Mathematics

Aims/Objectives

The aims of all mathematics courses in Diploma Programme are to enable students to develop an understanding of the principles and nature of mathematics while communicating clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts. The courses aim to enable students to enjoy mathematics, and develop an appreciation of the elegance and power of it as well as develop logical, critical and creative thinking, and patience and persistence in problem-solving. Students will employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalization while applying and transferring skills to alternative situations.

Course requirements

All IB subjects require an internally assessed component during their senior year. In the Higher and Standard Level courses students will complete an Internal Assessment known as an Exploration. The Mathematical Studies students produce a Project. Ideally both the Explorations and the Project should connect with the students’ interests. These internal assessments count for 20% of the overall IB score. The internally assessed work is externally moderated by the IB organization.

Students require a graphing calculator for all the courses. As a school we recommend that students use a TI 84 plus C calculator, which are available from the school store. There is an IT criterion for each of the internal assessment tasks.

Assessment for all courses

Students are regularly provided with formative assessment possibilities during the class time. The feedback provided allows students to improve their learning and understanding of the topics covered. Summative assessment is based on IB exam style questions as well as rich tasks that allow students to demonstrate their understanding in both real-life situations and abstract calculations. A score out of 7 will be given for all summative assessment tasks. Semester and end-of-year grades are based on these summative assessment grades and are awarded in line with the IB levels of achievement.

In addition to the Internal Assessments described above, the final IB examinations in each of the subjects take place in May of Grade 12, with two papers for both Mathematical Studies and Standard Level, and three papers for Higher Level. The first paper in both SL and HL is a non-calculator paper.