Part of the IB subject group 5, Mathematics SL is a course for students with a good background in mathematics and strong analytical and technical skills. Some students will be expecting to include mathematics in their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology. The course is also for students who have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges.
Course content available for November 2019, May 2020 and November 2020 exam sessions.
Topics covered through the course
The core topics of the class are algebra, functions and equations, trigonometry, calculus, vectors, probability and statistics.
Activities and assessment
Some activities assess student achievement against IB criteria. These include problem sets, self-assessed quizzes, teacher-assessed tests, investigations, modelling activities and exams. These assessments use IB standards and allow students to understand their mathematical progress and attainment.
Learning is also supported with discussion forums, journals, email, and weekly live lessons in the online classroom. These are assessed against Pamoja criteria that allow students to monitor the quality of their interaction and engagement with the course.
Advice from our teachers
In order to succeed, we recommend students commit five to six hours a week.
Benefits to students
Taking Mathematics SL will enable students to:
- take a course written by some of the best IB mathematics teachers in the world
- 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 higher education where more and more courses are online
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