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IB Higher Level Mathematics

Year One

Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra

    Completion of IB SL Math Year 1/Pre-Calculus is strongly recommended but not required.

Grades:  11

Course Description:  This course is for students who have a strong interest in advanced math and/or could see themselves studying math after high school. Topics in this course include, but are not limited to, sequences and series, functions and their graphs, logarithms, trigonometry, vectors, probability, and statistics. This course serves as a prerequisite to IB SL Math Year 2 and IB HL Math Year 2.

Instructional Methods/ Assessments:  Instructional methods include lectures, group discussion, and individual investigation. Assessments include tests, quizzes, homework, projects, and quarter/semester finals exams.

Recommended Background for Success:  This is recommended for students who were very strong in Advanced Algebra (an A or better). IB HL Math Year 1 is a challenging class where material is covered quickly. It is expected that students in this course have completed prerequisite courses with relative success. With that in mind, successful students will be those who enjoy hard thinking and are willing to commit to the workload of the class.

 

Year Two

Prerequisite: IB HL Math Year 1

Grades: 12

Course Description:  This course is for students who have a strong interest in advanced math and/or could see themselves studying math after high school. Topics in this course include, but are not limited to, differential calculus, integration, vectors, complex numbers, limits, probability and statistical distributions, and mathematical induction. Students also complete a math exploration paper during the school year, and take an IB Exam at the end of the school year.  

Instructional Methods/ Assessments:  Instructional methods include lectures, group discussion, and individual investigation. Assessments include tests, quizzes, homework, projects, quarter/semester finals exams, and the IB External Exam, which covers material from IB HL Math Years 1 and 2. Students will also write a math exploration paper known as an Internal Assessment.  

Recommended Background for Success:  This is recommended for students who were strong in IB HL Math Year 1 (a B or better). IB HL Math Year 2 is a challenging class where material is covered quickly. It is expected that students in this course have completed prerequisite courses with relative success. Students whose IB HL Math Year 1 grades are below a B should consider taking IB SL Math Year 2 instead of this course. With that in mind, successful students will be those who enjoy hard thinking and are willing to commit to the workload of the class.