Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL
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. 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
- Geometry and Trigonometry
- Probability and Statistics
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