The aims of the IB Diploma Program Standard Level Math class are unique. The curriculum contains the usual high school mathematics standards, including algebra, statistics, probability, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. But the goals for IB Math students go beyond just solving math problems. IB works with students to develop their logical, critical, and creative thinking skills, increase patience and persistence in problem-solving, all while cultivating an appreciation for the elegance and power of math.
"There are questions in our math text book that I would not expect to be there," said junior Oliver Carson. "For example, a specific question asked, 'When do we use ethics in math?' and we took a day to talk about it."
The type and format of IB assessments set the program apart from other advanced placement classes. The format for the internal assessments involves the collection of information or the generation of measurement and then focuses on subsequent analysis and evaluation. It requires students to look at unfamiliar situations. They must organize and analyze information, draw conclusions, test the validity of those determinations, and then consider the scope and limitations of those findings.
"I like that we we use real-world situations to show us why it is important," said junior Abbi Kabel.