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Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL

The Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations course has been developed to meet the requirements of the new IB Diploma Subject Guide (first exams May 2021). The course emphasises the applied nature of the subject  and is designed for students who wish to understand how mathematics relates to the real world and to other subjects.  It will appeal to students who enjoy mathematics in a practical context. Students who take this course will be interested in developing their  skills in solving practical problems, harnessing technology and exploring mathematical models. This course is suitable for students who may go on to further study in subjects that utilise mathematics in this way such as social sciences, natural sciences, statistics, business, psychology or design.

What is different in taking Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • learn at their own pace and in a location of their choice
  • develop their organisational skills
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools

Some things won’t be different though. Standards and expectations will be just as high as in a face to face classroom.

Topics covered through the course

The five topics below are covered during the SL course – each of these topics has sub-topics.

  • Number and Algebra
  • Functions
  • Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Calculus

In addition to this the course contains investigative and inquiry-based learning, supporting the students in their internally assessed exploration task.

There is some content that is common with Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches course but the Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations has less emphasis on calculus, numerical and algebraic approaches and more on the application of models and statistics.

Activities and assessment

Teacher and students have regular weekly opportunities to assess progress and attainment. Some activities assess student achievement against formal criteria, such as such as worksheets, problem sets or quizzes. Learning is also supported with discussion forums, journals, email, and regular live lessons in the online classroom.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed, it is recommended students set aside five to six hours a week.

A Graphical Display calculator is required for this course. Pamoja recommends the following two calculators:
Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus CE
Texas Instruments TI-Nspire (a non CAS version)

Benefits to students

Taking Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL online will enable students to:

  • be supported by highly experienced IB teachers
  • develop independence in learning and time-management
  • develop their ability to work in a connected world
  • become experienced in a wide range of online learning tools
  • better cope with online learning demands in higher education

Next steps

Request further information

Talk to your school's IB DP Coordinator

Register your students

How does it work?

Watch our video to find out how IB Diploma Programme students use the Pamoja Taught learning platform on a day-to-day basis throughout the duration of their two-year courses.


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