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IB Standard Level Mathematics

Room 217 Ms. Lim

Email:         Voice-Mail: 612-668-8496.


Course Description:


IB Mathematics SL is a course (Group 5) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program and caters to students who have background knowledge of mathematical concepts. Throughout the year, this course aims to strengthen and expand students’ knowledge of these concepts; ultimately preparing students for future studies and the application of mathematics in their lives. The intention of this course is to expose students to concepts and applications of Algebra, Functions and Equations, Circular Functions and Trigonometry, Vectors, Statistics and Probability, and Calculus. Students will also learn the use of graphic display calculators (GDC) throughout the course as a tool for understanding and applying concepts from the topics listed above. The content of this course includes, but is not restricted to, all topics highlighted in the International Baccalaureate syllabus for Mathematics Standard Level.  This course will connect to Theory of Knowledge while exploring topics relating to proof, truth, and fallacy.  Students will be expected to complete the internal and external assessments that are administered during SL year 2.  This course is a 2 year course, with the following units of study.


Assessments will include internal and external requirements. Internally, students will be responsible for class work, homework assignments, quizzes, exams, group exercises, and Math Exploration. At the end of the year course, students will complete an external assessment developed and administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization. TEST dates will be announced!!


Major Units of Study:




·       Quadratics

·       Functions and Equations                                      • Sequences and Series

·       Exponents and Logarithms

·       Transforming Functions

·       Binomial Expansions

·       Trigonometry and the Unit Circle


·       Vectors 

·       Statistics and Probability

·       Calculus (year 1 and 2)






Required Texts and Other Supplies

  • “Mathematics for the International Student, Mathematics SL” Authors: Owen, Haese & Bruce
  • Students MUST have a TI-83plus calculator (or equivalent), math notebook, and writing utensil




  • Test Schedule

ü  We will have a test every 2-3 weeks at the end of each chapter.

ü  A comprehensive Final Exam will be given at the end of each quarter.

  • Internal Assessments

ü  Students are expected to complete a Math Exploration.

ü  The timelines of Math Exploration will be announced.

  • Homework

ü  Homework will be assigned daily and will be due the following class. Note, you are expected to complete all of your homework.

·       Class work

ü  Students are expected to start the class with warm-ups.

ü  Students may or may not be given an Exit ticket before they are dismissed from the class are expected to complete the exit ticket on their own, not cooperatively.

ü  Students are encouraged to work together and help each other learn mathematics.


Grading Policies:

Grades will be determined by averaging all work using the following breakdown.

            · FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT (Daily assignments) : 20% of the final grade.

            · SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (Quizzes, Tests and Math Exploration): 80% of the final grade.


Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

93% and above- A                  80%-82.99%--- B-                 67%-69.99%--- D+

90%-92.99%--- A-                 77%-79.99%--- C+                63%-66.99%--- D

87%-89.99%--- B+                73%-76.99%--- C                  60%-62.99%----D-

83%-86.99%--- B                  70%-72.99%--- C-                 Below 60% results in a failing grade

Grades are updated every weekend. If you would like your current grade, check the website each Monday night.


Absences/Make-Up Policy

·       It is the students’ responsibility to find out what they have missed while absent and to make-up that work within 2 days of their return.


Field Trip/School Activity absence policy
  • All homework assignments due next day of your absence must be turned into Ms. Lim.
  • You must check with Ms. Lim to get homework assignment in person prior to leaving the school building or with e mail. At that time you will be given the assignment you will miss. 
  • Ms. Lim will share the class schedule with homework assignment in google docs.


Extra Credit

  • No extra credit or curve test scores down will be rewarded.



Tardy Policy

·       Students are expected to be on time for class. Excessive tardiness will require me to call home to speak with a parent/guardian and will be ruled by the PHHS tardy policy.

·       You are considered tardy if you are not in your seat assigned when the bell rings.


Extra Help

     Students are encouraged to arrange time to meet with me before or after school. I am very willing to help you. There will also be Math Tutorials after school on Monday in Ms. Lim’s room from 3:00 to 4:00pm.


What NOT to bring to class

·       DO NOT bring food, drink (except water), coats, purses, hats, bandannas, backpacks, or any electronic devices (except calculators). This means that even putting it out on desk is not allowed.  If seen, it will be taken away right away and you may pick it up after school from your dean.



Parent Guardian Contact


Communication with your parent or guardian is an important component of your education.  Grades will be sent to your parents at the middle and end of each quarter along with parent teacher conferences as well as phone calls to parents as needed.



Academic Dishonesty


The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents definition of Scholastic Dishonesty as stated in the Student Conduct Code is:


“Plagiarizing; cheating on assignments or examinations; engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work; taking, acquiring, or using test materials without faculty permission; submitting false or incomplete records of academic achievement; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards, or professional endorsements; or altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record; or fabricating or falsifying of data, research procedures, or data analysis.” (


Students who are caught plagiarizing someone else’s work may receive a failing grade for the individual assignment/test or for the course at the discretion of the instructor.