The IB Mathematical Studies SL curriculum consists of eight compulsory topics (for first examinations in 2006) In addition, students are required to take part in a project that requires them to take measurements or collect data, and subsequently analyse and evaluate it in a report.
Topic 1—Introduction to the graphic display calculator. Teaching Hours - 3
Topic 2—Number and algebra. Teaching Hours - 14
Topic 3-Sets, Logic, and Probability. Teaching Hours - 20
Topic 4-Functions. Teaching Hours - 24
Topic 5-Geometry and trigonometry. Teaching Hours - 20
Topic 6-Statistics. Teaching Hours - 24
Topic 7-Introductory differential calculus. Teaching Hours - 15
Topic 8-Financial mathematics. Teaching Hours - 10
Project Internal Assessment. Teaching Hours - 20
Total Hours - 150
Mathematical Studies SL is graded through an external and internal assessment. The external assessment, worth 80% of the final mark, is composed of a Paper 1 and a Paper 2. The internal Assessment is marked by your teacher, and is worth the remaining 20% of your mark.
Composed of 15 required short answer questions based on the entire syllabus. Weighted equally with Paper 2 (worth 40% of final mark)
Exam duration: 1 hr 30 minutes.
Composed of 5 required extended response questions based on the whole syllabus. Accounts for 40% of the candidates final mark.
Exam Duration: 1.30 hr