Maths Applications and Interpretations (group 5)

Mathematics: applications and interpretation is for students who are interested in developing their mathematics for describing our world and solving practical problems. Students who take Mathematics: applications and interpretation will be those who enjoy mathematics best when seen in a practical context. Students who choose Mathematics: applications and interpretation at HL should enjoy seeing mathematics used in real-world contexts and to solve real-world problems. Students at this level will have good algebraic skills and experience of solving real-world problems. They will be students who get pleasure and satisfaction when exploring challenging problems and who are comfortable to undertake this exploration using technology.

Aims
  • develop a curiosity and enjoyment of mathematics, and appreciate its elegance and power 2. develop an understanding of the concepts, principles and nature of mathematics 
  • communicate mathematics clearly, concisely and confidently in a variety of contexts
  • develop logical and creative thinking, and patience and persistence in problem solving to instil confidence in using mathematics 
  • employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalization 
  • take action to apply and transfer skills to alternative situations, to other areas of knowledge and to future developments in their local and global communities 
  • appreciate how developments in technology and mathematics influence each other
  • appreciate the moral, social and ethical questions arising from the work of mathematicians and the applications of mathematics 
  • appreciate the universality of mathematics and its multicultural, international and historical perspectives 
  • appreciate the contribution of mathematics to other disciplines, and as a particular “area of knowledge” in the TOK course
  • develop the ability to reflect critically upon their own work and the work of others 
  • independently and collaboratively extend their understanding of mathematics

 

Syllabus and Assessment

Paper 1 – 40%. Short-response questions based on the syllabus (calculator required).

Paper 2 – 40%. Extended-response questions based on the syllabus (calculator required).

Internal Assessment – 20%. A written exploration of a mathematical topic of the student’s choice commensurate with the level of the course.

 

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