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Mathematical Studies International Baccalaureate Diploma

Bridgwater College

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Mathematical Studies International Baccalaureate Diploma Who is the course for? This course is for students with varied backgrounds and abilities who are taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma and who will not require significant mathematics content for their future studies. What will I study on the course? The syllabus comprises presumed knowledge and compulsory topics as follows: Presumed Knowledge: Number and Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Statistics and Financial Mathematics is required during this course. Much of this will be already known to students, and any deficiencies will be remedied as the course progresses. Eight compulsory topics in the Mathematical Studies syllabus: ? Introduction to the Graphics Display Calculator: Arithmetic calculations, functions, simultaneous solutions, statistical data entry. ? Number and Algebra: Natural numbers, integers, rationals, real numbers, approximation, units, sequences, series, solution of equations. ? Sets, Logic and Probability: Set theory, symbolic logic, truth tables, logical equivalence, probability laws, conditional probability. ? Functions: Linear, quadratic, trigonometric and exponential functions, growth and decay, asymptotic behaviour. ? Geometry and Trigonometry: Two- and three-dimensional geometry, lines, planes, right-angled trigonometry, sine and cosine rules. ? Statistics: Discrete and continuous data, pictorial representations, central tendency, dispersion, cumulative frequency, linear regression and correlation, chi-square test for independence. ? Introductory Differential Calculus: Tangents to a curve, derivatives of polynomial functions, equation of the tangent at a given point, increasing and decreasing functions, local maximum and minimum points. ? Financial Mathematics: Currency conversions, simple and compound interest, depreciation, loan and repayment schemes, investment and savings schemes, inflation. What other skills will I acquire? Students learn more than a collection of facts. The IB Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to: ? ask challenging questions ? learn how to learn ? develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture ? develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures. Students will acquire skills which will enable them to collect, analyse and evaluate data. The course incorporates an element of project work which will give students the opportunity to demonstrate these skills and to apply the material they have assimilated. Students are able to carry out a mathematical investigation in the context of another subject being studied or a hobby or interest of their choice. What makes this course special? ? The IB Diploma provides a broad general education with a deliberate bias towards internationalism. ? The IB Diploma requires students to undertake artistic, sporting, community and social service activities such as helping younger children, visiting hospitals, and undertaking community projects. ? The IB Diploma is highly regarded by universities. They welcome students who have continued a breadth and depth of study across a range of subjects. The top IB scores are worth the equivalent of six and a half A grades at A level and even a low pass at IB is worth the equivalent of three A grades at A level. ? You do not sit exams until the second year. ? You receive your results in early July rather than mid-August You can apply to study in Universities across the World How will I be assessed? ? The IB Diploma provides a broad general education with a deliberate bias towards internationalism. ? The IB Diploma requires students to undertake artistic, sporting, community and social service activities such as helping younger children, visiting hospitals, and undertaking community projects. ? The IB Diploma is highly regarded by universities. They welcome students who have continued a breadth and depth of study across a range of subjects. The top IB scores

Mathematical Studies International Baccalaureate Diploma Who is the course for? This course is for students with varied backgrounds and abilities who are taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma and who will not require significant mathematics content for their future studies. What will I study on the course? The syllabus comprises presumed knowledge and compulsory topics as follows:...

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