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The thrust of Mathematics in grades 9 and 10 is towards the development of problem-solving skills, the ability to communicate mathematical knowledge using various forms of representations, and skills in evaluating and justifying processes and results.
Grade 9 Mathematics offers a more detailed study on set theory, notation, and applications in
probability. It will give emphasis on algebra concepts and applications focusing on linear and
quadratic functions. It will also reinforce business math. Concepts in statistics learned in previous grades are also extended.
Grade 10 Mathematics builds on the knowledge and skills attained in Grade 9 to tackle more complex functions, including exponential, trigonometric and composite functions. An in-depth study is made on matrices and operations with emphasis on their applications in solving systems of equations and representing geometric transformations. A more formal proof-based approach to geometry as well as first derivative calculus is introduced.
DP Mathematical Studies (standard level)
Mathematical Studies emphasizes on applications of mathematics and is designed for students with varied mathematical backgrounds and abilities. The course offers students opportunities to learn
important concepts and techniques and to gain an understanding of a wide variety of mathematical topics, and prepares students to solve problems in a variety of settings, to develop more sophisticated mathematical reasoning and to enhance their critical thinking.
The course focuses on seven topics and culminates in the individual product, an extended piece of work based on personal research involving the collection, analysis, and evaluation of data. Further, students will sit through two papers for their external assessment, consisting of a combination of short-response and extended-response questions based on the whole syllabus.
Approaches to teaching and learning for DP Math Studies build on the approaches used in the Middle Years Programme. These include investigation, exploration, and a variety of different assessment tools.
DP Mathematics (standard level)
DP Mathematics SL is a group 5 course that caters students who possess knowledge of basic
mathematical concepts and who are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly. They are expected to have a sound mathematical background as they prepare for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology, and business administration.
The course focuses on introducing important mathematical concepts through the development of mathematical techniques. The intention is to introduce students to these concepts in a
comprehensible and coherent way, rather than insisting on mathematical rigor. Students should,
wherever possible, apply the mathematical knowledge they have acquired to solve realistic problem sets in an appropriate context.
DP Mathematics (higher level)
Mathematics HL builds on the mathematical knowledge and skills honed in the Middle Years
Programme, and caters to students with a good background in mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills. The breadth and depth of the course extends and exceeds that of Mathematics SL and Math Studies SL in two ways: first, the scope of discussions are tailored for
students wishing to pursue courses that include mathematics as a major component; second, the course is designed on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent and rigorous way. Students embarking on this course should expect to develop insight into
mathematical form and structure, and should be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links
between concepts in different topics.