IB Mathematics  Analysis and Approaches HL (MAA HL)
Prerequisites
An outstanding result in Year 10 Mathematics A.
Course Description and Aims
The IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches Higher Level (MAA HL) course focusses on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent and rigorous way, achieved by a carefully balanced approach. Students are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems set in a variety of meaningful contexts. Development of each topic should feature justification and proof of results. Students should expect to develop insight into mathematical form and structure and should be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between concepts in different topic areas. They are also encouraged to develop the skills needed to continue their mathematical growth in other learning environments. The internally assessed exploration allows students to develop independence in mathematical learning. Students are encouraged to take a considered approach to various mathematical activities and to explore different mathematical ideas. The exploration also allows students to work without the time constraints of a written examination and to develop the skills they need for communicating mathematical ideas.
The aims of all Group 5 IB Mathematics courses are to enable students to:
 develop a curiosity and enjoyment of mathematics, and appreciate its elegance and power;
 develop an understanding of the concepts, principles and nature of mathematics;
 communicate mathematics clearly, concisely and confidently in a variety of contexts;
 develop logical and creative thinking, and patience and persistence in problemsolving to instil confidence in using mathematics;
 employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalisation;
 take action to apply and transfer skills to alternative situations, to other areas of knowledge and to future developments in their local and global communities;
 appreciate how developments in technology and mathematics influence each other;
 appreciate the moral, social and ethical questions arising from the work of mathematicians and the applications of mathematics;
 appreciate the universality of mathematics and its multicultural, international and historical perspectives;
 appreciate the contribution of mathematics to other disciplines, and as a particular 'area of knowledge' in the TOK course;
 develop the ability to reflect critically upon their own work and the work of others;
 independently and collaboratively extend their understanding of mathematics.
Curriculum Model Overview
Component 
Topic 1
Number and Algebra 
Topic 2
Functions 
Topic 3
Geomotry and Trigonometry 
Topic 4
Statistics and Probability 
Topic 5
Calculus 
Mathematical Exploration
Internal assessment in MAA HL is an individual exploration. This is a piece of written works that involves investigating an area of mathematics. 
Assessment at a Glance  MAA HL
Type of Assessment 
Format of Assessment 
Time
(hours) 
Weighting
Final Grade (%) 
External 

5 
80 
Paper 1
(noncalculator) 
Section A: Compulsory shortresponse questions based on the core syllabus.
Section B: Compulsory extendedresponse questions based on the core syllabus. 
2 
30 
Paper 2
(graphical display calculator required) 
Section A: Compulsory shortresponse questions based on the core syllabus.
Section B: Compulsory extendedresponse questions based on the core syllabus. 
2 
30 
Paper 3
(graphical display calculator required) 
Two compulsory extended response problemsolving questions. 
1 
20 
Internal 


20 
Mathematical Explorations 
Internal assessment in MAA HL is an individual exploration, this is a piece of written works that involves investigating an area of mathematics. 

20 