Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL
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.
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
- Geometry and Trigonometry
- Probability and Statistics
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 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 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
This course will be available for use by schools with enrolments from:
- August 2019 for May exam sessions
- January 2020 for November exam sessions
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