## Mathematics (HL and SL) in DP

Both the standard level (SL) and higher level (HL) DP mathematics courses require study of algebra, functions and equations, circular functions and trigonometry, vectors, statistics and probability, and calculus. Students taking the HL course will also complete further study in one of statistics and probability, calculus, discrete mathematics or sets and relations.

The SL course prepares students for university work involving some mathematics such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business administration. It requires a strong mathematical base and the ability to carry out simple mathematical techniques correctly.

The HL course is considerably more demanding than SL both in the range of topics and the depth of treatment. Skill and confidence with foundational topics from previous courses are essential. These foundational topics include areas such as algebra, algebraic fractions, solving equations in one or two variables, quadratic equations, trigonometry, operations with radicals and integers, coordinate geometry, and basic statistics and probability. The HL course is intended for students who plan at university to major in fields such as physics, engineering or mathematics itself.

Both SL and HL math students are required to complete the mathematical exploration, a written piece of work, six-to-twelve pages in length, in which the student investigates the application of mathematics to an area of interest.

In-school tests and other assessments will be completed throughout the two-year course, but the final grade will be based on the IB external exams (80% weighting) and the exploration (20% weighting).

The SL course prepares students for university work involving some mathematics such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business administration. It requires a strong mathematical base and the ability to carry out simple mathematical techniques correctly.

The HL course is considerably more demanding than SL both in the range of topics and the depth of treatment. Skill and confidence with foundational topics from previous courses are essential. These foundational topics include areas such as algebra, algebraic fractions, solving equations in one or two variables, quadratic equations, trigonometry, operations with radicals and integers, coordinate geometry, and basic statistics and probability. The HL course is intended for students who plan at university to major in fields such as physics, engineering or mathematics itself.

Both SL and HL math students are required to complete the mathematical exploration, a written piece of work, six-to-twelve pages in length, in which the student investigates the application of mathematics to an area of interest.

In-school tests and other assessments will be completed throughout the two-year course, but the final grade will be based on the IB external exams (80% weighting) and the exploration (20% weighting).