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IB Standard Level Mathematics

Year One

Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra

Grades: 10-11

Course Description:  This is for students who have a strong interest in advanced mathematics. In this course, students study pre-calculus, statistics, probability, vectors, matrices, as well as series sequences. This course is a prerequisite to IB SL Math Year 2 or IB HL Math Year 1. This class promotes a deeper understanding of topics from the past and presents new topics that are foundational for success in IB math classes. All students are expected to spend significant time outside of class reading text, doing homework problems, and preparing themselves to participate in class. 

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

Recommended Background for Success:  This is recommended for students who were strong in Advanced Algebra (a B or better). It is expected that students have a graphing calculator (TI-84 Plus). Students should be able to simplify rational expressions, solve rational expressions, and solve systems of linear and nonlinear equations; represent real world problem situations using variables and/or geometric models and solve polynomial equations. Students should have had exposure to logarithms and algebraic functions. 

IB SL Math Year 1 Syllabus (2017-18)

 

Year Two

Prerequisites: IB SL Math Year 1   OR   IB HL Math Year 1

Grades: 11-12

Course Description:  This course is for students who successfully completed IB SL Math Year 1 or IB HL Math Year 1. Students should enjoy the study of mathematics and have a strong background in math. The course will cover the basics of differential and integral calculus. In the third quarter, students will look at some advanced probability and statistics as well as review for the IB SL Math exam. Students will explore a mathematics topic and write an Internal Assessment. All students enrolled in IB SL Math Year 2 will be expected to sit for the IB exam in May. 

Instructional Methods/ Assessments:  Instructional methods include lectures, group discussion, and individual internal assessment in the form of a paper. Assessments include tests, quizzes, homework, projects, quarter/semester finals exams, and the IB External Exam, which covers material from IB SL Math Year 1 and IB SL Math Year 2. Students will also write a math exploration paper known as an Internal Assessment.   Recommended Background for Success:  This is recommended for students who successfully completed IB SL Math Year 1 or IB HL Math Year 1 (with a C or better). IB SL Math Year 2 is a challenging class where material from the first year of college calculus is covered. It is expected that students in this course have completed prerequisite courses with relative success. Students in this course should enjoy mathematics.

IB SL Math Year 2 Syllabus (2017-18)