The IB DP Mathematics: applications and interpretation course recognizes the role that mathematics and technology play in various fields in a data-rich world. It emphasizes the meaning of mathematics in context by focusing on topics that are often used as applications. To provide a strong base, this course includes topics that are part of a pre-university mathematics course. Students are encouraged to solve real-world problems and communicate this mathematically and interpret conclusions. Students develop strong technology skills, and will be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between the theoretical and practical concepts. All external assessments involve the use of technology. Students develop the skills needed to continue their mathematical growth in other learning environments. The internally assessed exploration allows students to develop independence in mathematical learning. Throughout the course students are encouraged to take a considered approach to various mathematical activities.

Mathematics: applications and interpretation curriculum overview

Syllabus component Recommended teaching hours (SL)
● Number and algebra
● Functions
● Geometry and trigonometry
● Statistics and probability
● Calculus
Development of investigational, problem-solving and modelling skills and the exploration of an area of mathematics30
Total teaching hours150

Assessment model:

The assessment objectives include:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Problem solving
  • Communication and interpretation
  • Technology
  • Reasoning
  • Inquiry approaches
Type of assessment Format of assessmentTime (hours)
Weighting of final grade (%) SL
Paper 1No technology allowed.

Section A: compulsory short-response questions based on the syllabus.

Section B: compulsory extended-response questions based on the syllabus
Paper 2Technology allowed.

Section A: compulsory short-response questions based on the syllabus.

Section B: compulsory extended-response questions based on the syllabus.

The aims of all DP mathematics courses are to: develop a curiosity and understanding of the concepts and principles of mathematics, communicate mathematics concisely in a variety of contexts, develop logical and creative thinking, and patience in problem solving, employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalization, take action to apply skills to other areas of knowledge and in their communities, appreciate how developments in technology and mathematics influence each other, appreciate the moral, social and ethical questions arising from the work of mathematicians, appreciate the universality of mathematics and its multicultural, international and historical perspectives, develop the ability to reflect critically upon their own work and of others, and independently and collaboratively extend their understanding of mathematics.