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IB MATHEMATICAL STUDIES SL

2018-2019
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Google class code: dajl9q1

Instructor:
Mrs. Charlotte Morris
charlottemorris@trinityes.org
Room C1

Course Description:
The course content concentrates on mathematics that can be applied to contexts related to other
subjects, to common general world occurrences and to topics that are relevant to home, work and
leisure situations. Math Studies emphasizes the similarity of mathematical content and notation in
the international environment, regardless of cultural or historical experiences. This class explores
math as a “language” as discussed in Theory of Knowledge.

The course includes a written report based on personal research involving the collection, analysis
and evaluation of data.

Mathematical Studies in the IB Program caters to students with varied backgrounds and abilities.
Students who select this course are often students whose main interests lie outside the field of
mathematics.

Prerequisite: IB candidates in their junior or senior year with approval of a mathematics


department instructor.

Profile of the IB Math Studies Student:



1) The student must show active participation and independence in learning. It is expected that the
student will possess and/or develop the skills necessary to facilitate research and inquiry.
2) The student must be open to exploration of the significance of mathematics in an international
sense.
3) The student must apply critical and creative thinking skills in solving problems, linking concepts,
and making appropriate decisions
4) The student must work and communicate effectively with others.
5) Integrity, honesty, and respect for others is expected at all times. The student must take
responsibility for his/her own actions.
6) The student is open to different points of view and methods of obtaining solutions. Various
perspectives are appreciated and valued, knowing that they will stimulate intellectual growth.
7) The student is expected to show empathy and compassion towards the feelings of others. The
student should be a positive role model in the community.
8) The student is steadfast in what he/she believes in and is willing to defend that belief. The student
shows courage in unfamiliar situations and is willing to take risks in the exploration of new ideas
and roles.
9) The student is well-balanced in intellectual, physical, and emotional health.
10) The student is reflective in his/her learning and experiences. The student understands personal
strengths and weaknesses and maximizes personal development.

Textbook:
Mathematical Studies, Standard Level by Peter Blythe
Oxford Pres
Materials Required:
1) Three-ring binder.
2) Ample loose-leaf paper
3) Pencils and erasers. Pens are allowed.
4) TI-83 or TI-84 series graphing calculator
5) Textbook

Tentative Schedule and Assessments:


All chapters of the text book will be covered in class.

November 20th : IB Math Studies Internal Assessment (IA) due date.


20% of the IB Math Studies grade is from the IA. This is usually statistical in nature and
will require time both in and out of class. There will be a specific timeline with due dates
throughout the first quarter. IA’s from past IB Math Studies students will be examined
and an example IA will be completed during class in preparation for this paper/project.

December 18th : Midterm exam.

May: IB Math Studies Papers 1 and 2.


80% of the IB Math Studies SL grade is from the final Papers (exams). In preparation for
the final Papers, four to six past full papers will be completed prior to the test dates.
These will be graded and discussed.

Homework:
Posted daily in the classroom.
Posted on Google classroom.

Homework must be done on loose-leaf and must be in the binder at the time of class.
Homework will be checked for neatness, amount of work shown, effort and completeness.

If a student misses class then he/she is responsible for obtaining the assignment and completing
the work in a timely manner.

Assessments:
Both large and small assessments will be given throughout and at the completion of each chapter.
They will come directly from class notes, homework, worksheets and quizzes.

Absences:
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THIS CLASS ARE EXPECTED TO BE PRESENT. Excessive
absences will be detrimental to the understanding of the material and the performance on graded
work. Communication regarding absences is imperative.

Students are expected to notify the teacher of planned absences. In the case of early dismissal, it is
the student's responsibility to turn in all homework and get the assignment, worksheets, etc. for the
next day. Failure to turn in homework will result in a 3 point homework penalty.

Students are always expected to get a copy of missed notes from a classmate.

In the case of full day unplanned absence, the student is expected to use the Trinity website to get
the assignment and should put forth noticeable effort in understanding and completing the
assignment. It may be necessary to get notes from a classmate and turn the assignment in late.
One day will be given for each day absent.

Missed assessments will be put in the student's study hall folder and are expected to be completed
in a timely manner (one day for each day absent).
Extended Time:
Students who have documented extended time (time and a half) on tests and quizzes must
complete the graded work on the day that it is given. This will be done either in a study hall or
during Tutorial/Discovery period.

Special Help:
I expect and encourage students to take advantage of after school tutorial.
Sometimes just a quick explanation one-on-one can make a big difference in understanding the
material.

Evaluation:
Final Grades for the class will be computed on a point grading system as follows:

Homework: 4-10 points each (graded for completeness and/or accuracy)


Group Work: 30-50 points each
Assessments: 10-150 points each

Quarter grade calculation: points earned divided by points possible times 100
Semester 1 grade: 25% semester exam, 37.5% each of the two quarters
Semester 2 grade: 50% each of the two quarters

Cell Phone Policy:


• The use of cell phones is prohibited in the classroom.
• Cell phones may not be in your physical possession during quizzes, tests, or exams. They must be
in a backpack at the front of the room or in the “phone bin”. Students with cell phones in their
possession during a quiz, test, or exam will be referred to honor council and student conduct.
• A visible cell phone will be confiscated.

Honor Code:
It is our responsibility as a community to uphold the honor code in all that we do. Honor and integrity are
core values and reflect your character and the character of our school. Students must always pledge graded
work that no unauthorized aid has been given or received. Please write our pledge in full and sign all
quizzes, tests, and projects.