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Mathematics for the IB Diploma

Written to specifically cover the new IB Higher and Standard Level Mathematics syllabus through a progressive approach that encourages cumulative learning.

Ten highly illustrated books form part of the completely new Mathematics for the IB Diploma series.

Based on the new group 5 aims, the progressive approach encourages cumulative learning. Features of the coursebooks include: a dedicated chapter exclusively for mixed examination practice; plenty of worked examples; questions colour-coded according to grade; exam-style questions; feature boxes throughout of exam hints and tips.

The CD-ROM accompanying Mathematics Standard Level for the IB Diploma and Mathematics Higher Level for the IB Diploma contains extension worksheets, prior learning sheets, calculator skills sheets, fill-in proofs and a complete e-version of the coursebook.

The Higher Level Options books will prove fantastic guides to the material in the options, no matter which book is being used to cover the core material. They are also for use with the further mathematics course.

Three new exam preparation guides break down courses for Standard Level, Higher Level and Mathematical Studies into chapters that summarise material and present revision questions by exam question type, so that revision can be highly focused to make best use of students' time.

  • Worked examples show typical workings and thought processes.
  • Exercises are progressive and colour-coded according to IB examination grades. They include short-answer questions and longer-answer questions typical of the IB examinations.
  • Theory of Knowledge boxes highlight some of the weaknesses and ambiguities in mathematics, as well as showing how mathematics links to other areas of knowledge.
  • From another perspective boxes highlight international, historical, pragmatic and cultural differences between mathematical approaches.
  • Research explorer boxes suggest a starting point for the written project.
  • Examiners hints highlight some common errors and pitfalls in the exam.
  • Key point panels highlight key things or formulas to remember.
  • Calculator hints highlight specific tips required for calculator work.
  • Fast forward / Rewind boxes indicate connections with other sections of the book to help the reader navigate their way around.
  • Exam and Exam-style questions provide lots of exam practice.
  • CD-ROM accompanying Mathematics Standard Level for the IB Diploma and Mathematics Higher Level for the IB Diploma contains extension worksheets, prior knowledge, calculator skills sheets, fill-in proofs and complete e-version of the coursebook.

The IB Diploma is split into six 'Groups' from which students must take six subjects - one from each of Groups 1-5 and then a further subject from either Group 6 or another from Groups 1-5. Cambridge University Press publish resources for Groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Theory of Knowledge.

Mathematics for the IB Diploma forms part of Group 5 - Mathematics and Computer Science.

Register for free at ibdiploma.cambridge.org to access a wealth of free teacher support materials for Mathematics for the IB Diploma. Once logged in, resources for the following chapters are available to download:

Mathematics Standard Level for the IB Diploma

Mathematics Higher Level for the IB Diploma

Mathematical Studies Standard Level for the IB Diploma:

Paul Fannon is a teacher at the Stephen Perse Foundation (IB School of the Year 2010/11). He has nine years’ experience of teaching IB Mathematics from Studies to Further Mathematics, as well as Theory of Knowledge and A Levels (OCR). He has a background as a researcher in both the physical and biological sciences.

Vesna Kadelburg is a teacher at the Stephen Perse Foundation (IB school of the year 2010/11). She has six years’ experience of teaching IB Mathematics at all levels. Whilst Head of Mathematics at Mander Portman Woodward College, she taught A Levels for all boards. She has represented both England and Serbia in international mathematics competitions and currently trains the UK mathematics team.

Ben Woolley is a teacher at the Stephen Perse Foundation (IB school of the year 2010/11). He has four years’ experience of teaching IB Mathematics and A Level (OCR). He has a background in epidemiology and is a qualified vet!

Stephen Ward is currently Head of Sixth Form at Lancing College in West Sussex where he is also responsible for the Gifted and Talented Programme for Mathematics. He has 6 years experience of teaching A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics (Edexcel and OCR) and as well as an undergraduate and Masters degree in Mathematics he also has a background in Educational research and Economics.

Caroline Meyrick is an IB teacher (supply) and was on the syllabus board for the new Mathematical Studies Standard Level syllabus for teaching in 2012.

Kwame Dwamena is a teacher of Mathematics at Luton Sixth Form College. He has been teaching both IB and A level Mathematics (OCR and Edexcel) for the past 14 years. He has also worked as a workshop leader for IB Teachers and led various IB Revision Courses.

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