WELCOME TO MATH STUDIES IB!!!!
Mathematics is a tool we use to understand and interpret our world. It is the language used to describe
patterns and solve quantitative problems in fields ranging from art and graphic design to science and
engineering. It also develops creativity and higher order thinking skills. Because the level of
mathematical thinking and problem solving needed in the workplace and in the world continues to
increase, those who understand mathematics will have opportunities others do not. Mathematical
competence opens doors to productive futures, and the IB Math Studies program is one of the courses
where students gain such competence.
Mathematical Studies, available as a standard level (SL) subject only, caters to students with varied
backgrounds and abilities. Students embarking on this course need to be equipped with fundamental
skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basic processes. The nature of mathematical studies is such
that it concentrates on mathematics which can be applied to contexts related as far as possible to other
curriculum subjects, to common general world occurrences and to topics that relate to home, work
and leisure situations. The Internal Assessment project provides an opportunity for the student to
undertake an investigation of a mathematical nature in the context of another subject in the
curriculum, a hobby or interest of his/her choice using skills learned before and during the
mathematical studies course.
Mathematical Studies SL Total 150 hrs
The course consists of the study of eight topics.
All topics are compulsory. Students must study all the sub-topics in each of the topics in the syllabus as listed in this guide. Students are also required to be familiar with the topics listed as presumed knowledge (PK).
Syllabus content 130 hrs
Topic 1—Introduction to the graphic display calculator 3 hrs
Topic 2—Number and algebra 14 hrs
Topic 3—Sets, logic and probability 20 hrs
Topic 4—Functions 24 hrs
Topic 5—Geometry and trigonometry 20 hrs
Topic 6—Statistics 24 hrs
Topic 7—Introductory differential calculus 15 hrs
Topic 8—Financial mathematics 10 hrs
Project 20 hrs
The project is an individual piece of work involving the collection of information or the generation of
measurements, and the analysis and evaluation of the information or measurements.