This is a two year course.
This is the first of a two-year course is the most challenging mathematics course offered by the International Baccalaureate and is intended for students who are likely to go on to major in mathematics or engineering in college, and are willing to devote a substantial amount of their time to master the concepts involved, and to developing their ability to analyze, solve problems and communicate their ideas clearly. It involves an introduction to differential and integral calculus, both the underlying concepts and the techniques. Other topics studied are matrices, the vector geometry of the plane, probability and statistics, algebra and trigonometry.
As part of the course, students have to complete a research essay using topics they encountered during the course. At the end of the first year of this course the students take the International Baccalaureate examination at Standard Level.
Students in grade twelve who have completed the IB Mathematics Standard Level exam and earn a grade of five and higher take this course. Students will study advanced topics in algebra and trigonometry focusing on the analysis and interpretation of data. A substantial amount of time is given to an investigation of infinite series and differential equations.
Assessment tasks include homework, quizzes and tests; all based on previous IB examination papers. Students will work on two portfolio assignments. At the end of their senior year students can take the IB Higher Level examination.