# VCE Specialist Mathematics/Units 3 and 4: Specialist Mathematics/Common Math Hacks

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## Preface[edit]

This page serves to categorize and organize commonly used mathematical hacks, which allow their users to complete questions faster, and with a greater deal of accuracy.

## Units 3 and 4: Specialist Mathematics[edit]

### Coordinate Geometry[edit]

#### Ellipses, Hyperbolas[edit]

The values and can be fractional, as can be seen by taking the following equation:

- where

Equations found in questions may not be in the general form, and may need to be transformed via the complete the square method::

#### Circles[edit]

Equations found in questions may not be in the general form, and may need to be transformed via the complete the square method, in conjunction with extricating all variables from under root symbols; an example follows: