
WELCOME TO MATH STUDIES IB!!!! Course Description
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. Requirements All topics are compulsory. Students must study all the subtopics 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. 