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1 Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum Mathematical Methods Glossary Unit 1 Functions and graphs Asymptote A line is an asymptote to a curve if the distance between the line and the curve approaches zero as they tend to infinity. For example, the line with equation = /2 is a vertical asymptote to the graph of = tan, and the line with equation = 0 is a horizontal asymptote to the graph of = 1/. Binomial distribution = is known as the binomial 1 () () theorem. The numbers = = are called binomial coefficients. () The expansion + Completing the square The quadratic expression + " + can be rewritten as + +. Rewriting it in this way is called completing the square. Discriminant The discriminant of the quadratic expression + " + is the quantity 4" Function A function is a rule that associates with each element in a set a unique element () in a set. We write () to indicate the mapping of to (). The set is called the domain of and the set is called the codomain. The subset of consisting of all the elements : is called the range of. If we write = () we say that is the independent variable and is the dependent variable. Graph of a function The graph of a function is the set of all points (, ) in Cartesian plane where is in the domain of and = Quadratic formula If + " + = 0 with 0, then = ± " quadratic formula.. This formula for the roots is called the

2 Vertical line test A relation between two real variables and is a function and = () for some function, if and only if each vertical line, i.e. each line parallel to the axis, intersects the graph of the relation in at most one point. This test to determine whether a relation is, in fact, a function is known as the vertical line test. Trigonometric functions Circular measure is the measurement of angle size in radians. Radian measure The radian measure of an angle in a sector of a circle is defined by = l/, where is the radius and l is the arc length. Thus an angle whose degree measure is 180 has radian measure. Length of an arc The length of an arc in a circle is given by l = ", where l is the arc length, is the radius and is the angle subtended at the centre, measured in radians. This is simply a rearrangement of the formula defining the radian measure of an angle. Sine rule and cosine rule The lengths of the sides of a triangle are related to the sines of its angles by the equations This is known as the sine rule. sin = sin = sin The lengths of the sides of a triangle are related to the cosine of one of its angles by the equation This is known as the cosine rule. = + 2" cos

3 Sine and cosine functions In the unit circle definition of cosine and sine, cos and sin are the and coordinates of the point on the unit circle corresponding to the angle Period of a function The period of a function is the smallest positive number with the property that + = for all. The functions sin and cos both have period 2 and tan has period Counting and Probability Pascal s triangle Pascal s triangle is a triangular arrangement of binomial coefficients. The row consists of the binomial coefficients, for 0, each interior entry is the sum of the two entries above it, and sum of the entries in the row is 2 Conditional probability The probability that an event occurs can change if it becomes known that another event occurs. The new probability is known as a conditional probability and is written as. If has occurred, the sample space is reduced by discarding all outcomes that are not in the event. The new sample space, called the reduced sample space, is. The conditional probability of event is given by ( ) = ( ). () Independent events Two events are independent if knowing that one occurs tells us nothing about the other. The concept can be defined formally using probabilities in various ways: events A and B are independent if ( ) = ()(), if = () or if =. For events and with non- zero probabilities, any one of these equations implies any other. Mutually exclusive Two events are mutually exclusive if there is no outcome in which both events occur. Point and interval estimates In statistics estimation is the use of information derived from a sample to produce an estimate of an unknown probability or population parameter. If the estimate is a single number, this number is called a point estimate. An interval estimate is an interval derived from the sample that, in some sense, is likely to contain the parameter. A simple example of a point estimate of the probability of an event is the relative frequency of the event in a large number of Bernoulli trials. An example of an interval estimate for is a confidence interval centred on the relative frequency.

4 Relative frequency If an event occurs times when a chance experiment is repeated times, the relative frequency of is /. Unit 2 Exponential functions Index laws The index laws are the rules: =, =, = ", = 1, and " =, for any real numbers,, and, with > 0 and > 0 Algebraic properties of exponential functions The algebraic properties of exponential functions are the index laws: =, =, = ", = 1, for any real numbers,, and, with > 0 Arithmetic and Geometric sequences and series Arithmetic sequence An arithmetic sequence is a sequence of numbers such that the difference of any two successive members of the sequence is a constant. For instance, the sequence 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, is an arithmetic sequence with common difference 3. If the initial term of an arithmetic sequence is a and the common difference of successive members is d, then the nth term t n, of the sequence, is given by: t n = a + (n 1)d for n 1 A recursive definition is t 1 = a, t n+1 = t n + d where d is the common difference and n 1. Geometric sequence A geometric sequence is a sequence of numbers where each term after the first is found by multiplying the previous one by a fixed number called the common ratio. For example, the sequence 3, 6, 12, 24,... is a geometric sequence with common ratio 2. Similarly the sequence 40, 20, 10, 5, 2.5, is a geometric sequence with common ratio 1 2. If the initial term of a geometric sequence is a and the common ratio of successive members is r, then the nth term t n, of the sequence, is given by: t n = ar n 1 for n 1

5 A recursive definition is t 1 = a, t n+1 = rt n for n 1 and where r is the constant ratio Partial sums of a sequence (Series) The sequence of partial sums of a sequence t 1,, t s, is defined by S n = t t n Partial sum of an arithmetic sequence (Arithmetic series) The partial sum S n of the first n terms of an arithmetic sequence with first term a and common difference d. a, a + d, a + 2d,, a + (n 1)d, is S n = n 2 (a + t n) = n 2 (2a + (n 1)d) where t n is the n th term of the sequence. The partial sums form a sequence with S n+1 = S n + t n and S 1 = t 1 Partial sums of a geometric sequence (Geometric series) The partial sum S n of the first n terms of a geometric sequence with first term a and common ratio r, a, ar, ar 2,, ar n 1, is S n = a(rn 1) r 1, r 1. The partial sums form a sequence with S n+1 = S n + t n and S 1 = t 1. Introduction to differential calculus Gradient (Slope) The gradient of the straight line passing through points, and, is the ratio. Slope is a synonym for gradient. Secant A secant of the graph of a function is the straight line passing through two points on the graph. The line segment between the two points is called a chord. Tangent line The tangent line (or simply the tangent) to a curve at a given point can be described intuitively as the straight line that "just touches" the curve at that point. At the curve meet, the curve has "the same direction" as the tangent line. In this sense it is the best straight- line approximation to the curve at the point.

6 Linearity property of the derivative The linearity property of the derivative is summarized by the equations: " " = and " " " for any constant + = " + " Local and global maximum and minimum A stationary point on the graph = () of a differentiable function is a point where = 0. We say that ( ) is a local maximum of the function () if () ( ) for all values of near. We say that ( ) is a global maximum of the function () if () ( ) for all values of in the domain of. We say that ( ) is a local minimum of the function () if () ( ) for all values of near. We say that ( ) is a global minimum of the function () if () ( ) for all values of in the domain of. Unit 3 Further differentiation and applications Euler s number Euler s number is an irrational number whose decimal expansion begins = It is the base of the natural logarithms, and can be defined in various ways including: = and = lim (1 + ). Product rule The product rule relates the derivative of the product of two functions to the functions and their derivatives. If ℎ = () then ℎ = + (), and in Leibniz notation: " " = " " + " " Quotient rule The quotient rule relates the derivative of the quotient of two functions to the functions and their derivatives If ℎ = () () then ℎ = and in Leibniz notation: " = " " " "

7 Composition of functions If = and = for functions and, then is a composite function of. We write = = ( ). For example, = + 3 expresses as a composite of the functions () = and () = + 3 Chain rule The chain rule relates the derivative of the composite of two functions to the functions and their derivatives. If ℎ = then and in Leibniz notation: " " = =, " " " " Concave up and concave down A graph of = () is concave up at a point if points on the graph near lie above the tangent at. The graph is concave down at if points on the graph near lie below the tangent at. Point of inflection A point on the graph of = () is a point of inflection if the concavity changes at, i.e. points near on one side of lie above the tangent at and points near on the other side of lie below the tangent at Second derivative test According to the second derivative test, if = 0, then () is a local maximum of if < 0 and () is a local minimum if > 0 Integrals Antidifferentiation An anti- derivative, primitive or indefinite integral of a function () is a function () whose derivative is (), i.e. () = (). The process of solving for anti- derivatives is called anti- differentiation. Anti- derivatives are not unique. If () is an anti- derivative of, then so too is the function + where is any number. We write " = + to denote the set of all anti- derivatives of. The number is called the constant of integration. For example, since 3, we can write 3 " = + " =

8 The linearity property of anti- differentiation The linearity property of anti- differentiation is summarized by the equations: " " = " for any constant and + " = " + () " for any two functions () and () Similar equations describe the linearity property of definite integrals: " " = " for any constant and + " = " + " for any two functions () and () Additivity property of definite integrals The additivity property of definite integrals refers to addition of intervals of integration : " + " = " for any numbers, and and any function. The fundamental theorem of calculus The fundamental theorem of calculus relates differentiation and definite integrals. It has two forms: " " = and " = () Discrete random variables Random variable A random variable is a numerical quantity whose value depends on the outcome of a chance experiment. Typical examples are the number of people who attend an AFL grand final, the proportion of heads observed in 100 tosses of a coin, and the number of tonnes of wheat produced in Australia in a year. A discrete random variable is one whose possible values are the counting numbers 0,1,2,3,, or form a finite set, as in the first two examples. A continuous random variable is one whose set of possible values are all of the real numbers in some interval. Probability distribution The probability distribution of a discrete random variable is the set of probabilities for each of its possible values. Uniform discrete random variable A uniform discrete random variable is one whose possible values have equal probability of occurrence. If there are possible values, the probability of occurrence of any one of them is 1/.

9 Expected value The expected value () of a random variable is a measure of the central tendency of its distribution. If is discrete, =, where the are the possible values of and = =. If is continuous, = " ", where () is the probability density function of Mean of a random variable The mean of a random variable is another name for its expected value. Variance of a random variable The variance "#() of a random variable is a measure of the spread of its distribution. If is discrete, "# = ( If is continuous, "# = ), where = () is the expected value. ( ) " Standard deviation of a random variable The standard deviation of a random variable is the square root of its variance. Effect of linear change The effects of linear changes of scale and origin on the mean and variance of a random variable are summarized as follows: If is a random variable and = " +, where and are constants, then = " + and "# = "#() Bernoulli random variable A Bernoulli random variable has two possible values, namely 0 and 1. The parameter associated with such a random variable is the probability of obtaining a 1. Bernoulli trial A Bernoulli trial is a chance experiment with possible outcomes, typically labeled success and failure. Unit 4 The logarithmic function Algebraic properties of logarithms The algebraic properties of logarithms are the rules: log " = log + log, log = log, and log 1 = 0, for any positive real numbers, and

10 Continuous random variables and the normal distribution Probability density function The probability density function of a continuous random variable is a function that describes the relative likelihood that the random variable takes a particular value. Formally, if is the probability density of the continuous random variable, then the probability that takes a value in some interval, is given by ". Uniform continuous random variable A uniform continuous random variable is one whose probability density function () has constant value on the range of possible values of. If the range of possible values is the interval [, ] then = if and = 0 otherwise. Triangular continuous random variable A triangular continuous random variable is one whose probability density function () has a graph with the shape of a triangle. Quantile A quantile for a continuous random variable is defined by > =, where 0 < < 1. The median of is the quantile corresponding to = 0.5: > = 0.5 Interval estimates for proportions Central limit theorem There are various forms of the Central limit theorem, a result of fundamental importance in statistics. For the purposes of this course, it can be expressed as follows: If is the mean of independent values of random variable which has a finite mean and a finite standard deviation, then as the distribution of / approaches the standard normal distribution. In the special case where is a Bernoulli random variable with parameter, is the sample proportion, = and = the distribution of (1 ). In this case the Central limit theorem is a statement that as ()/ approaches the standard normal distribution. Margin of error The margin of error of a confidence interval of the form < < + is, the half- width of the confidence interval. It is the maximum difference between and if is actually in the confidence interval. Level of confidence The level of confidence associated with a confidence interval for an unknown population parameter is the probability that a random confidence interval will contain the parameter.

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