The topics covered in this survey course are those of the IB SL Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations syllabus. Topics include probability; discrete random variables; normal and binomial probability distributions; univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics; inferential statistics (t-tests and chi-squared analyses), limits, understanding derivatives as functions, slopes, and rates of change; increasing and decreasing functions; derivatives of polynomial functions; tangents, normals, and their equations; anti-differentiation; applications of integration to area. The approach taken emphasizes the meaning of mathematics in context by focusing on topics that are often used as applications or in mathematical modelling. Students design and complete an independent data-based IB research project. A solid background from prior mathematics courses is assumed, to include these topics: number and algebra, functions, geometry, and trigonometry. The capacity for independent work is important to a student’s success. While students are not required to take the IB exam, they are welcome to do so.
Open to: Juniors and seniors