New Curriculum(2019): Applications

The April 2017 IB release describing the  new curriculum shows (you need to log-in to your "My IB" account before trying to access these links) two new mathematics courses for which the Standard level course is, as for most other IB subjects, a subset of the Higher level course. The latest,  May 2018 IB release looks like a relatively complete list (subject to possible final changes) of the full syllabus. 

This Mathematical Studies site is set to evolve into the Applications and Interpretations course (first teaching in September 2019, first assessments in 2021). This new course will differ from the current SL and HL courses in that its aim is to emphasise and make explicit the applications of the mathematics being taught. In the words of the IB curriculum review document: "Mathematics: Applications and interpretation SL and HL is appropriate for students who are interested in developing their mathematics for describing our world and solving practical problems. They will also be interested in harnessing the power of technology alongside exploring mathematical models. Students who take Mathematics: Applications and interpretation will be those who enjoy mathematics best when seen in a practical context"

As well as students interested in "social sciences, natural sciences, statistics, business, some economics, psychology, and design" it is likely that students looking to study Chemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary science, some Computer Science courses & maybe some Engineering courses will find the HL course very relevant.

On this page and the following four you will find an embedded PDF overview map of each of the new curriculum’s five different modules both for the Applications HL&SL and the Analysis HL&SL. These posters are designed to:

  • summarise, using diagrams and key formula, what the new syllabus looks like from the IB’s April 2017 curriculum review document
  • be printable, so that they can be joined together and displayed in class, at home, as required. They will be updated as and when the IB makes further information available.
  • some key differences between the two new courses.

The below image gives a quick overview of what each colour and area within the topic maps represents:

1.Number and Algebra module - visual overview below

2. Functions Module

3. Geometry&Trigonometry

4. Statistics & Probability

5. Calculus

Number and Algebra Module

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