigonometric Functions

Complex Numbers (Part 1)

Complex Numbers (Part 2)

Vectors (Part 1)

Vectors (Part 2)

Calculus (Part 1)

Live Webinars

FREE Student Term 1 Revision Webinars

Students will have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions and will receive a revision worksheet to practice concepts covered in each webinar.

Specialist Mathematics Program

Tuesday 7th April 2020

10am – Vectors (Part 2)

We will show how CAS can be used for more advanced vector analysis, such as projections (scalar and vector), linear dependence/independence and geometry proofs.

11am – Calculus (Part 1)

We will review how to find a second derivative using your CAS calculator, along with points of inflection, what they are and how to find them using your CAS calculator, and how they relate to Concavity. We will look at ways of using your TI Nspire CAS Calculator in Exam 2 to efficiently approach questions that involve Differential Calculus. 

Wednesday 8th April

10am – Calculus (Part 2)

We will review how to analyse, interpret and approach Related Rates questions, including differentiating parametric equations using your TI Nspire CAS calculator. We will also explore how to efficiently use your calculator to perform implicit differentiation in Exam 2.

11am – Graph Sketching (Part 1)

We will explore the graphs of absolute value functions and various composite functions, where the modulus is involved. Further on, we will consider piecewise functions and how your CAS calculator can be used effectively for piecewise functions: to graph, solve equations and determine continuity and differentiability.

Thursday 9th April 2020

11am – Graph Sketching (Part 2)

We will show how reciprocal and rational functions can be sketched, including analysis of axes intercepts, asymptotes and stationary & inflection points. 

Watch On Demand

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YouTube video will be available 48 hours after the live event.

Inverse and Reciprocal Trigonometric Functions

Complex Numbers (Part 1)

Complex Numbers (Part 2)

Vectors (Part 1)

Live Webinars

FREE Student Term 1 Revision Webinars

Students will have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions and will receive a revision worksheet to practice concepts covered in each webinar.

Specialist Mathematics Program

Monday 6th April 2020

10am – Complex Numbers (Part 2)

We will explore how to convert between Cartesian and Polar form, how to apply De Moivre’;s Theorem, how to see connections between various representations of a complex number and their graphical equivalents. Your CAS calculator can easily convert a complex equation into a Cartesian relation and graph it on the Argand diagram as rays, lines and circles.

11am – Vectors (Part 1)

We will show how vectors can be entered into the CAS, as well as ways that CAS can be used to effectively deal with operations between two vectors, such as addition/subtraction, dot product and angles between vectors.

Tuesday 7th April 2020

10am – Vectors (Part 2)

We will show how CAS can be used for more advanced vector analysis, such as projections (scalar and vector), linear dependence/independence and geometry proofs.

11am – Calculus (Part 1)

We will review how to find a second derivative using your CAS calculator, along with points of inflection, what they are and how to find them using your CAS calculator, and how they relate to Concavity. We will look at ways of using your TI Nspire CAS Calculator in Exam 2 to efficiently approach questions that involve Differential Calculus. 

Wednesday 8th April

10am – Calculus (Part 2)

We will review how to analyse, interpret and approach Related Rates questions, including differentiating parametric equations using your TI Nspire CAS calculator. We will also explore how to efficiently use your calculator to perform implicit differentiation in Exam 2.

11am – Graph Sketching (Part 1)

We will explore the graphs of absolute value functions and various composite functions, where the modulus is involved. Further on, we will consider piecewise functions and how your CAS calculator can be used effectively for piecewise functions: to graph, solve equations and determine continuity and differentiability.

Thursday 9th April 2020

11am – Graph Sketching (Part 2)

We will show how reciprocal and rational functions can be sketched, including analysis of axes intercepts, asymptotes and stationary & inflection points. 

Watch On Demand

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YouTube video will be available 48 hours after the live event.

Inverse and Reciprocal Trigonometric Functions

Complex Numbers (Part 1)

Live Webinars

FREE Student Term 1 Revision Webinars

Students will have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions and will receive a revision worksheet to practice concepts covered in each webinar.

Specialist Mathematics Program

Friday 3rd April 2020

10am – Inverse and Reciprocal Trigonometric Functions

We will review inverse and reciprocal trigonometric functions; what they are, how to sketch them, how to find maximal domain, and how to solve trigonometric equations using your TI Nspire CAS Calculator.

11am – Complex Numbers (Part 1)

We will explore the conjugate root theorem and show how your CAS calculator can be used effectively in exam type questions. In particular, we will illustrate, with examples, when to use cSolve versus cZeros or cFactor; how to use expand and other Algebra features to save you time in Exam 2 multiple choice and extended response section.

Monday 6th April 2020

10am – Complex Numbers (Part 2)

We will explore how to convert between Cartesian and Polar form, how to apply De Moivre’;s Theorem, how to see connections between various representations of a complex number and their graphical equivalents. Your CAS calculator can easily convert a complex equation into a Cartesian relation and graph it on the Argand diagram as rays, lines and circles.

11am – Vectors (Part 1)

We will show how vectors can be entered into the CAS, as well as ways that CAS can be used to effectively deal with operations between two vectors, such as addition/subtraction, dot product and angles between vectors.

Tuesday 7th April 2020

10am – Vectors (Part 2)

We will show how CAS can be used for more advanced vector analysis, such as projections (scalar and vector), linear dependence/independence and geometry proofs.

11am – Calculus (Part 1)

We will review how to find a second derivative using your CAS calculator, along with points of inflection, what they are and how to find them using your CAS calculator, and how they relate to Concavity. We will look at ways of using your TI Nspire CAS Calculator in Exam 2 to efficiently approach questions that involve Differential Calculus. 

Wednesday 8th April

10am – Calculus (Part 2)

We will review how to analyse, interpret and approach Related Rates questions, including differentiating parametric equations using your TI Nspire CAS calculator. We will also explore how to efficiently use your calculator to perform implicit differentiation in Exam 2.

11am – Graph Sketching (Part 1)

We will explore the graphs of absolute value functions and various composite functions, where the modulus is involved. Further on, we will consider piecewise functions and how your CAS calculator can be used effectively for piecewise functions: to graph, solve equations and determine continuity and differentiability.

Thursday 9th April 2020

11am – Graph Sketching (Part 2)

We will show how reciprocal and rational functions can be sketched, including analysis of axes intercepts, asymptotes and stationary & inflection points. 

Watch On Demand

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YouTube video will be available 48 hours after the live event.

Live Webinars

FREE Student Term 1 Revision Webinars starting this Friday, 3rd April!

This program has been developed to assist Unit 3 students consolidate term 1 concepts, whilst also demonstrating how their TI-Nspire™ CAS technology can assist in efficiently answering exam style questions.

Students will have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions and will receive a revision worksheet to practice concepts covered in each webinar.

Specialist Mathematics Program

3rd April – Inverse and Reciprocal Trigonometric Functions

3rd April – Complex Numbers (Part 1)

6th April – Complex Numbers (Part 2)

6th April – Vectors (Part 1)

7th April – Vectors (Part 2)

7th April – Calculus (Part 1)

8th April – Calculus (Part 2)

8th April – Graph Sketching (Part 1)

9th April – Graph Sketching (Part 2)

Further Mathematics and Mathematical Methods Programs will be posted later this week.

Please share the registration link with your students. Teachers are welcome to attend!

Free software for students and teachers

We are pleased to offer all students and teachers free, six-month software licenses for the following:

  • TI-NspireTM CX CAS and TI-NspireTM CX  Student Software
  • TI-NspireTM CX  Premium Teacher Software
  • TI-SmartviewTM CE emulator software for the TI-84 Plus graphing family
  • TI-30XB scientific calculator SmartviewTM emulator 

In addition, we have made the TI-Nspire™ CAS App for iPad® and TI-Nspire™ App for iPad® free for download through April 2020.