This book has been written for the IB Diploma Programme course Mathematics: applications and interpretation SL, for first assessment in May 2021.
This book is designed to complete the course in conjunction with the Mathematics: Core topics SL textbook. It is expected that students will start using this book approximately 6-7 months into the two-year course, upon the completion of the Mathematics: Core topics SL textbook.
The Mathematics: applications and interpretation courses have a focus on technology, and this book is written with this focus in mind. Where appropriate, graphics calculator screenshots and instructions have been provided to help students use technology to solve problems. An algebraic approach to solving the problem may also be included for completeness, and to help the students enhance their understanding. The material is presented in a clear, easy-to-follow style, free from unnecessary distractions, while effort has been made to contextualise questions so that students can relate concepts to everyday use.
Each chapter begins with an Opening Problem, offering an insight into the application of the mathematics that will be studied in the chapter. Important information and keynotes are highlighted, while worked examples provide step-by-step instructions with concise and relevant explanations. Discussions, Activities, Investigations, and Research exercises are used throughout the chapters to develop understanding, problem-solving, and reasoning.