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What is the difference between Math AI and Math AA?

Math AI is for students who enjoy mathematics when applied to a practical context. Topics such as statistics, distributions, matrices comprise a core part of its foundation and you will have access to a calculator for all papers. As with Math AA, you have the option of picking between AI SL and AI HL.

What is the difference between applications and interpretation (AI) and applications (AA)?

In comparison, the Applications and Interpretation (AI) course provides a very different perspective to some of the same problems and concepts that are explored in the AA syllabus.

How many hours of SL content are in AA and Ai?

For both AA and AI there are 60 hours of SL content that are common to both courses, and 60 hours of specific content. So what’s the difference between HL and SL?

What is the difference between Math AI SL and Ai HL?

As with Math AA, you have the option of picking between AI SL and AI HL. Math AI SL is most analogous to Math Studies, however Math AI HL is unlike any of the previously offered math courses. One interesting part to mention is that AA and AI do share topics in common. They first cover the same 5 topics but with varying emphasis in each area.

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By Indrani Banerjee

The maths courses for the IB diploma are changing. Whether or not this news brings fear, anxiety or happiness, we still have to make a choice between these two courses to take in the diploma years.


Pure maths or applied maths?

The IBO has released guides outlining the details of the syllabi for the two courses, so get your hands on them! Of course there will be sections of the document you may not understand thoroughly, but there is the World Wide Web just waiting for your google search.


SL or HL?

There is a fine line between challenging yourself and having unrealistic expectations, so when deciding between AA and AI or SL and HL, it is useful to keep in mind your strengths and weaknesses. For both AA and AI there are 60 hours of SL content that are common to both courses, and 60 hours of specific content.


Calc or non-calc?

AA involves a non-calculator paper whilst AI requires extensive use of a graphic calculator- do you have a preference? In the AA course the non-calculator paper forms 40% of your final grade, which is how both the current Standard Level and Higher Level courses are arranged.


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