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VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
« on: February 28, 2019, 09:30:01 pm »
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VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
by AlphaZero (Dan)

Hey everyone, I've been meaning to start this thread for a while, but I've had no time. I did a summer semester at university (which was pretty intense) and I've been super busy lately writing exams (see my signature). I have no idea what direction this thread will take, but I guess we will see. If no one is interested in these, then so be it Į\_(ツ)_/Į.

How will this work?
Basically, you folks request a topic that you would like me to write a concise guide on! This can be any topic you like. For example: transformations of the plane with matrices, inverse functions, sketching polynomial functions, confidence intervals for the population proportion, etc. I going to aim to produce around one guide every 1-2 weeks, but keep in mind, I'm a very busy person, so I apologise in advance if you don't see anything from me for some time. If I get lots of different requests, I'll pick the most popular.

But...
Please remember that these are meant to be miniature guides for people to learn from. Do not message me with "can you write a guide on calculus?" There are entire textbooks on calculus. To write a 'concise' guide on such a topic would be futile due the amount of detail I would need to omit to make it even remotely brief. And, as most of you would know, omitting details, particularly in this subject, does not serve students well.

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1.  Using Inverse Functions in Integration

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Re: VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2019, 10:26:01 pm »
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Any chance you could help us spesh students out?   ???
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2019, 10:34:37 pm »
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Any chance you could help us spesh students out?   ???

Just made the spesh thread :)
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Re: VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 07:42:39 am »
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Hey AlphaZero!
Just want to say firstly thank you for doing this. Itís excellent.

Thereís two specific sections that I believe are a little ignored and could use some detailed explanation. These also happen to be sections that have been used by VCAA to separate students in past years.


1. The application and uses of addition of ordinates. This is often a part of the study design that is briefly touched on by schools and never discussed again. This was exploited by VCAA last year in Exam 2, Question 2 (Short answer)


2. The relationship between a function and itís inverse, the area between a function and itís inverse and the effect of transforming a function on its inverse. Here iím referring to questions like Question 5e-g (2018 Exam 2), 2017 NHT Exam 2 Multiple choice Q15 and Question 4b-i 2017 VCAA exam 2.
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Re: VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2019, 06:30:47 pm »
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2. The relationship between a function and itís inverse, the area between a function and itís inverse and the effect of transforming a function on its inverse. Here iím referring to questions like Question 5e-g (2018 Exam 2), 2017 NHT Exam 2 Multiple choice Q15 and Question 4b-i 2017 VCAA exam 2.
Also I believe integrating inverses by taking the square - the integral of the original function isn't taught very well (2018 VCAA exam 2 question 5) I believe.
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Re: VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 01:51:30 pm »
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Maybe something on sketching sin, cos, tan graphs? Different approaches that could be taken and the steps that could be taken.

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Re: VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2019, 08:48:54 pm »
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1.  Using Inverse Functions in Integration
9 March 2019

Prerequisite knowledge
> Finding the rule, domain and range of the inverse of a function
> The fundamental theorem of calculus
> Antidifferention of all the functions investigated in the subject excluding logarithmic functions and the tangent function
> Finding the area between curves in the plane

Introduction
Integration in VCE Mathematical Methods, aside from a few topics in probability and statistics, is mostly used in geometric applications - mainly to find areas of the plane with uncommonly shaped boundaries. Given the limited number of techniques available to us to find antiderivatives of functions by hand, we can sometimes find ourselves a bit lost trying to find the exact area of a region when given a function which we might not know how to antiderive. Further, using the geometric properties of a function's inverse, we can often simplify the amount of work required to arrive at a conclusion. In this guide, I'll present the solutions to two problems. Please attempt the questions before reading the solution.



Question 1 [Exam 1]

Let  \(f:[0,\;\infty)\to\mathbb{R},\ f(x)=\log_e(x+1)\).

\(\mathbf{a.}\quad\)Find the rule of \(f^{-1}\).

Solution
\[x=\log_e\!\big(f^{-1}(x)+1\big)\implies f^{-1}(x)=e^x-1\]

\(\mathbf{b.}\quad\)Find the area of the region bounded by the graph of \(f\), the \(x\)-axis and the line \(x=2\).

Solution
Consider the following figure which shows the graph of \(f\) (in red), the graph of \(f^{-1}\) (in blue), the required region (in red), and another region (in blue).


By symmetry about the line  \(y=x\)  (in black), it is clear that the required region (in red) is the same as the region bounded by the graph of \(f^{-1}\), the \(y\)-axis and the line \(y=2\) (in blue).

Thus, we have \begin{align*}A&=\int_0^{\log_e(3)}\!\Big(2-(e^x-1)\Big)dx\\
&=\int_0^{\log_e(3)}\!\Big(3-e^x\Big)dx\\
&=\Big[3x-e^x\Big]_0^{\log_e(3)}\\
&=3\log_e(3)-3-\big(0-1\big)\\
&=3\log_e(3)-2\ \ \text{units}^2 \end{align*}
For those of you that know integration by parts (which is not required in this subject), you can very easily verify the above answer.\begin{align*}A&=\int_0^2 \log_e(x+1)dx\\
&=\int_0^2\frac{d}{dx}\big[x+1\big]\log_e(x+1)dx\\
&=\Big[(x+1)\log_e(x+1)\Big]_0^2-\int_0^2 (x+1)\frac{d}{dx}\big[\log_e(x+1)\big]dx\\
&=\Big[(x+1)\log_e(x+1)\Big]_0^2-\int_0^2 dx\\
&=\Big[(x+1)\log_e(x+1)\Big]_0^2-\Big[x\Big]_0^2\\
&=3\log_e(3)-0-\big(2-0\big)\\
&=3\log_e(3)-2\ \ \text{units}^2\end{align*}



Question 2 [VCAA 2018 Exam 2 - Question 5]

Consider functions of the form \(f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R},\ f(x)=\dfrac{81x^2(a-x)}{4a^4}\)  and  \(h:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R},\ h(x)=\dfrac{9x}{2a^2}\), where \(a\) is a positive real number.

\(\mathbf{a.}\quad\)Find the coordinates of the local maximum of \(f\) in term of \(a\).

Solution
\[f'(x)=0\implies x=0\ \text{or}\ x=\frac{2a}{3}\] Since \(f\) is a 'negative cubic', the local maximum occurs at \[\left(\frac{2a}{3},\ \frac{3}{a}\right)\]

\(\mathbf{b.}\quad\)Find the \(x\)-values of all the points of intersection between the graphs of \(f\) and \(h\), in terms of \(a\) where appropriate.

Solution
\[f(x)=h(x)\implies x=0,\ \frac{a}{3},\ \frac{2a}{3}\]

\(\mathbf{c.}\quad\)Determine the total area of the regions bounded by the graphs of  \(y=f(x)\)  and  \(y=h(x)\).

Solution
A quick sketch of the graph of \(f\) (in red) and \(h\) (in blue) for some values of \(a\) shows that  \(h(x)>f(x)\)  for  \(0<x<\dfrac{a}{3}\)  and that  \(f(x)>h(x)\)  for  \(\dfrac{a}{3}<x<\dfrac{2a}{3}\).


Thus, the total area of the required regions is given by \begin{align*}A&=\int_0^{a/3}\Big[h(x)-f(x)\Big]dx+\int_{a/3}^{2a/3}\Big[f(x)-h(x)\Big]dx\\
&=\frac18\ \ \text{units}^2\end{align*} Note that we could have also evaluated integral expressions along the lines of \[2\int_0^{a/3}\Big[h(x)-f(x)\Big]dx\quad\text{or}\quad \int_0^{2a/3}\Big|f(x)-h(x)\Big|dx.\]

Consider the function  \(g:\left[0,\ \dfrac{2a}{3}\right]\to\mathbb{R},\ g(x)=\dfrac{81x^2(a-x)}{4a^4}\), where \(a\) is a positive real number.

\(\mathbf{d.}\quad\)Evaluate  \(\dfrac{2a}{3}\times g\!\left(\dfrac{2a}{3}\right)\).

Solution
\begin{align*}\dfrac{2a}{3}\times g\!\left(\dfrac{2a}{3}\right)&=\frac{2a}{3}\times\frac{3}{a}\\
&=2 \end{align*}

\(\mathbf{e.}\quad\)Find the area bounded by the graph of \(g^{-1}\), the \(x\)-axis and the line  \(x=g\!\left(\dfrac{2a}{3}\right)\).

Solution
One should note in this question that it is not possible to find an expression for the rule of \(g^{-1}\) in terms of \(x\) and \(a\), and so we must use symmetry to answer this question.

In the following image, we are required to find the area of the region with green boundaries. I've also included red boundaries for another region, which clearly has the same area.


We can evaluate the required area using the technique as in Question 1 part b above, or we could utilise our result from part e, which gives the area of the rectangle with opposite vertices at the end points of the graph of \(g\).

Thus, the area of the region is given by \begin{align*}A&=2-\int_0^{2a/3}g(x)\,dx\\
&=1\ \ \text{unit}^2 \end{align*}

\(\mathbf{f.}\quad\)Find the value of \(a\) for which the graphs of \(g\) and \(g^{-1}\) have the same endpoints.

Solution
The graphs of \(g\) and \(g^{-1}\) always have an endpoint at \((0,\ 0)\), and so we just require \[\dfrac{2a}{3}=g\!\left(\dfrac{2a}{3}\right)\implies a=\frac{3\sqrt{2}}{2}.\]

\(\mathbf{g.}\quad\)Find the area enclosed by the graph of \(g\) and \(g^{-1}\) when they have the same endpoints.

Solution
Consider the following figure which shows the graphs of \(g\), \(g^{-1}\) and  \(y=x\).


But, from part b, we know that the graph of \(h\) should intersect the graph of \(g\) at  \(x=0,\ \dfrac{a}{3},\ \dfrac{2a}{3},\)  and so indeed, we have  \(h(x)=x\)  for  \(a=\dfrac{3\sqrt2}{2}\).
Hence, by symmetry, the required area is just double that of the area found in part c. \[A=\frac14\ \ \text{units}^2\]



Conclusion
Well, this guide was certainly an interesting one to write. It was a very specific topic, but I definitely enjoyed providing in-depth explanations of both questions. Thank you to Lear and undefined for suggesting this topic. If I have made any typos / errors, please let me know so I can fix them!

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Re: VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2019, 08:52:50 pm »
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You're an absolute jet, Alpha. We haven't really covered much of this yet, but it's given me a great overview on what to expect.
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Re: VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2019, 09:46:05 pm »
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Hey AlphaZero! Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to write this! Methods can get incredibly frustrating sometimes but your guide above really simplified a lot of things for me!

I was wondering if a guide on efficiently using the CAS is possible? Not exactly related to any specific methods concept but it's something many (myself included hehehe) struggle with! Like, I've heard there are commands you can manually 'define' into the CAS to really save time on working out (not sure if that makes sense).

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Re: VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2019, 10:37:31 pm »
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Hey there, I've been thinking about writing CAS guides for both Methods and Specialist, but have found it a little difficult to proceed when there are two CAS calculators students use. I personally used the Ti-Nspire CAS in VCE, but I felt it would be incomplete without having the Casio Classpad guide included, so I've been putting it off. Just also want to add that I truly don't believe you need to write your own CAS functions to do well in VCE Maths. I find that sometimes it over-complicates often trivial tasks and takes away from the mathematical processes that are being used. Remember, you actually need to write down your working and reasoning, not just chuck in some numbers, expressions and variables into a CAS function that outputs the answer.

Side note: I'm really sorry that I haven't been able to put out many guides after the first one. I've been so freakin busy with Uni and haven't really found the time to do anything for the concise guides threads. I've been trying to stay active on the forums, but honestly, as the uni semester progresses, it's just becoming harder and harder to do so. Perhaps once the mid-semester break comes around, I'll make up for it by writing a few. (But again, we'll have to see) :(
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Re: VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3&4: Concise Guides
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2019, 08:48:19 pm »
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Thanks so much for this!! would you be able to do one for sketching sin and cos graphs with ALL the embellishments (like a complex domain, translation, dilation) regarding finding endpoints and figuring out how many cycles you can fit in without taking ages
Thanks again!

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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2019, 08:54:34 pm »
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Thanks so much for this!! would you be able to do one for sketching sin and cos graphs with ALL the embellishments (like a complex domain, translation, dilation) regarding finding endpoints and figuring out how many cycles you can fit in without taking ages
Thanks again!


In the meantime, have you had a look at the guides that have already been written up? If not, take a look at the methods resource thread (stickied) on the methods board. :)

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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2019, 09:01:44 pm »
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there are two CAS calculators students use
There are three. TI-Nspire, Casio Classpad and Wolfram Mathematica (which is what I use).
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