What are they?

 

Group 5 is all about maths! It is pretty much what is says on the tin: every student has to study one maths subject. There are 3 different levels you can pick from:

 

Mathematics Higher Level

Mathematics Standard Level

Mathematical Studies

 

These three different levels ensure that there is the right level of maths for everyone!

Which Maths level do I pick?

Mathematical Studies SL

 

The Mathematical Studies SL course ‘is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students’ to quote the IB. Mathematical Studies tends to be for students who do not expect mathematics to be a major component of their university studies and the curriculum consists of the following topics:

Numbers and algebra
Sets, logic, and probability
Functions
Geometry and trigonometry
Statistics
Introductory differential calculus
Financial mathematics

 

Mathematical Studies tends to be a good bet if you are either bad at Maths or just do not need it for your university degree!

Mathematics SL


Mathematics SL is primarily intended for students who ‘expect to need a sound mathematical background as they prepare for future studies in subjects such as chemistry and business management’. It therefore a good bet for those of you who like and are good at maths, but who are not thinking of studying in depth at uni!

 

Topics from the following areas form the course:

Algebra
Functions and equations
Circular functions and trigonometry
Vectors
Statistics and probability
Calculus


Mathematics HL


In my personal experience Mathematics is one subject with the biggest jump between SL and HL students, meaning Mathematics HL is intended for students ’with a good background in mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills’ and who think that mathematics will be ’a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, economics, engineering and technology.’  Therefore, HL students study the Core topics in much greater depth than SL students. You also study an option from one of the following:

Further statistics and probability
Sets, relations, and groups
Calculus, formerly Series and differential equations
Discrete mathematics

How are they assessed?

 

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Alongside a piece of coursework that is worth 20% of your total grade, below is a breakdown of how they are assessed.

 

 

Course Exam Time limit # and type of questions % of final mark
Mathematical Studies Paper 1 (GDC required) 1 hour, 30 minutes 15 short response questions 40%
Paper 2 (GDC required) 1 hour, 30 minutes 5 extended response questions 40%

 

 

Course Exam Time limit Description # and type of questions % of final mark
Mathematics SL Paper 1 (no calculator) 1 hour, 30 minutes Section A ~7 short response questions 40%
Section B ~3 extended response questions
Paper 2 (GDC required) 1 hour, 30 minutes Section A ~7 short response questions 40%
Section B ~3 extended response questions
Mathematics HL Paper 1 (no calculator) 2 hours Section A ~10 short response questions 30%
Section B ~5 extended response questions
Paper 2 (GDC required) 2 hours Section A ~10 short response questions 30%
Section B ~5 extended response questions
Paper 3 (GDC required) 1 hour ~5 extended response questions 20%

 

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