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Welcome to IB Math Standard Level

International Baccalaureate SL

Mrs. Barbagallo


Welcome to IBSL.  I look forward to a wonderful and exciting year.  Our objectives for this course will include the successful completion of our academic curriculum (see below) coupled with an appreciation of the subject matter.  I strongly encourage you to be an active participant in the course work this year as it is the best way to get a true appreciation for the material.


  • Exponents and Logarithms
  • Quadratics, Functions, Transforming Functions
  • Sequences and Series
  • Unit Circle and Radian Measure
  • Non-Right Triangle Trigonometry
  • Trigonometric Functions
  • Trigonometric Identities and Equations
  •  Vectors and their Applications
  • Descriptive Statistics and Linear Modeling
  • Probability and Discrete Random Variables
  •  Normal Distribution
  • Limits
  • Derivatives and their Applications
  • Integrals and their Applications

Mathematical knowledge provides an important key to understanding the world in which we live. Mathematics can enter our lives in a number of ways: we buy produce in the market, consult a timetable, read a newspaper, time a process or estimate a length. Visual artists need to learn about perspective; musicians need to appreciate the mathematical relationships within and between different rhythms; economists need to recognize trends in financial dealings; and engineers need to take account of stress patterns in physical materials. Scientists view mathematics as a language that is central to our understanding of events that occur in the natural world. This prevalence of mathematics in our lives, with all its interdisciplinary connections, provides a clear and sufficient rationale for making the study of this subject compulsory for students studying the full diploma.

This particular course caters for students who already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and who are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly. The majority of these students will expect to need a sound mathematical background as they prepare for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business administration.  In addition this course is waited 10%.

Materials Needed: 

  • Looseleaf binder with four sections for:  Do Now problems, notes, homework, and tests.
  • Tools:  Pen, pencil, ruler, graph paper, textbook; Mathematics for the international student Mathematics SL (third edition)
  • Technology:  TI83/TI83Plus/TI84/TI84Plus, ActivStats Computer Program (provided)

HomeworkHomework is an integral part of our course work and will count for 10% of your grade.  At this level of study, thoughtful completion of assignments is expected.

Internal Assessment (IA): Internal assessment in mathematics SL is an individual exploration. This is a piece of written work that involves investigating an area of mathematics. It is marked according to five assessment criteria.  The IA is an integral part of the mathematics SL course, contributing 20% to the final assessment in the course, with the other 80% coming from a 2 day exam in May.


Grading:  Major tests will be rated out of a possible 80 or more points.  Quizzes will range from 10 to 50 points.  Your test grades grades will be determined by the total number of points earned divided by the total possible points. 

Your marking period grade will consist of

Tests/quizzes 90%

Homework 10%

Absences:  In the event of a legal absence, missed class work, homework, notes, tests, quizzes, etc. will need to be made up in a timely fashion – usually within 1 week of the absence unless there are extenuating circumstances.  Please understand that it is your responsibility to ask for work, quizzes, etc. which occurred during an absence.

Extra Help:  I will offer extra help on Tuesday afternoons.  In addition I will be available on other days which will be determined week by week.  Please do not hesitate to ask for help. 

Class Partner:  To assist each other, I would ask that each member of the class choose another student to collect any materials handed out in the event of an absence and to make copies of missed notes.

Concerns: Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at extra help or by e-mail at .  I will return your message as soon as possible.

Course Curriculum

Online Textbook

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Unit #7: Intro to Calculus

Unit #11: Applications of Differential Calculus (Kinematics)

Contact Information
By Mail:  1 Scholar Lane Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  (631) 912-2100
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