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IB Math Studies

Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra

Grades: 11-12

Course Description:  The class is a survey class and students will explore topics from the IBO math studies course guidelines which include: sets, mathematical logic, probability, trigonometry, two-variable statistics, financial mathematics, and an introduction to differential calculus.  The course is taught in a way that topics apply to contexts related to other curriculum subjects and common general world occurrences.  In addition, students will be required to complete a written work exploring an area of mathematics of their choosing. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will sit for the IB Exam in May.

Instructional Methods/Assessments include:  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. Students will also write a math exploration paper known as an Internal Assessment.

Recommended Background for Success:  This course is for students who have passed Advanced Algebra and have a desire for a one year IB mathematics course.  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.