I agree that the method of the proof of irrationality of e that is implied by the latest Ind. trial paper is easier than the methods implied by earlier HSC questions. However, I think that the earlier HSC questions on the irrationality of e (in particular the 1993 HSC question on this topic) provided a much better test of the Extension 2 syllabus than does the Ind trial paper.
Any news on the HSC Maths syllabus development? Are the BoS still insisting on including the CLT without the necessary recourse to Fourier transforms or characteristic functions?
There is also a syllabus mapping attached to the Ind. paper and it says it's testing Harder Ext. 1 Inequalities in this question. So I'm satisfied that it is adequately testing the syllabus.
I also think it's good to have a variety of methods. So even though the others in HSC exams are harder, they should nevertheless also be done by students.
As for the new syllabus, the CLT and other things more generally, well I think a Mickey Mouse approach is unacceptable. There will be presentations on it at the MANSW conference in a few days from now. Are you going?