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Math Studies IB at The Royal Harbour Academy

Course description

The Mathematical Studies course is intended to consolidate and extend the student’s knowledge and skills already acquired in their previous Mathematics courses. It is our intention to increase the student’s confidence in this subject and to develop an appreciation of Mathematics both as a useful tool and for its abstract beauty.


We intend that Mathematical Studies will be excellent preparation for students who intend to follow a wide range of higher education courses – but we acknowledge that students who follow Mathematical Studies will be using the subject of Mathematics as a secondary or supportive level to their main chosen area of study. Nevertheless the course content of Mathematical Studies will be rigorous and comprehensive enough to support students who wish to follow career paths in applied sciences, business or financial sectors.


Finally, we hope to develop inquiring students with the Mathematical knowledge, language and skills required to understand (or at least ask questions) about the world around them. This idea of Mathematics being an international language will also enable us to guide students in self-supported studies to trace the history and development of Mathematics across the world as it moves through the centuries and across the cultures.

Course content

The course consists of seven compulsory topics:


1.   Introduction to the graphics display calculator (GDC)

2.   Number and Algebra

3.   Sets Logic and Probability

4.   Functions

5.   Geometry and Trigonometry

6.   Statistics

7.   Introduction to differential calculus

The course will challenge students to problem-solve as certain topics and elements of the course content will be introduced in an investigational way. It is intended that other topic areas will be used for “modelling” analytical thought: in other words we intend to explain clearly why we chose to tackle a certain problem or solution in that manner. The use of a graphics calculator is an integral part of the course. Creativity, lateral thinking, making links discussing results and looking at alternative solution paths will be essential for successfully completing the course.  Students will then have the opportunity to use these new skills in their Mathematical project.


This Standard level course is assessed through:


1)      80% external assessment: two written papers at the end of the two year course: Papers each being of 1 hr 30 mins duration. Paper 1 being shorter questions, and Paper 2 being more demanding, multistep style problems.

        2)     20% internal assessment: a project involving the collection of information,               and the mathematical analysis and evaluation of the information.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 07 December 2016

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