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Mathematics – Standard Level

  • The IB DP mathematics standard level (SL) course focuses on introducing
    important mathematical concepts through the development of mathematical techniques.
  • It offers students opportunities to learn important concepts and techniques and to gain an understanding of a wide variety of mathematical topics.
  • It prepares students to be able to solve problems in a variety of settings, to develop  more sophisticated mathematical reasoning and to enhance their critical thinking.
  • Enjoy mathematics, and develop an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematics
  • Develop an understanding of the principles and nature of mathematics
  • Communicate clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts
  • Develop logical, critical and creative thinking, and patience and persistence in problem-solving
  • Employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalization
  • Apply and transfer skills to alternative situations, to other areas of knowledge and to future developments
  • Appreciate how developments in technology and mathematics have influenced each other
  • Appreciate the moral, social and ethical implications arising from the work of mathematicians and the applications of mathematics
  • Appreciate the international dimension in mathematics through an awareness of the universality of mathematics and its multicultural and historical perspectives
  • Appreciate the contribution of mathematics to other disciplines, and as a particular “area of knowledge” in the TOK course.

Topic 1: Algebra
Topic 2: Functions and equations
Topic 3: Circular functions and trigonometry
Topic 4: Vectors
Topic 5: Statistics and probability
Topic 6: Calculus

  • KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS

    • Is zero the same as “nothing”?
    • Is mathematics a formal language
    • Trigonometry was developed by successive civilizations and cultures. How is mathematical knowledge considered from a sociocultural perspective?
    • How easy is it to lie with statistics?
    • To what extent does mathematics offer models of real life? Is there always a function to model data behaviour?
  • PAPERS

    Paper 1
    Section A: Compulsory short-response questions based on the whole syllabus.
    Section B: Compulsory extended-response questions based on the whole syllabus.

    Paper 2
    Section A: Compulsory short-response questions based on the whole syllabus.
    Section B: Compulsory extended-response questions based on the whole syllabus.

    Paper 3
    Compulsory extended-response questions based mainly on the syllabus options.

    Mathematical Exploration
    The individual exploration is a piece of written work that involves investigating an area of mathematics.

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