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Group 5 - Mathematics

IB Mathematical Studies - Standard Level


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description and Aims

The IB Mathematical Studies – Standard Level (SL) course focusses on important interconnected mathematical topics. The syllabus focusses on placing more emphasis on student understanding of fundamental concepts than on symbolic manipulation and complex manipulative skills, giving greater emphasis to developing the students’ mathematical reasoning rather than performing routine operations, solving mathematical problems embedded in a wide range of contexts or using the calculator effectively. There is an emphasis on applications of mathematics and statistical techniques. It is designed to offer students with varied mathematical backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to learn important concepts and techniques and to gain an understanding of a wide variety of mathematical topics, preparing them to solve problems in a variety of settings, develop more sophisticated mathematical reasoning and enhance their critical thinking.

The aims of all mathematics courses in Group 5 are to enable students to:

  • enjoy mathematics, and develop an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematics;
  • develop an understanding of the principles and nature of mathematics;
  • communicate clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts;
  • develop logical, critical and creative thinking, and patience and persistence in problem-solving;
  • employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalisation;
  • apply and transfer skills to alternative situations, to other areas of knowledge and to future developments;
  • appreciate how developments in technology and mathematics have influenced each other;
  • appreciate the moral, social and ethical implications arising from the work of mathematicians and the applications of mathematics;
  • appreciate the international dimension in mathematics through an awareness of the universality of mathematics and its multicultural and historical perspectives;
  • appreciate the contribution of mathematics to other disciplines, and as a particular area of knowledge in the TOK course.

Curriculum Model Overview

Topic 1
Number and Algebra
Topic 2
Descriptive Statistics
Topic 3
Logic, Sets and Probability
Topic 4
Statistical Applications
Topic 5
Geometry and Trigonometry
Topic 6
Mathematical Models
Topic 7
Introduction to Differential Calculus
An individual piece of work involving the collection of information or the generation of measurements, and subsequent analysis and evaluation.

Assessment at a Glance - Standard Level

Type of Assessment Format of Assessment Time
Final Grade (%)
External   3 80
Paper 1
(graphical display calculator required)
15 compulsory short-response questions based on the whole syllabus. 1.5 40
Paper 2
(graphical display calculator required)
Six compulsory extended-response questions based on the whole syllabus. 1.5 40
Internal     20
Project An individual piece of work involving the collection of information or the generation of measurements, and subsequent the analysis and evaluation.   20