Group 5: Mathematics
Mathematics HL
Description
Mathematics SL is designed for students who possess a good knowledge of mathematics concepts and skills. Students will build upon existing knowledge and apply mathematics to investigate and model real-world and theoretical problems. The majority of these students will expect to continue future studies in science, economics, or business administration. At Stratford Hall, Mathematics SL builds on the BC Mathematics 10 scope and sequence.
Mathematics HL is designed for students who possess excellent knowledge and a high level of skill in the application of a wide range of analytical and technical skills. The majority of these students will expect to continue future studies in subjects with math as a major component, such as physics, engineering, and technology. At Stratford Hall, Mathematics HL builds on the BC Mathematics 10 scope along with new material with greater depth and breadth, and at a faster pace than Mathematics SL.
Grade 11 | Grade 12 |
Algebra: Sequences/series, exponents, logarithms Functions: Concepts, applications, graphing, transformations Trigonometry, Matrices, Vectors Calculus (HL) | Binomial Theorem (SL), Vectors (HL) Probability and Statistics Option: Calculus |
Objectives and Practices
Mathematics SL aims for students to gain a better appreciation for the usefulness, beauty, elegance, and power of mathematics. Mathematics helps students to improve in their logical, critical, and creative-thinking. Students taking Mathematics SL must have an open mind to problem solving, and be willing to tackle each new problem with patience and persistence. Students will use appropriate notation and terminology, select and use appropriate strategies and techniques, recognize patterns, formulate mathematical arguments and communicate them clearly, and use appropriate technology and graphing tools. Students will also investigate the international nature of the subject and gain an understanding of the varying perspectives by which mathematics is studied across the world.
Evaluation
Students will be formatively and summatively assessed, using Stratford Hall’s Approaches to Learning rubric, the course rubrics, and – on report cards – using the DP Group 5 grade descriptors on a scale of 1-7. Students’ final mark out of 7 is based on their achievement on two exams (80%) written at the end of their second year, and on two portfolio tasks (20%), completed in their first and second year.
External Assessment | Internal Assessment |
Paper 1: 120 Minutes 40% (30% for HL) Paper 2: 120 minutes 40% (30% for HL) | Exploration (20%) |
Mathematical Studies SL
Description
Mathematical Studies SL is an applied mathematics course that focuses on the utility of mathematics in the real world, while also preparing students for some of the fundamentals of university mathematics.
At Stratford Hall, the Grade 11 year builds on the BC Mathematics 10 scope and sequence. We start with a review of material covered in previous years, to ensure a solid foundation is in place before we start the IB Mathematical Studies curriculum. The first year focuses mostly on applied mathematics, and the second year focuses on abstract mathematics including an introduction to calculus.
Grade 11 | Grade 12 |
Review of Presumed Knowledge Number and Algebra 1 Geometry and Trigonometry 1 Mathematical Models Number and Algebra 2 Geometry and Trigonometry 2 | Descriptive Statistics Statistical Application The Project Sets and Probability Introducing Differential Calculus Review for IB exams |
Objectives and Practices
Mathematical Studies aims to ensure that students have a grounding of mathematics that will be useful in their lives. This course is not intended to be preparation for a degree in Science, Engineering, Economics, or Mathematics. It is expected that for many students, this may be their final mathematics course. The course also intends to give students sufficient exposure to the formalism of university mathematics so that they are able to continue any mathematically-relevant their studies in Bachelor of Arts programs.
Students will learn about applied mathematics, and focus on solving “real life” problems using this math. Students in the course might learn, for example, about how internationally cooperative micro-financing works, how to set up a financial plan, or how to build a school.
Evaluation
Students will be formatively and summatively assessed, using Stratford Hall’s Approaches to Learning rubric, the course rubrics, and – on report cards – using the DP Group 5 grade descriptors on a scale of 1-7. Students’ final mark out of 7 is based on their achievement on two exams (80%) written at the end of their second year, and on one independent project (20%), completed in their second year.
External Assessment | Internal Assessment |
Paper 1: 90 Minutes 40% Paper 2: 90 minutes 40% | Mathematical Studies Project: 20% |