Math SL
Course Description:
The IB Diploma Programme mathematics standard level course is for students with knowledge of basic mathematical concepts who are able to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly. The course provides students with a sound mathematical background to prepare for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology, and business administration. Students will be introduced to important mathematical concepts through the development of mathematical techniques in a way that emphasizes subject comprehension in broad strokes. Students will, wherever possible, apply the acquired mathematical knowledge to solve realistic problems.
Textbook:
Year 1 (SL1)
Semester 1:
 Prerequisite knowledge (brief review)
 Graphing and Transformation of Functions:

 Linear
 Quadratic
 Semicircular
 Radical
 Exponential/Logarithmic
 Rational
 Sequences and Series
 Binomial Theorem
Semester 2:
 Trigonometry
 Differential Calculus
 Integral Calculus
Year 2 (SL2)
Semester 3:
 Applied Calculus
 Exploration*
 Vectors
 Probability & Statistics
Semester 4:
 Exploration (cont.)
 Preparations for Tests (Practice phase)
*Exploration:
Internal assessment in Math SL is an individual “Exploration” in which each student investigates an area of mathematics that he or she finds interesting. This is a completely original, formal written work. Scores on these Explorations will be externally moderated by the IBO.
Assessment and Evaluation:
Year 1 (SL1)
 Tests – 50%
 Quizzes – 30%
 Homework – 20%
Year 2 (SL2)
External assessment (5 hrs) 80%
Test papers:
Paper 1 (2 hrs) No calculator allowed 30%
 Section A 15% – Compulsory shortresponse questions based on the compulsory core of the syllabus
 Section B 15% – Compulsory extendedresponse questions based on the compulsory core of the syllabus
Paper 2 (2 hrs) Graphic display calculator (GDC) required 30%
 Section A 15% – Compulsory shortresponse questions based on the compulsory core of the syllabus
 Section B 15% – Compulsory extendedresponse questions based on the compulsory core of the syllabus
Internal assessment 20%
Research Paper
Students will write a formal exploration of a math topic that will be assessed based on the following criteria:
 Criterion 1: Communication
 Criterion 2: Mathematical Presentation
 Criterion 3: Personal Engagement
 Criterion 4: Reflection
 Criterion 5: Use of Mathematics
Markscheme:
Test questions will be graded according to the markscheme set forth by the IBO. Students will be awarded points for correct reasoning and usage of methods as well as correct answers. Abbreviations will be used to indicate the points awarded.
Abbreviation  
M  Marks awarded for attempting to use a correct Method; working must be seen. 
(M)  Marks awarded for Method; may be implied correct by subsequent working. 
A  Marks awarded for Answer or for Accuracy; often dependent on preceding M marks. 
(A)  Marks awarded for Answer or for Accuracy; may be implied correct by subsequent working. 
R  Marks awarded for clear Reasoning. 
N  Marks awarded for correct answers if no working shown. 
AG  Answer given in the question and so no marks awarded. 
Teaching Hours
Topics  Hours 
Algebra  9 
Functions and Equations  24 
Circular Functions and Trigonometry  16 
Vectors  16 
Statistics and Probability  35 
Calculus  40 
Mathematical Exploration  10 
Total  150 