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    Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    What do you think are the hardest questions given in the HSC maths (2u, 3u, 4u) exam?
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rathin View Post
    What do you think are the hardest questions given in the has maths (2u, 3u, 4u) exam?
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    How many years back are we allowed to go?
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    I think lets say back to 2001. Although the syllabus hasn't changed really since 1989. (A minor update in like 2012 or something).
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Lets discuss the recent ones in this century
    But it is open for discussion for any year your like
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    2001 2U very last question - I was told the committee got fired for putting in that question..
    2003 Ext 1 very last question.

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Very last question of 2000 2U was pree hard
    I'd heard about that specific question multiple times before actually doing the exam as well, so that goes to show

    (I got it though )

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    It usually the last few questions. In terms of topics, not sure which 2U topic is the hardest, in 3U it's Perms and combs, probability and simple harmonic motion (I think) and in 4U, it's harder 3U and I think mechanics (you got an advantage in this if you do physics)

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by eyeseeyou View Post
    It usually the last few questions. In terms of topics, not sure which 2U topic is the hardest, in 3U it's Perms and combs, probability and simple harmonic motion (I think) and in 4U, it's harder 3U and I think mechanics (you got an advantage in this if you do physics)
    It's mostly harder 3U and mechanics but I've seen some really devious volumes question overthrow 4U kids before

    2u hardest topic is just appns of calculus but the harder 2U questions (e.g. 2013 paper) really try to twist with what you know.

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nailgun View Post
    Very last question of 2000 2U was pree hard
    I'd heard about that specific question multiple times before actually doing the exam as well, so that goes to show

    (I got it though )

    #notevenhumblebrag
    I went to look it up.

    Lol, the snow question. Yeah someone asked for help (irl) for that one before; it's just hard to wrap your head around the wording that's all

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    what topic generally has the hardest qu. in 3u? I don't really see any of them as contenders.
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by DatAtarLyfe View Post
    what topic generally has the hardest qu. in 3u? I don't really see any of them as contenders.
    Projectile motion
    Binomial theorem

    ^Two classic candidates for last question

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    hmmm projectile motion can be a pain, but doable.
    I found binomial quite easy, the harder 3u version is a little bit more challenging.
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by DatAtarLyfe View Post
    hmmm projectile motion can be a pain, but doable.
    I found binomial quite easy, the harder 3u version is a little bit more challenging.
    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au...aths-ext-1.pdf
    Q14(b). Go do it.

    But yeah 2003 MX1 last question.. that was a horrible projectiles question to do

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by leehuan View Post
    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au...aths-ext-1.pdf
    Q14(b). Go do it.

    But yeah 2003 MX1 last question.. that was a horrible projectiles question to do
    looks like a paradoxica marathon q
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Know any hard 4u questions?
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    HArdest 2U topic: Applications of calculus to the physical world
    3U: perms and combs, probability, binomial theorem, simple harmonic motion
    4U: Harder 3U, mechanics and volumes

    Can someone please correct me

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by eyeseeyou View Post
    HArdest 2U topic: Applications of calculus to the physical world
    3U: perms and combs, probability, binomial theorem, simple harmonic motion
    4U: Harder 3U, mechanics and volumes

    Can someone please correct me
    2U probability is harder than 3U binomial probability if you ask me
    Projectiles are typically a bit harder than SHM. On occasion SHM has been harder.

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by leehuan View Post
    2U probability is harder than 3U binomial probability if you ask me
    Projectiles are typically a bit harder than SHM. On occasion SHM has been harder.
    2u prob is pree ez tbh
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    In the 1998 (I think?) 4U HSC there was a question to prove the AM-GM inequality which iirc only 4 people successfully answered according to the marker's notes. There was also a tricky proof for the irrationality of pi sometime in the early-mid '00s iirc
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    ohhh fck half the state doing 4u got stuck doing the last integration question in 2014 despite it being easy. it probs the fact that the last question was only 3 marks that confused everyone.

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by porcupinetree View Post
    In the 1998 (I think?) 4U HSC there was a question to prove the AM-GM inequality which iirc only 4 people successfully answered according to the marker's notes. There was also a tricky proof for the irrationality of pi sometime in the early-mid '00s iirc
    oh that shit. when i was attempting the paper, took me like 30 minutes just to do that question lel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi there444 View Post
    ohhh fck half the state doing 4u got stuck doing the last integration question in 2014 despite it being easy. it probs the fact that the last question was only 3 marks that confused everyone.
    It was deceptive, the 2014 last question

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    Quote Originally Posted by leehuan View Post
    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au...aths-ext-1.pdf
    Q14(b). Go do it.

    But yeah 2003 MX1 last question.. that was a horrible projectiles question to do
    Lol i did that question whilst studying for my term 4 exam on binomial. I've done it but i can't remember how, only that it took me a while to do
    Quote Originally Posted by leehuan View Post
    It was deceptive, the 2014 last question
    That took me like 3 secs, just used reverse quotient rule.
    Its only coz ive seen a similar question in...terry lee? Or was it a worksheet? I cant remember
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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Quote Originally Posted by DatAtarLyfe View Post
    Lol i did that question whilst studying for my term 4 exam on binomial. I've done it but i can't remember how, only that it took me a while to do

    That took me like 3 secs, just used reverse quotient rule.
    Its only coz ive seen a similar question in...terry lee? Or was it a worksheet? I cant remember
    How often did I use reverse quotient rule in my life...never until I started realising I needed to take my integration skills beyond that of the easy

    Pretty sure most of the state wouldn't have considered reverse quotient rule either. Heck, even reverse product rule throws me off at times.

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    Re: Hardest Questions In HSC maths?

    Yeh i never even use quotient rule period, just product rule everything. But i think i might keep it up my sleeve for dem integrations
    I am rather fond of a sizeable Gluteus Maximus and I am incapable of uttering a falsehood

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