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Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations HL

The Mathematics: Application 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.

Students wanting to take the HL course will enjoy solving challenging problems using technology. They should have good algebraic skills and experience of solving real-world problems.

Course content available from September 2019, for first exams in May 2021.

Topics covered through the course

The five topics below are covered during the SL and HL courses. Each of these topics has sub-topics with HL students covering some additional sub-topics or the same sub-topics at greater depth.

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

There is some content that is common with the 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 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 and journals in the online classroom.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed, it is recommended students commit seven to ten hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations HL will enable students to:

  • develop independence in learning and time-management
  • develop their ability to work in a connected world
  • become experienced in a wide range of digital learning tools
  • gain skills for success at university, work and life

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