IB Mathematics  Standard Level
Prerequisites
The successful completion of Year 10 Mathematics A.
Course Description and Aims
The IB Mathematics – Standard Level (SL) course is a subset of the Higher Level (HL) course and focusses on introducing important mathematical concepts through the development of mathematical techniques. The intention is to introduce students to these concepts in a comprehensible and coherent way, rather than insisting on the mathematical rigour required for mathematics Higher Level. Students should, wherever possible, apply the mathematical knowledge they have acquired to solve realistic problems set in an appropriate context.
The internally assessed exploration offers students the opportunity for developing independence in their 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 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 problemsolving;
 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
Component 
Topic 1
Algebra 
Topic 2
Functions and Equations 
Topic 3
Circular Functions and Trigonometry 
Topic 4
Vectors 
Topic 5
Statistics and Probability 
Topic 6
Calculus 
Mathematical Exploration
Internal assessment in Mathematics SL is an individual exploration. This is a piece of written works that involves investigating an area of mathematics. 
Assessment at a Glance — Standard Level
Type of Assessment 
Format of Assessment 
Time
(hours) 
Weighting
Final Grade (%) 
External 

3 
80 
Paper 1
(noncalculator) 
Section A: Compulsory shortresponse questions based on the whole syllabus.
Section B: Compulsory extendedresponse questions based on the whole syllabus. 
1.5 
40 
Paper 2
(graphical display calculator required) 
Section A: Compulsory shortresponse questions based on the whole syllabus.
Section B: Compulsory extendedresponse questions based on the whole syllabus. 
1.5 
40 
Internal 


20 
Mathematical Explorations 
Internal assessment in Mathematics SL is an individual exploration. This is a piece of written works that involves investigating an area of mathematics. 

20 